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
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
Drive: 4.5 hours each way
Conditions: Expect muddy trail conditions with snow. Expect rapidly changing weather conditions including rain, fog, snow, and wind.
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.
5. Turn left to merge onto I-5 S toward Portland
6. Keep right to continue on I-205 S, follow signs for Salem/Northeast 134th Street
7. Take exit 22 for Interstate 84 E/U.S. 30 E toward The Dalles
8. Merge onto I-84 E/U.S. 30 E
Continue to follow I-84 E
9. Take exit 64 for Mt Hood Hwy toward OR-35/White Salmon/Govt. Camp
10. Turn left onto Button Bridge Rd
Partial toll road
11. Continue onto Hood River Bridge
12. Turn left onto WA-14 W/Lewis and Clark Hwy
13. Turn right onto WA-141 Alt/Washington 141 Alternate N/Washington 141 Alternative N/State Route 141 Alternative N
14. Turn right onto WA-141 Alt/Washington 141 Alternate/Washington 141 Alternative/State Route 141 Alternative
15. Turn left onto WA-141 N
16. Continue onto Mt Adams Rd (signs for Sno-Parks/Recreation Area)
17. Slight right to stay on Mt Adams Rd
18. Continue onto Mt Adams Recreation Area Rd
19. Continue onto NF-8225
20. Turn left onto NF-8020
21. Turn right to stay on NF-8020
22. Turn right onto NF-8040
23. Continue onto NF-500
Please bring Gas money for drivers $25 suggested
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