Ascent of Chokai-zan on 2019-10-07

Climber: Rob Woodall

Date:Monday, October 7, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:7336 ft / 2236 m

Ascent Trip Report

From S, end of long winding paved road, good parking, well defined trail, turn R after first hut, R again at a fork (obviously uphill, on descent is signposted L for roadhead parking), at 1540m pass another building (ex hut?), shortly fork L and follow yellow paint markings as trail not so obvious for a while, steps and a few barely needed ladders, follow ridge (trail keeps R of crest), eventually reach a saddle marked with a post (straight on/R leads to the lower Shichikozan 2229m P64 which has a first grade trig) and note a rope/chain marking a steep stony /rocky route descending L, heading a little R of fall line to reach a small pool. Summit route is up and slightly R, white paint markings, a few variations, higher up a boulder field with trail now copiously marked with white arrows as it scrambles over large boulders, passes a depression, enters a hole with a small chain, exits and then climbs easy rocky slope to reach summit up to L, outcrop highpoint with 2236m written on nearby rock. I use my hand level to sight to the other candidate summits which are all lower, by 0.3m to 1m.

Very impressive summit, very entertaining route, scrambling mostly YDS2+, barely YDS3 in a couple of spots. Cold windy day, we pass several parties who have turned back, but we've both travelled a long way and persevere, not hard, too windy, we're dressed for the weather. We're at 2229m Shichikozan in 4 hrs, then 40 mins to Chokai summit, 3h40 down. Then a 3hr drive to Niigata
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3378 ft / 1029 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3378 ft / 1029 m
    Distance:7.5 mi / 12 km
    Start Trailhead:3958 ft / 1206 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Rob Woodall
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