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Backpack - Mount Adams High Camp

Enjoy fall color and a brisk fall evening at a beautiful camp exploring some of the PCT, highline, and Round the Mountain trail.

  • Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 19.8 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,670 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,885 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph

Meet at the Riley Camp Trailhead at 10am. This is about 3.5 hours from Seattle. We will shuttle cars from Riley Camp Trailhead about 45 min to Muddy Meadows Trailhead and aim to start hiking around 11am. 

October weather can turn cold and rainy. I will only cancel if there is no chance of a view and the nighttime temps are expected to be below 30 degrees or there is a good chance of snow.

*Leaders Permission Required*. I will be looking for participants who have had or will have backpacking experience with trips 10+ miles and can maintain a 2 mph pace. It is important to me to have participants who enjoy hiking in a group and have patience for others on the trip. 

** NOTE ** Sign up will be first-come-first-serve, you're welcome to request permission in advance but you will have to register when registration opens.  There won't be any advance registration.

We will hike at a moderate 2 mph pace, taking frequent breaks. We will stop for an extended lunch (~20 minutes).  

There may not be an option for hanging food. I plan to bring my Ursack.

I hope to do a shuttle to see a bit more of the area in two days. We will shuttle from Riley Camp Trailhead to Muddy Meadows Trailhead and begin hiking to the junction with the Highline trail. We will hike east for one mile to Foggy Flat and then west to the PCT and up to High Camp for the night totaling 10 miles for the day and with the last mile to high camp being a steep 700 ft gain in one mile.

Sunday we will aim to leave by 8am and hike 10 miles, mostly downhill to get back to the Riley Camp Trailhead around 2pm and shuttle back to the Muddy Meadows Trailhead by about 3pm.

Goals, Expectations, and Style: My goals are always to stay safe, have fun, and do my best to help everyone feel welcome and included, while keeping a sense of interdependence and finding some wild and free moments. My expectations are that everyone will read all the information carefully, be truthful about their ability and experience level, communicate needs proactively, always stay with at least one other person and regroup at junctions, will work as a team to support each other, leave camp at the agreed on time and get to camp at a reasonable time. Everyone will do their best and try to be “all in” during the trip. Everyone will have the needed supplies for cooking, food storage, sleeping, and enough food and water for the trip. My style is to take breaks for snacks, and a longer lunch, to keep a steady pace around 2mph sometimes a bit slower uphill, to have good conversation with everyone in the group and have time together at camp around mealtime. I sometimes like to have an early morning coffee “sit spot” but enjoy having social time in the evening. I love exploring around camp and seeing “all the things”. I enjoy high places and don’t mind exposure but will not hike through high exposed areas in very rainy, snowy, or icy conditions. 


Adams Creek Meadows–High Camp

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or ursack
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
  • Consider hiking poles for balance over rocky areas
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