Mount Adams/South Spur


Alpine Scramble - Mount Adams/South Spur

Priority for canceled June 17-18 trip participants and Kitsap scramblers until July 4. DO NOT request permission before then if you're not in one of those groups! DO NOT sign up without leader permission; you will be removed from the roster and denied permission. When requesting, please let us know what 4,000+ft days you've done this year.

  • Strenuous 5, Technical 4
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 14.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 6,800 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 12,276 ft
  • Pace: 1000ft/hr

Cold Springs campground (TH), 10pm Friday evening, July 7 or 7:30am TH. Carpooling encouraged. Camping at TH recommended, as it's at 5400ft and an overnight will help with acclimatization.

Saturday, July 8 - We'll take the morning and part of the afternoon to do 4,000ft to Lunch Counter at 9400ft (we usually camp at the base of the summit route). Once we set up camp, we'll get water from the waterfall on the east side of Lunch Counter and enjoy our evening. Nothing beats the sunset up there on a beautiful night!

Sunday, July 9 - We like to climb Mount Adams "the lazy way," leaving around 7:30am when the snow is less apt to be icy, but still crampon-firm. We'll take 3-4hrs to summit. Hopefully the glissade chute will be soft enough by noon for a smooth ride down. Break camp, maybe get to glissade a  little below Lunch Counter and hoof out. Please do not make plans for the evening, just in case something unexpected occurs.


Mount Adams/South Spur

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Helmet
  • Mountaineering Boots
  • Ice Axe
  • Backpacking equipment for cold weather. 
  • Group gear (TBD)
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