Fuji Mountain

August 18, 2002

The seven hikers undeterred by the trip leader’s warning that you needed to be in good shape to enjoy the hike had great views to reward their physical efforts. The trail starts from Waldo Lake Road and steadily grinds up and up, gaining 2200' in 5.5 miles. The first three miles include several pretty, cool lakes (plus the requisite mosquitoes) before the trail winds up into the drier vegetation of the upper reaches of the mountain. Some hikers were deceived by reaching a rocky plateau with great views and thinking they had reached the summit, only to find the trail went on! Within a reasonably short distance the true summit was reached and the 360 degree view was spectacular. In spite of all the wild fires, the air was clear enough that we could see as far as Mt. Hood, with Mts Jefferson and Washington, Three Fingered Jack, North and South Sister, Broken Top and Mt. Bachelor lining up. The whole of Waldo Lake lay below us, and when we turned around, Diamond Peak was in our faces! Perfect weather conditions (not too hot and a pleasant breeze) kept us so comfortable we spent an hour on top before dragging ourselves away. Hikers were Obsidians Jan Jacobsen, Fred Felter, Sue Wolling and trip leader Chris Stockdale, who were joined by non-members Robert Carlson, Chris McCoy and Becky Johnson.

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