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Kashima

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 2

40 minutes downhill, sharp switchbacks, steep technical down hill, and lots of leaves, twigs, bolders. Holds the local record for breaking the most bikes, and people.
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Trail Directions
Get directions to Kashimayari Ski area. Park in the lot or car shuttle up. Ride or drive up the paved road access to the Ski area (closed during winter). Take a left when you reach the ski grounds. Follow the road across the saddle to the next mountain. At the apex of a left hand bend (that usually has a portable toilet) you will find a stair case going up to the left. Take the stair case to the mini peak. Head left down the little used trail (not right on the hiking trail).
Trail Length
??? long way up, 40 minutes down.
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Hakuba/Omachi
   


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Review Date
September 26, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: angus mcgarva , from brisbane australia

Summary:
the top has alot of bamboo grass covering all the rocks and roots. when the trail gets to a shrine go left. this is probably the steepest section of the trail. if its your first time its easy to get lost as the track is not too distinctive. the bottom section is basicly a river bed and can get a bit hairy. eventualy you will get to fire trail,follow the obvious road down. as soon as you see the first house then turn left and then head north back to kashimayari ski resort.

Recommended Route:
if you have a big rig or a heavy free ride machine then maybe its best to car shuttle to the top as its steep and unrelenting.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
follow the directions to the top of the kashima trail but instead of going left and down go right an follow the trail along the ridge. you will go past a paragliding launch site. keep heading south on the gravel trail. towards the end it gets supa steep ;-) eventualy the trail splits and the left track looks unused. you want to go right and when the track hits the road go right again. follow the bitumen back to the steps you first hiked up and then do the kashima trail.



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Review Date
June 11, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Brett Hutchings , from Nagano

Summary:
A good trail not for the vertically challenged or a familly ride but good fun for a progressing intermeadiatenot to scary but a good idea to get off your bike sometimes to have a look at what is ahead (if in doubt check it out)But like many rides in honshu is on a clay base and can get nasty slippery when it rains.

Recommended Route:
Drive up from lake Kaziko ,round the back from route 148.As the climb is long

Other recommended trails in the same area:
If this is to easy for you cheek out the back side of Iwatake ski resort .Ther is a down hill course there which is good fun but by a gondolar ticket (one trip is 700 yen.Then when you go to the top go past the resturant at the top and look for a hiking trail at the top of the mountain past the resturaunt.ride until you get to a few wood benches on the right ,then behind the benches is a hiking course that goes down the mountain following a waterfall this is the course you want to ride (not the downhill course up the top because that is to easy for a man like you.If still in need of more danger wait untill it is raining to do this course.This is a very steep very tight single tack wher it pays sometimes to get off your bike and look around that blind corner first as you dont want to fall of the trail and drop 4 meters onto a waterfall.(it would be easy to do )



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