Muddy Fork Lava Bed Trail

Berry Patch, Washington

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Mount Adams, at 12,276 feet, dominates the South Cascades and provides the most dramatic scenery of the region, thanks to the mountain’s mighty prominence. The mountain is a standout destination also for the massive basalt lava beds that cover large portions of the surrounding landscape. This relatively young volcano initially formed nearly a million years ago, about 3 miles southeast of its current location. That first cone was ground down by glaciers during the long succession of ice ages that swept the region, while the “hot spot” that gave birth to the mountain shifted northwest as plate tectonics and continental drift rearranged the landscape.
Day Hiking: South Cascades

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Day Hiking: South Cascades

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

Mount Adams, at 12,276 feet, dominates the South Cascades and provides the most dramatic scenery of the region, thanks to the mountain’s mighty prominence. The mountain is a standout destination also for the massive basalt lava beds that cover large portions of the surrounding landscape.

This relatively young volcano initially formed nearly a million years ago, about 3 miles southeast of its current location. That first cone was ground down by glaciers during the long succession of ice ages that swept the region, while the “hot spot” that gave birth to the mountain shifted northwest as plate tectonics and continental drift rearranged the landscape.

© 2007 Dan A. Nelson /The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Berry Patch
Distance: 5
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Late June-October
Trailhead Elevation: 4,900 feet
Top Elevation: 4,900 feet
Local Contacts: USFS Mount Adams Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 367S Mount Adams
Driving Directions: Directions to Muddy Fork Lava Bed Trail

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