Summary: This is a serious climb. You should only go with someone who's done it before. It's close to 7000ft over 5.8 miles. There is a trail from Cold Springs campground up to the first glacier, and from there you have to know your way.There's snow year round. Many climbers camp overnight at elevation (6-9000 feet) and summit the following day. We did this in one day, starting out at 6:15. Depending on the time of year, you can get into serious weather. You need to be physically prepared, and you need a good day pack with lots of water, energy bars, layers of clothing and emergency supplies. It gets cold at the top - 12,285'.You should know the symptoms of altitude sickness. You have to be ready to slide (glissade) down, or the walk will be very strenuous. All that said, when you summit you will be at one of the highest points in the Northwest, and there aren't too many experiences you'll go through in life that are more rewarding. Be SAFE! Go with an experienced person.
Trailhead: Take highway 141 north from White Salmon, just accross the Columbia through Hood River approx. 22 miles Trout Lake. Go north of town 1 mile on forest service road 23, then onto FS 80 on the right approx. 1 mi. out of town. Folow signs to the South Climb. Stay on 80, then onto 8040 and go to the Cold Springs Camnpground. Take the trai lon the north edge of the campgroud. You can camp at Cold Springs or along the trail up to 9000 feet in climbers bivouacs if you're goning to do this climb in two days. You MUST obtain a climbing permit from the Trout Lake Ranger Station for $15.00 to park at Cold Springs and to climb. (Lat:46.13555 Lon:-121.4941)
Trail Guides for Mt. Adams South Approach, near Trout Lake, WA:
Best Seasons: Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Mount Adams Ranger District, Trout Lake Ranger Station 509-395-3400
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Steve Snyder, who has posted 13 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Ray on 6/28/2006
I'm one of the fools that didn't bring anything to help me glissade down, so the trudge down was brutal (especially with a heavy pack below our campsite). Now I recommend bringing a heavy-duty garbage bag (wear like pants), rain pants, or a glissade pad attached to a harness. If I ever go again, it probably will be a one-day hike with a relatively light backpack.
Reviewed by Lando on 1/15/2006
did it a few summers ago. pretty cool, didnt quite make it to the top cuz a few of my buddies got altitude sickness. make sure you're in shape. good idea to bring an ice ax and crampons in the early season(may-july). know how to use a map +compass. if you do this, and have climber buddies, i would suggest doing the north cleaver/ridge route. a little harder, steeper, and more interesting. only do it with experienced buddies though.
Reviewed by JRA on 7/30/2005
Reviewed by Da Cruiser on 4/17/2005
One of my favorites, I've done it over a dozen times. Of course, I've done Mt.Si and Dog Mtn. maybe 200 times each, Granite Mtn. maybe 100. My knees feel it. For info on Adams go to www.summitpost.org. Excellent site! Watch for government maggots handing out tickets on Adams. Also watch for the FS stash of emergency gear in a big box taking up a primo camp site. Very illegal, per the Wilderness Act. I think if you buy the Volcano pass you don't need the NW Forest Pass, but ask the maggots. Best camps at 8500 or so. Camps at Lunch Counter are too cold. Especially in October! Any recent data on snow level???? Bring a stove to melt snow if water isn't running early in the season.
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