Mount Adams South Climb Route

Trout Lake, Washington

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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.
Hiking Washington's Mount Adams Country

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Hiking Washington's Mount Adams Country

by Fred Barstad (Falcon Guides)

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.

©  Fred Barstad/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Trout Lake
Distance: 11.2
Elevation Gain: 7,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Two days
Season: Mid-July though mid-September
Trailhead Elevation: 6,776 feet
Top Elevation: 12,276 feet
Local Contacts: Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mount Adams Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Mount Adams East
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Adams South Climb Route

Recent Trail Reviews

7/12/2009
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8/11/2008
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Fantastic experience! Climbed Aug 5 and 6 with American Lung Association Reach the Summit team. Ranger Station in Trout Lake issues required combination climb/parking pass and has road info. NW Trail Pass not good unless hiking below 7000' This may be best described as a beginner's climb rather than a simple hike. Take it seriously and bring the proper equipment - crampons, ice ax, trekking poles, helmets, headlamps etc. Alpine (1 a.m.) start meant great snow conditions going and returning. Not much opportunity to glisade down as run-outs ended in rocks. Wide range of temperatures - very warm from trailhead to Lunch Counter, 15 degree wind temperature at the summit. Forest fire smoke layer hid views from summit but arriving there to watch sunrise was an incredible experience.


5/8/2006
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We drove from the North and tried to access the trailhead from Forest Service road 23 or 25...got shut out about 20 miles from the trailhead by 2 feet of snow and downed trees...is there a way to determine if and when the road is cleared?


10/23/2005
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Great trail, except for the parts where it is not marked well. This is definitely more on the side of a beginner's climb than a tough hike, especially in OCT. We were forced to turn around at 10,500ft due to the white out conditions and the 35mph wind, but this trail taught me a lot about volcano climbing and the weather in the NW. Thanks for the maps and the guide book.. Clayton



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