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Mount Adams South Climb

Disclaimer: We will be in the wilderness. Serious injury or death can occur. I am not a professional guide, by attending this hike you are assuming responsibility for your own personal safety and only yourself can be held responsible.

Fee: $15 per person for climbing permit + ~$5 for camp site

Distance: ~11.6 Miles round trip

Elevation Gain: 6700 feet elevation gain

Difficulty: Medium to Hard

Pace: Moderate

Dogs: No

Pass: America the Beautiful (Interagency), Northwest Forest Pass

Type: Out and back

Toilet Facilities: None

Water Source: Snow – Always boil, filter or chemically treat your drinking water to prevent water borne illnesses

Sunset: 8:45pm

Drive: 4.5 hours each way

Conditions: Expect muddy trail conditions with snow. Expect rapidly changing weather conditions including rain, fog, snow, and wind.

Description:
The trail is now open after being closed since the winter of 2012.

After speaking with the Mount Adams Ranger Station, it seems the most logical option is to leave early on Friday morning and camp at the trailhead at Cold Springs Campground. Last weekend there were 400+ climbers with most arriving Friday evening and night. The ranger notes that if we leave early and arrive there around 2pm we should be just fine. With the traffic from Friday night, Saturday morning there will not be any parking available near the trailhead at 6am and we would have to park approximately 1 mile from the start of the trailhead adding an additional 2 miles to the already long day hike.

There is a pit toilet at Cold Springs but we will have to bring our own water. Reviews of staying at the trailhead also recommend bringing ear plugs for a better sleep.

Trail conditions are just fine. There is running water at Lunch Counter as of 7/17/13

This is considered as a non technical hike with the maximum angle is 30%, just very long but crampons are still recommended as well as an ice axe mainly for glissading. We would also need stove and fuel to melt snow and GPS just in case we have clouds/weather. Most reports state that by the end of July there are well established kick marks in the snow almost resembling steps. Most recommend expecting 10-14 hours to complete.

Driving Directions:
5. Turn left to merge onto I-5 S toward Portland
101 mi
6. Keep right to continue on I-205 S, follow signs for Salem/Northeast 134th Street
Entering Oregon
14.7 mi
7. Take exit 22 for Interstate 84 E/U.S. 30 E toward The Dalles
0.8 mi
8. Merge onto I-84 E/U.S. 30 E
Continue to follow I-84 E
54.7 mi
9. Take exit 64 for Mt Hood Hwy toward OR-35/White Salmon/Govt. Camp
0.2 mi
10. Turn left onto Button Bridge Rd
Partial toll road
0.2 mi
11. Continue onto Hood River Bridge
Toll road
Entering Washington
1.0 mi
12. Turn left onto WA-14 W/Lewis and Clark Hwy
1.5 mi
13. Turn right onto WA-141 Alt/Washington 141 Alternate N/Washington 141 Alternative N/State Route 141 Alternative N
2.1 mi
14. Turn right onto WA-141 Alt/Washington 141 Alternate/Washington 141 Alternative/State Route 141 Alternative
66 ft
15. Turn left onto WA-141 N
19.0 mi
16. Continue onto Mt Adams Rd (signs for Sno-Parks/Recreation Area)
1.3 mi
17. Slight right to stay on Mt Adams Rd
2.4 mi
18. Continue onto Mt Adams Recreation Area Rd
0.9 mi
19. Continue onto NF-8225
1.7 mi
20. Turn left onto NF-8020
0.7 mi
21. Turn right to stay on NF-8020
2.8 mi
22. Turn right onto NF-8040
4.2 mi
23. Continue onto NF-500
0.7 mi

Please bring Gas money for drivers $25 suggested

Further Reading:
http://www.summitpost.org/south-spur/155590

Current Weather Conditions:
http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=[masked]&lon= [masked]

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  • Judy K

    Thanks again, Jason, for putting this together - it was an adventure, and the whole experience was amazing, but especially that long glissade.

    July 28, 2013

  • Jason W

    Start 3:15am
    Lunch Counter 7:45am
    Leave Lunch Counter 8:15am
    Summit 12:15pm
    Leave summit 1:15pm
    Pikers Peak (False Summit) 1:45pm
    2700 vertical foot glissade to Lunch Counter 10 minutes =)
    End 5:00pm

    July 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      A 14 hr. day!! Epic!

      July 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Jason for putting this together...(sorry I 'bailed' on you guys after the first mile or so... I'll be back) Judy and Bob..great to meet you & thanks for the company.

    July 27, 2013

    • Jason W

      Thanks for joining ! I hope to hike with you again soon. Don't be sorry what so ever, we all have off days. It takes a strong person to climb a mountain. It takes a much stranger person to turn back when needed.

      July 27, 2013

  • Jason W

    After talking with everyone coming down it seemed obvious that we wanted to get an earlier start and I am glad we did. The snow started softening up around 12pm as we were reaching the summit.

    We took a moderate but steady pace up. Whomever said that the maximum grade is 30% in the trail description is a dirty liar ! Starting under the stars and being able to experience the sunrise was amazing. At one point we were able to see the Earth’s shadow being cast into the atmosphere. The snow seemed to start around 7700 feet then from then on it was snow, snow, snow, snow, and an occasional spider running around.

    Most of the obvious glissade chutes were slow going at best. A close tie to the views, the second main attraction of the hike is the one glissade from Pikers Peak (False Summit) all the way back down to Lunch Counter. Even with the up to six foot side walls I still thought this is fun but REALLY fast.

    July 27, 2013

  • Judy K

    Are you still planning on meeting tonight and is 6:30 too late?

    July 22, 2013

    • Jason W

      Sorry about that Judy. It seemed that only Dave was interested and we decided to do a phone call instead.

      July 23, 2013

  • Chad O.

    I am coming from Port Angeles and 8 am will be awful early. Is anyone else needing to leave later and we could carpool?

    July 22, 2013

  • Craig

    Sorry I gotta back out, but I can't get off of work on friday! Gonna do High Divide Loop (19 miles) as a day hike on saturday though.

    July 22, 2013

  • Richard G

    just noticed it is an over nighter and already committed for Sunday Mt Hood

    July 20, 2013

  • Jason W

    Would anyone be able to meet Monday evening downtown to chat and stroll around the lake ? I would be available after 6pm

    July 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm in...

      July 19, 2013

  • Syl

    Thanks for coordinating Jason. In reviewing the climb reports, I prefer to climb and stay at lunch counter, so will wait for another day.

    July 18, 2013

  • James S.

    I got scheduled to work.

    1 · July 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    8:00am sounds good. I'm in.

    July 17, 2013

  • Syl

    I know that we are planning to do a 1 day hike, but is there any chance you would consider instead of camping or hotel on Friday, why not hike to Lunch Counter and set up camp on Friday and hike to summit early Saturday morning?

    Here's a link to more information

    http://www.portlandhikersfieldguide.org/wiki/Mt._Adams_South_Climb_Hike

    July 15, 2013

    • Jason W

      I would like to pack light and try for a one day summit. We can start around 6am and have a hard set turn around time of 3pm which would be 9 hours up and 5 hours down. That would allow for a moderate pace with breaks. If we experience unexpected weather or find that we have bit off more than we can chew we will just turn around at the 3pm mark (or sooner) and plan for another trip.

      1 · July 16, 2013

  • Syl

    Is anyone interested in meeting for coffee next weekend to talk about the climb in advance? I'd suggest a coffeehouse but maybe we could just meet at the Farmer's Market at 8:00 am on Saturday or Sunday before it opens and meet at the picnic tables at the stage?

    July 14, 2013

    • Syl

      Dave, let's see if anyone else can make it for coffee before we make any definite plans to meet ahead of time.

      July 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sounds good...

      July 15, 2013

  • Judy K

    Bob and I will share a room...we're you thinking of staying Fri night and driving back to Oly sat?

    July 1, 2013

    • Jason W

      I was thinking of playing that by ear. That would be my preferred option is to drive back on Saturday. It is a four hour drive from the trail head to Olympia. If we do end up returning later in the day from the hike staying Saturday night may be a good option.

      1 · July 5, 2013

  • Jason W

    Does anyone happen to have Thursday off and could secure a campsite at Morrison Creek Campground ?

    July 5, 2013

  • Syl

    Spoke with Mt. Adams Ranger Office; Morrison to open in another week or so. I'll post status in another 10 days. Cold Springs Campground will likely be full by Friday evening. Busy weekend for climbing. I'm planning on either camping at Cold Springs or Morrison on Friday.

    1 · July 2, 2013

  • Syl

    That's fine with me to meet you at the trailhead. I'll check into campgrounds.

    July 1, 2013

  • Jason W

    Out of those in Troutdale only the Trout Lake Country Inn has lodging for Friday night only. They described the location as a restaurant that also has rustic lodging available for people to sleep. There are four rooms available and all share one common bath/shower. Looking at the Mount Adams Lodge option in Glenwood, that drive would be about the same time as it would be driving from Hood River OR. I would prefer to lodge as close to the trailhead as possible along 141. Unless we can find anything else it looks like Hood River may be the best option which would be about a 1.75 hour drive. If anyone would prefer to camp like Sly the hotel group can always meet the camping group at the trailhead.

    July 1, 2013

  • Syl

    I prefer to camp, anyone else?

    July 1, 2013

  • Jason W

    I am waiting to hear back from;
    http://www.troutlakecountryinn.net/
    http://www.troutlakevalleyinn.com/
    http://www.troutlakecozycabins.com/

    Please leave a comment if you would prefer to have your own individual room or if you want to/ or willing to share a room with two beds.

    July 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      prefer to share

      July 1, 2013

    • Chad O.

      I also don't mind sharing a room

      July 1, 2013

  • Judy K

    Thanks for the suggestions~

    June 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    (That's Trout Lake 'Inn')

    June 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mt. Adams Lodge and the Trout Lake Lodge look good....

    June 29, 2013

  • Judy K

    I'm on board for Mt Elinor and I vote for a hotel

    June 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm pretty sure I can't make the Mt. Ellinore climb since we have 'family' in town. I'm up for the motel 'stay'.

    June 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I MAY just opt for motel for a 'good-night's-sleep'.....I'm coming from Centralia. Anyone else 'game'?

    June 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      i like to stay in motel as well

      1 · June 21, 2013

  • James S.

    Have it on my calendar.

    June 20, 2013

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