Alpine Scramble - Mount Adams/South Spur


Alpine Scramble - Mount Adams/South Spur

"Non-technical" South Climb. Hike Friday to base camp; summit on Saturday and hike out.

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  • Strenuous 5, Technical 4
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 14.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 6,600 ft


Tentative meeting schedule:

Gifford Pinchot National Forest Mt Adams Ranger Station in Trout Lake at 10:00 am

Mt Adams Ranger District
2455 WA-141
Trout Lake, WA 98650

Those of us leaving from Olympia will be meeting at 06:00, making our way to the Ranger Station. Those coming from other areas, don't hesitate to text me about your progress {departed, 2 hours out, estimated 20 minutes behind schedule}


Please provide what you have done in the last 6 months to the leader, specifically trips with greater than 2,000+ meters (8,000+ feet). It's possible that the leader will require you to do a prerequisite trip to Camp Muir {5/16, 5/31} to ensure conditioning at 3,000+ meters (10,000+ feet).

The goal is to keep a moderate+ pace, with only very short breaks (5-10 minutes).
To be considered for this climb, you're fitness level needs to be Good+/Excellent , as defined by Alpine Combined:
Good = 305 meters (1,000 feet) in 20-40 minutes with a pack 20% of body weight
Good+ = 305 meters (1,000 feet) in 20 minutes with a pack 20% of body weight
Excellent = 305 meters (1,000 feet) in less than 20 minutes with a pack 20% of body weight
As leader for this trip, I want to make sure that the group is well matched, and that everyone is at a comprable fitness level. 

Tentative Itinerary

Friday June 12th

  • 06:00 Depart Olympia
  • 10:00 Arrive Ranger Station in Trout Lake
  • 10:30 Depart for Cold Spring Trailhead
  • 11:30 Arrive Cold Spring Trailhead
  • 12:00 Depart for Lunch Counter
  • 18:00 Arrive Lunch Counter

Saturday June 13th

  • 05:00 Depart for Summit
  • 12:00 Arrive on Summit
  • 12:30 Depart back to camp
  • 14:30 Arrive at camp
  • 15:00 Depart for Cold Spring trailhead
  • 19:00 Arrive at trailhead

More information to come soon...


Mount Adams/South Spur

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