Mount Adams Highline Trail Backpacking

Trout Lake, Washington

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Of the five major volcanic peaks in the Washington Cascades, only Mount Baker lacks any sort of around-the-mountain trail. The remaining four all have very scenic routes that feature lots of flowers, terrific mountain scenery, and great views. The journey around Mount Adams includes the same attractions as the others but also has some significant differences. First of all, the trail here is less strenuous, generally managing to avoid the deep canyons and high ridges found on the other trips. Second, the weather on Mount Adams is usually better, since it is located further east. Finally, longer road access over gravel and dirt roads ensures that Mount Adams is somewhat less crowded, so while you won’t exactly be lonesome you should enjoy more solitude. The biggest drawback of this hike is a large gap on the east side of the mountain that is missing any sort of trail, so the full loop cannot be completed. Thus, unlike the trips around other mountains, this hike requires a significant backtrack and a long car shuttle.
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Backpacking Washington

by Douglas Lorain (Wilderness Press)

Of the five major volcanic peaks in the Washington Cascades, only Mount Baker lacks any sort of around-the-mountain trail. The remaining four all have very scenic routes that feature lots of flowers, terrific mountain scenery, and great views. The journey around Mount Adams includes the same attractions as the others but also has some significant differences.

First of all, the trail here is less strenuous, generally managing to avoid the deep canyons and high ridges found on the other trips. Second, the weather on Mount Adams is usually better, since it is located further east. Finally, longer road access over gravel and dirt roads ensures that Mount Adams is somewhat less crowded, so while you won’t exactly be lonesome you should enjoy more solitude. The biggest drawback of this hike is a large gap on the east side of the mountain that is missing any sort of trail, so the full loop cannot be completed. Thus, unlike the trips around other mountains, this hike requires a significant backtrack and a long car shuttle.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Trout Lake
Distance: 38
Elevation Gain: 5,600 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4-5 days
Season: Usually open mid-July to mid-October; best late July through August
Trailhead Elevation: 6,000 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Mount Adams Ranger District
Local Maps: USFS - Mount Adams Wilderness
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Adams Highline Trail (Backpacking)

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