Crescent Glacier Trail

Trout Lake, Washington 98650

Crescent Glacier Trail

Crescent Glacier Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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Trail Information

Trout Lake
Nearby City
3,800 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Late June-October
4,700 feet
Trailhead Elevation
8,500 feet
Top Elevation
USFS Mount Adams Ranger District
Local Contacts
Green Trails No. 367S Mount Adams
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018