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 (Lunch Counter); 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.


Prioritization for this trip is as follows:
--Olympia BC student
--Olympia AS student
--Olympia branch member
--AS student
--BC student
--Mountaineers member

The requirements for this trip:

Successful trip to Camp Muir (in 2017), 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. 
This is an early season attempt to summit Mount Adams. High winds are likely. Given the trend for this winter (2016-2017), temperatures are likely to be cold.


Friday June 23th

  • 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 24th

  • ~05:00 Depart for Summit
  • ~12:00 Arrive on Summit
  • 12:30-14:00 Depart back to camp
  • 14:30-17:00 Arrive at camp

Sunday June 25th

  • ~09:00 Depart for Cold Spring trailhead
  • ~13:00 Arrive at trailhead 

Mount Adams/South Spur

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