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The Fake Mt. Fuji

 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 12:05 pm    Post subject: The Fake Mt. Fuji  Reply with quote

This forum has had a trip report about the real Mt. Fuji in Japan. But it seems we've neglected the fake one above Henninger Flats. Personally I think it's a ridiculous name for a minor bump which maybe, sort of resembles the real Fuji, but only if you disregard scale, squint your eyes, hold your breath, and quickly glance at it from the immediate west. From any other side, it looks unremarkable. Like this...



Or like this...



If you want to see it from Henninger Flats, you'll have to hike up there yourself. I approached starting down from Mt. Wilson.



This bird also launched off of Mt. Wilson.



It's about four miles one-way to fake Fuji, if you take the singletrack from Wilson down to the old toll road. I don't recommend this route unless you really like fire roads but really hate starting at Eaton Canyon. Or you want to catch a long-distance view of Baldy with snow on top.



Anyway, after putting in the four miles, and dropping about two thousand feet of elevation, I reached the scruffy service road that goes up to the summit area.



Fake Fuji is marked on the USGS topo as 3681'. It is the little rise at the east end of a flat, tree-lined stretch of ridge about a quarter-mile in length.

On the summit I found a fire ring and a couple planks of wood. The view of Wilson and Harvard was clear.



At the west end of the flat the rough service road leads to some electronic equipment and solar panels.





Someone spends a lot of time up here building rock towers.



Looking across Eaton Canyon, there is a nice view of the ridge between West Fuji and Mt. Muir.



I sat in the grass under a tree and enjoyed a sandwich before heading back to Mt. Wilson. On the way down the non-biting flies were slightly annoying. But on the way up they left me alone, probably because the temperature had chilled a bit.

Also, FYI: at Mt. Wilson, the faucet next to the parking lot was working.

Garbage picked up and packed out: one wash cloth, five plastic bottles, one aluminum can, a metal clamp, a scrap of hard plastic, and four food wrappers.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 12:51 pm    Post subject: fake Mt. Fuji Reply with quote

I want to go to the fake Mt. Fuji
sound like fun!
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All I hear is Fugee this, Fugee that, where Fugee at?  Cool

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 10:09 pm    Post subject: Fuji Camp and Peak Reply with quote

yeah, Robinson says somewhere that some people of Japanese ancestry lived at the upper Fuji Camp in the 1920s.

There are signs of the old direct trail from Fuji Camp to this summit... but the only practical way to attain it nowadays are via Mt Wilson Toll Road, or using the ancient Pasadena Glen Road... About 2 years ago i used the latter route - it was fun.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 11:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Fuji Camp and Peak Reply with quote

daveb wrote:
yeah, Robinson says somewhere that some people of Japanese ancestry lived at the upper Fuji Camp in the 1920s.

There are signs of the old direct trail from Fuji Camp to this summit... but the only practical way to attain it nowadays are via Mt Wilson Toll Road, or using the ancient Pasadena Glen Road... About 2 years ago i used the latter route - it was fun.


Is there public access to the Pasadena Glen Road? I haven't checked it out yet.

Also, I grabbed this 1905 image of Mt. Fuji from a "Nature Trail Guide" pamphlet that I got at the Henninger Flats visitor center. Too bad the top of the mountain was cropped out. Still, it gives a sense of what those Japanese residents were probably seeing.


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