Kurikomayama 栗駒山 10/02/2017

We were in a hurry. Before the red and yellow leaves turn brown and gray, we wanted to see the supposedly most beautiful autumn leaves in Kurikomayama in Miyagi Prefecture.

急げ、紅葉が見ごろを過ぎる前に、栗駒山(宮城県)に登らねば。紅葉が最も美しい山なのだそうだ。

 

So, after climbing 20 pitches in Ogawayama, we put all the luggage in my car. Then we went to a public bath nearby to refresh ourselves, had a quick dinner there, and headed to the north. I fell asleep in the front seat. But Sue kept driving at xxx kilometers per hour, covered 500 km, and we arrived at a Michi-no-eki (a small mall for automobiles) at around 3 o’clock in the morning. We slept there for a few hours, woke up at 6, had a breakfast, and drove another 100 kilometers to Iwakagami-daira parking, which is at the hillside (1,113m above sea level) of Kurikomayama(1,627m).

小川山で20ピッチのマルチピッチルートを登ったあと、荷物を車に積んで近くの温泉に向かった。そこで食事をしてから一路北へ。私は助手席で眠ってしまったが、運転してくれたSueは500キロ走り、朝の3時に三本木という道の駅に着いた。数時間仮眠して、朝御飯を食べ、更に一般道を100キロ走って栗駒山登山口のいわかがみ平に着いた。そこは標高1,113m、栗駒山の頂上は1,627mである。

 

Kurikomayama has 9 different trails leading to the summit. We chose a short and easy loop trail, about 90 minutes going up (East-Kurikoma course) and 70 minutes going down(Central course). We started walking at 9AM. The trail was like a stream channel, soft and muddy. Then we came across a beautiful river. After crossing the river, the trail became less wet, and the view was superb.

栗駒山には9本の登山ルートがある。私たちは短くて簡単な東栗駒コース(登り90分)と中央コース(下り70分)を選んだ。登り下りでループになる。朝9時に出発。登山道は泥の道だったが、やがて美しい沢に出た。沢を渡ると登山道はやや乾いてきた。素晴らしい眺めだ。

 

The autumn leaves were not as breath-taking as I wished. Maybe sunlight was insufficient during the summer. Still we enjoyed this short hiking. We came back to the parking at 14:00.

紅葉は期待したほどすごくはなかった。この夏の日照不足が原因だろうか。それでも楽しいハイキングだった。午後2時に駐車場に戻った。

 

 

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