Fujisan Trek: Descending Trail

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The descending trail is mostly volcanic soil

While it was easy climbing up, going down was taxing to my toes and legs. Had to use my leg muscles for braking most of the time or else I would feel like I’ll lose my footing on the steep slope. I guess it was mostly psychological. The Yoshida descending route is different from the ascending one, tiring but the view was better.

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Descending can be slippery

At past 8 AM, it was hot that I was down to my shirt and pants though I’ve put on REI gaiters to keep the volcanic soil from entering my trail running shoes. The trail is mostly loose volcanic soil with no huts along the route and with occasional mountain crawler encounter. Thoughts of coming back and bringing my daughter to this volcano were on my mind while descending because really, the trek was such a beautiful experience.

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The view of the clouds below

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One of the trail markers along Yoshida descending trail

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Hikers descending and resting

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Trail marker

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If that little girl can hike Mt Fuji, then so can you

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An emergency shelter for bad weather or eruption

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Trail marker. Still a long way to go down

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I imagine it would be fun and scary to just slide all the way down

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The sparse vegetation up there

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Finally reaching the 5th station

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