Hiking Washingtonand39;s Mount Adams Country  by Fred Barstad

Hiking Washington's Mount Adams Country Guide Book

by Fred Barstad (Falcon Guides)
Hiking Washingtonand39;s Mount Adams Country  by Fred Barstad
Lace up your boots and sample forty-seven hikes in the Mount Adams, Indian Heaven, and Trapper Creek Wilderness Areas. Connected by the Pacific Crest Trail, these rugged areas offer very different environments and hiking experiences. Climb the glaciated slopes of Mount Adams along the South Climb Route or the North Cleaver; hike through old-growth forest where Native Americans collected huckleberries each summer; or take in views of the Cascade Range as far north as Mount Rainier and as far south as the Three Sisters in central Oregon. Veteran hiker Fred Barstad introduces you to these beautiful sights and many more.

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Trails from the "Hiking Washington's Mount Adams Country" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 38.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 38.

Descend this lightly used route from high on a ridgeline into the depths of Dry Creek Canyon. From the triangle-shaped junction with the Observation Trail at Berry Camp, the Big Hollow Trail begins its descent to the east. Beargrass, avalanche lilies, trilliums, and huckleberry bushes dot the forest floor beneath the canopy of fir and hemlock.
Carson, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
Hike along a mostly open ridgeline with fantastic views and tons of flowers, from a poorly marked trailhead on Forest Road 41 to the summit of Silver Star Mountain. Bears are common here; keep a sharp lookout and you may see one. Looking southwest from the open talus slope, the Columbia River and Portland can be seen in the distance through the haze. You reach the ridgeline, at 3,460 feet elevation, on the west side of Little Baldy 0.6 mile after leaving the timbered saddle.
Carson, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 13
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A short hike to a high rock outcrop overlooking the Wind River Valley and then on to a long-abandoned lookout site. The Wind River Valley, Mount Hood, and part of the Columbia Gorge are in view from the viewpoint. If you are here in the early morning or in the evening, watch for Roosevelt elk in the fields far below. There is good cell-phone service from this viewpoint. Past the last switchback the trail continues to climb to the ridgeline of Bunker Hill, where the concrete base blocks that once supported a fire lookout can be found. Dense woods limit the view from the summit, at 2,350 feet above sea level.
Carson, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.6
Cultus Creek Trail offers lots of flowers and an excellent view of Mount Adams as well as the shortest access route to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in the Indian Heaven Wilderness. Leaving the Cultus Creek Campground, the trail climbs through mixed fir and hemlock forest. Huckleberry bushes encroach on the tread as it gains altitude. A small metal sign lets you know you are entering Indian Heaven Wilderness 0.2 mile from the trailhead. Lupine, paintbrush, phlox, and avalanche lilies bloom in the openings in mid-July, and occasionally leopard lilies pop up, adding their festive orange color.
Trout Lake, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 3.2
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Divide Camp Trail first climbs through dense forest. Then the timber thins as you trek across the subalpine landscape beside Adams Creek on the northwest slope of Mount Adams to a junction with the Pacific Crest Trail.
Randle, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 5.6
Early season hike through dense forest with a good possibility of seeing a band of Roosevelt elk. Crossing Bourbon Creek and Dry Creek could be difficult during times of high water. Snowdrifts seem to hang on later in the spring in the Wind River drainage than they do in other areas of comparable altitude.
Carson, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.3
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Hike into the heart of Indian Heaven Wilderness.
Trout Lake, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 5.2
Hike a lowland canyon to one of the best waterfalls to be found. This trail is open to mountain bikes as well as hikers. GPS units seem to have a hard time receiving in this canyon. Soon the trace traverses below short cliffs to reach the viewpoint near the base of the beautiful, three-stage Falls Creek Falls. The elevation at the viewpoint is about 2,000 feet, and you are 1.7 miles from the Falls Creek Falls trailhead. There is some exposure at the viewpoint so if you have children with you, watch them closely. Moss-covered rocks line the falls, behind the mist, and maidenhair ferns grow from the cracks.
Trout Lake, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.4
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Descend through mostly second-growth forest and openings, passing collapsed lava tubes, from near the western edge of Indian Heaven Wilderness to Lower Falls Creek trailhead, deep in the Wind River Canyon. Parties with stock and mountain bikers commonly use this trail. The route crosses several roads both in use and abandoned. It also follows a few roadbeds for short distances. Good route-finding and map-reading skills are necessary to follow this trail.
Trout Lake, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 8.9
Hike to a windswept plateau high on the northwest slope of Mount Adams. Before August the upper mile of this route may be at least partially snow covered some years. There are several campsites available in the groves of stunted trees at High Camp. Gentian thrives in the wet meadows along the stream, and on drier slopes paintbrush, dwarf lupine, heather, and juniper cover the ground. Note that the stream generally has more water in the afternoon because of snowmelt. Watch for the many mountain goats that inhabit the area; you may notice their shed hair clinging to the stunted trees around High Camp.
Randle, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 8.2
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A great early season hike across flower-covered bench lands to great views of the Columbia River and Mount Hood. The trail begins on the south side of SR 14. Take the time to read the informational signs next to the trailhead and then hike south, bearing left at the fork in the trail just past the signs.The unmaintained path to the right goes a short distance across the bench and then becomes overgrown with brush as it descends a draw. Wild irises bloom in early May in the shallow depression next to the fork. There is no water along the route. Poison oak is abundant in the gullies around the butte, and there is the possibility of a rattlesnake anywhere. Ticks are also present in the spring and summer.
Lyle, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
Mountain views and pristine meadows dotted with alpine flowers await you as you hike into Indian Heaven Wilderness via Indian Heaven Trail. At a switchback, 1 mile into the hike, there is an excellent viewpoint at 4,800 feet elevation on the right side of the trail. Mount Adams is close by to the northeast, and to its left Goat Rocks are in the distance. To the north, craggy, ice-sheathed 14,410-foot-high Mount Rainier lifts its blunt dome far above the surrounding terrain.
Trout Lake, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 6.4
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Hike across the southern end of Indian Heaven Wilderness to Indian Racetrack, where Native Americans in times past raced their horses. Then, climb to the summit of Red Mountain. Indian Racetrack is a shallow groove cut across the meadow. Native Americans came to this plateau late each summer to pick and dry the abundant huckleberries. For diversion they wildly raced their horses across this meadow and gambled on the results.
Trout Lake, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 7
A short hike to a beautiful waterfall. Children should be kept under close supervision on this trail, as falling from it is possible. This is a hikers-only trail. Early in the season (June), the force of the falls causes considerable mist, which carries well past this bench. A use path leads on down the last few feet to the edge of the pool, but much of the time it is muddy and slick.
Trout Lake, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.3
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Hike across vibrant meadows and descend to the shore of Lemei Lake before climbing to the junction with Indian Heaven Trail.
Trout Lake, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 4.1
Hike across flower-covered slopes and meadows and past rugged Lemei Rock to a junction with Indian Heaven Trail near Cultus Lake. Hike a short distance off the Lemei Trail, to beautiful alpine Lake Wapiki.
Trout Lake, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 10.4
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Climb a challenging route to the highest point in the Washington Cascades south of Mount Rainier. Mountain goats are common up to 9,500 feet elevation along this spectacular route. Good map-reading and route-finding skills are necessary to follow this route safely, especially in a storm or darkness. Altitude sickness affects a fair percentage of the climbers on Mount Adams. Keeping well hydrated and moving at a moderate but steady pace lessens your chances of getting altitude sick, but it may happen anyway. The best cure for altitude sickness is to descend as soon as possible. The stream at High Camp usually flows more in the afternoon, so fill your water bottles before you go to bed. There is usually no water available along the route above Iceberg Lake.
Randle, WA - Climbing - Trail Length: 17.2
The South Climb Route is the easiest way to climb the second-highest peak in Washington. Be sure you are in shape before attempting this climb because if you are not, it will be grueling. Altitude sickness affects a fair percentage of the climbers on Mount Adams. Keeping well hydrated and moving at a moderate but steady pace lessens your chances of getting altitude sick, but it may happen anyway. The best cure for altitude sickness is to descend as soon as possible. If you are not an experienced mountaineer, it is best to join a party with experienced leadership. All members of the party should carry an ice ax and crampons. Don’t wait until you need them to learn to put on your crampons. Get plenty of instruction and practice in the proper use of an ice ax before you attempt the climb.
Trout Lake, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 11.2
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Traverse lush meadows and mid-mountain forest as you climb to the subalpine realm at the northwestern foot of Mount Adams. Mount Adams rises high above to your right as you leave the trailhead and hike east across Muddy Meadows. Shortly you enter the fringes of the lodgepole pine and spruce forest along the northern edge of the meadow.
Randle, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 8.6
Climb from deep in Trapper Creek Canyon to Howe Ridge, and maybe make a short side trip to Observation Peak. Then continue through the old-growth forest to the upper trailhead on Forest Road 58. There isn’t usually any water along the upper 6.5 miles of this trail. There is 3,000 feet of elevation gain hiking the Observation Trail in this direction.
Carson, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 8.4
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