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Tanzawa Lake loop

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No. of Reviews: 6

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35.41276714947855
Longitude
139.0452003479004
Trail Directions
Drive the Tomei out to Exit 6 Oimatsuda IC. After paying the toll (750yen from Atsugi IC)take the exit for Kita Yama (Route 246) at the signal light turn left and drive to Route 42 and turn left. (ENEOS)Continue up this road past the DAM up thehill and through the tunel. Turn left and follow the road around until you cross the suspension bridge. Turn left through the tunnel and continue on the road until it ends at a small tunout with a run-down restaurant near the stream. There is parking here for about a dozen cars. If full you can park at the toilets you passed about 300m back or if you want a warm up ride you can park at either the upper or lower dam parking areas. (they close and lock up at 1600) If you choose to park here ride up along the left side of the lake as it is nicer and closed to car traffic. I strongly advise getting there before 0900 as you will hit traffic on the 246 and delays have been known to be up to an hour geting to the turn off for Tanzawa lake (9km).
Trail Length
20 Kilometers
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Kita Yama
State/Territory/Province
Kanagawa-ken
Country
Japan
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Review Date
May 19, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: shonan_surfer ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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Review Date
May 19, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: shonan_surfer ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Photo journal of this trail available here.

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Review Date
May 16, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: shonan_surfer ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
A steep and technical singletrack that will require only two dismonts for less that 30 seconds each to traverse after you climb down the steps from the trailhead at the fire road. This section is the steepest of the previous courses and the most technical overall but due to the setup can be ridden in all spots. there is even a couple of short "North Shore" style log bridges to cross although they aren't 15 feet in the air. careful after the second bridge as you will need to dismount quickly as the trail is washed / washing away so you need to carry the bike (next time bring a shovel and contribute to the mainenence of the trail) After this drop your seat to the bottem and hang off the back of your bike down through to the switchbacks. You will be forced to dismount on one for sure maybe more if you haven't got the skills but this corse is technical but rideable all the way to the bottom for those who are careful and skilled. The trail ends on the other side of one of the streams that feeds Tanzawa lake You will have to pick up and carry your bike across the footbridge (one person at a time please!!) It's safe but seen better days and some of the boards are suspect. hold the wire for safety and support to stop the swing and bounce. I am sure you will recognise your location as you passed it about 3.5 - 4hrs ago. follow the road back down to your car.

Recommended Route:
I reccomend packing a towel in the car on or bringing some trunks for swiming as there is a perfect spot right after you pass the yellow truck and cross the bridge. Jump in and wash the dust and dirt off cool but not to bad in may - sept.If you do go for a swim lay off the SUNTORY MALTS for a couple of weeks. you just washed in their water supply.



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Review Date
May 16, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: shonan_surfer ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The second leg of this trail runs along the ridgeline. About 5km and will take you about 90min to ride. 5 min of those spent off the bike walking. You can ride 98% of this trail without droping a foot although it is very technical in spots if you choose your lines and work it you will never have to get off the bike except to walk up a couple of smooth but steep sections and down a sucidal decent on a bike. there are ropes to grab onto and i suggest you use them. The ground is clean and maintained singletrack softpack dirt mostly shaded with NO ROCKS!! and roots are not an issue except in one of the technical sections (stay to the right) down through the forrest. If you catch a branch and break something its all downhill to the car so not to worry unless you need medical attention

Recommended Route:
There are plenty of stops to rest and enjoy the view. take time to admire the artwork on the trail posts. This trail is well know and apparently popular, however, the most people I have ever encontered up here was 5 all 60yr old plus hikers and NO bikers or evidence of their passing. there is one fork in the trail that leads back down somewhere DONT TAKE IT stay to the right if in doubt. the trail section ends onto a fireroad where you will be able to choose one of three options. I choose the one to the left as you get on the road.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Once you have made it to this section of fire road you can either cross the road and continue along the same ridgeline. I rode this trail once in the winter months when there was some snow on the ground. It's a fun course and if you start to come here a lot good for a change but inferior (my opinion) the trail is much of the same type of single track thar runs along a fenceline for a wildlife protection area. it's close in spots mind your bars and elbows. the trail finnishes with the standard swithback steep decent common to the trails in japan where you will be forced to dismount one way or the other. It will take about another 60-90 min to complete this course and you will come out below the dam on route 76 about 10km back to the car if you parked at the trailhead.
The last and worst option is to turn right and follow the fireroad down to the edge of town (Oyamamachi) and onto route 246 about 16 km from your car. Use this only if you like road riding or you or your equipment have suffered an injury requiring assistance.



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Review Date
May 16, 2005

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: shonan_surfer ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I will break the trail down into three sections for review.
The first is the fire road. This is the longest section of the three at about 13km of middle chain ring rolling and slightly uphill well maintained hardpack dirt road. a couple of sections you may be tempted to use the granny gear probably on the last 30% of the course. there are two downhill sections on the road that last for 45 and 30 seconds. the first has chances to catch small jumps but watch the speed going into the corners as they are slick and loose. the fire road ends up on the ridge under the high voltage lines that you can see after the fist downhill section. You will be able to see fuji speedway in the distance and mt fuji off to the left from the road (route 147). the next leg of the trail starts immediatly to your left as you reach the pavement.

Recommended Route:
I was mistaken on the route number for Tanzawa lake. you should drive to route 76 and then to the end route 729 to find the trailhead. approximatly 9km from route 246.



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