Alpine Scramble - Mount Adams/South Spur


Alpine Scramble - Mount Adams/South Spur

This trip is intended for Olympia Scramble & Climbing students. "Non-technical" South Climb. Hike Friday to base camp; summit on Saturday; hike out on Sunday. The trip will qualify as a conditioner or a basic alpine climb for climbing students. For Scrambling students, it will qualify as a conditioner or a snow scramble.

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

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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, especially if you anticipate a delay.


The requirements for this trip:

Successful trip to Camp Muir (in 2016), preferably with trip leader. Leader will consider other prerequisite trips that meets the criteria: 1,525+ meters (5,000+ feet) elevation gain that reaches 3,000+ meters (10,000+ feet) --this is entirely at the leaders discretion.

The goal is to keep a moderate pace, and maintain group cohesion. 
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. 

Additional Trip Resources



Friday June 10th

  • 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 11th

    • 05:00 Depart for Summit
    • 12:00 Arrive on Summit
    • 13:30 Depart back to camp
    • 16:30 Arrive at camp
Sunday June 12th

  • 09:00 Depart for Cold Spring trailhead
  • 12:00 Arrive at trailhead 


Mount Adams/South Spur

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

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