Crescent Glacier Trail

Trout Lake, Washington

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Anyone who has climbed Mount Adams knows the mountain isn’t a cakewalk. This is a big rock with lots of snow and ice, and it requires a serious commitment to get even halfway up. That said, there was a time when men not only climbed the peak to mine sulfur from the summit vents, they led mules to the summit. Yes, mules. There remain a few traces of that old mule trail visible on the upper mountain— when the snowpack is light and nearly melted off, you can still see the trail pounded into the pumice of the upper mountains. This route doesn’t get us to the upper mountain, though. It does, however, take us into the glacier zone. Like rivers of ice all over the world, Crescent Glacier is getting smaller every year, so we wanted to lead hikers up this mountain while there are still glaciers to see.
Day Hiking: South Cascades

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Day Hiking: South Cascades

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

Anyone who has climbed Mount Adams knows the mountain isn’t a cakewalk. This is a big rock with lots of snow and ice, and it requires a serious commitment to get even halfway up. That said, there was a time when men not only climbed the peak to mine sulfur from the summit vents, they led mules to the summit. Yes, mules. There remain a few traces of that old mule trail visible on the upper mountain— when the snowpack is light and nearly melted off, you can still see the trail pounded into the pumice of the upper mountains.

This route doesn’t get us to the upper mountain, though. It does, however, take us into the glacier zone. Like rivers of ice all over the world, Crescent Glacier is getting smaller every year, so we wanted to lead hikers up this mountain while there are still glaciers to see.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Trout Lake
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 3,800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Late June-October
Trailhead Elevation: 4,700 feet
Top Elevation: 8,500 feet
Local Contacts: USFS Mount Adams Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 367S Mount Adams
Driving Directions: Directions to Crescent Glacier Trail

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