Mount Adams Summit Hike via South Climb Trail #183

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5.7 mi
Distance
1 hrs 53 min
Time
terrain
6,657 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This is a difficult one way trail in Mount Adams Wilderness. Mount Adams is the 2nd highest peak in Washington and this summit should only be accomplished by experienced hikers, with necessary gear (crampons/ice axe/poles etc).

This trail starts near Cold Springs Campground and passes Crescent Glacier. There are no established trails beyond Crescent Glacier.

Summit can be accomplished via a long strenuous day hike or a backpack with many staying at the Lunch Counter (approx 9,400ft) but there are numerous sites on the way. The sites are very exposed and can be found by the rock wall wind shelters.

Getting Started

Very heavily traffic trail. Lots of parking but expect to park on the side of the road on the way to the trailhead especially during the weekends. There are 2 vault toilets at the trailhead.

Need a Cascade Volcano Pass for this hike ($15 weekend; $10 week days) from Trout Lake Ranger station or via recreation.gov.

Make sure to pick up a "Human Waste pack-out System" at the trail head for your defecation needs in the sensitive area



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    4 months, 3 weeks ago
    Hiked 8/15/20. Started at 4:30 am. 12.5hrs RT. Absolutely gorgeous weather. Beautiful views, mountain goats, a little stream, friendly vibe. Took my niece and nephew who were 14 and 12, and my brother-in-law and a friend. Just wore hiking boots and crampons up. Although plenty of people were doing it in micro spikes. You could use either. Bring a ice axes for glissading back down. I used hiking poles, but not necessary. Watch out for potholes of water. Lol. It was just so pretty... the entire way. At the top you could see all the mtns- hood, Helens, Rainer, baker. 🐐☀️🗻
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