Mount Adams/South Spur


Alpine Scramble - Mount Adams/South Spur

Nice and easy weekend scramble; overnight at Lunch Counter, alpine start, steep snow up the to the top of number 2 in the state.

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  • Strenuous 5, Technical 4
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 14.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 6,600 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 12,276 ft


It is about a 3-4 hour drive from Tacoma to the trailhead, including a stop at the ranger station to purchase Volcano Passes.  We'll aim to be on trail by 11am on Sunday.  On Monday morning, we'll be moving by 5am to the summit.

Some considerations for this trip...

  • At 12,276ft, Adams is quite the mountain. Altitude becomes a real issue for most sea-level dwellers.  It is super important to let me and other know how you feel throughout the climb.
  • Sunday is a day with 4,000ft of gain to Lunch Counter. We'll be camping, exposed, at 9,400ft, likely on snow, possibly in strong winds
  • You'll be using crampons for much of this scramble, ascending steep snow and ice.  
  • Each participant will need to bring $15 cash for their Volcano Climbing Permit
  • We use blue bags and carry our "stuff" back to the trailhead trash bin
  • You're not guaranteed to be home at any reasonable time Monday evening. Make no plans.
  • There is no guarantee to summit.  Safety will trump all desires.

This is a really awsome scramble, but it also has challenges unique to bigger mountains.  Confident scramble students are encouraged to request permission.


Mount Adams/South Spur

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Helmet
  • Mountaineering Boots
  • Ice Axe
  • Overnight Alpine Camping Gear:
    • Tent 
    • Sleeping Bag
    • Sleeping Pad
    • Stove
    • Food
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