Mount Adams/South Spur


Alpine Scramble - Mount Adams/South Spur

A strenuous one day climb beginning at the South Climb Trailhead (183) with elevation of about 6700 feet and a round trip mileage of 12 miles.

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  • Strenuous 5, Technical 3
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 13.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 6,700 ft

Tentative meeting schedule:

All participants need to meet at the Gifford Pinchot National Forest Mt Adams Ranger Station in Trout Lake at 1:00 pm

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

 Carpooling from Tacoma will be meeting at 09:00 am location TBD. 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. A scramble trip to Anvil Rock on June 25 is set up to meet this request. Please let the leader know if you can participant in the June 25 climb when asking for permission.

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 leader’s 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 comparable fitness level. 

Additional Trip Resources



Friday July 8th

  • 09:00 am Depart Tacoma

  • 02:00 pm Arrive Ranger Station in Trout Lake

  • 02:30  pm Depart for Cold Spring Trailhead

  • 04:00 pm Arrive Cold Spring Trailhead

  • Remaining day to set up camp at the trailhead

  • Get to bed early for an alpine start in the morning

    Saturday July 9th

    • 03:30 am Depart from the trailhead.

    • 12:00 pm Arrive on Summit

    • 12:30 pm Depart Summit

    • 04:00 pm Arrive at trailhead to camp for the night

      Sunday June 12th

    • 09:00 Depart from Cold Spring trailhead for the drive home 

Fees, Regulations, etc.

  • Pick up a Cascades Volcano Pass ($15 weekend; $10 week days as of Summer, 2012) at the Trout Lake Ranger Station or apply by mail

  • Sign in and sign out at the Climbers Register at the Trout Lake Ranger Station

  • Northwest Forest Pass required to park at the trailhead

  • Sign in at the Wilderness Permit box at the trailhead



Mount Adams/South Spur

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Helmet
  • Mountaineering Boots
  • Ice Axe
  • Crampon
  • Group gear will be divided between participants
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