Yakima County High Point Trip Report

Mount Adams

Date: July 10, 2003
Author: Dean Molen

Did the after hours self-register at the Trout Lake Ranger Station. I found the road to Cold Springs fine although prior to the last three miles there is a washboard stretch of road that threatened to rattle out all of the bolts of my once-solid Honda Accord.

See Edward Earl's fine report on this one. I went in on a Thursday evening and hit the trail early. I hit snow at 6,400 feet and it was pretty much the norm the rest of the way. Mt. Adams is HUGE, so plan accordingly. I took 3 quarts of water and it was barely enough and glacier type goggles are a must at this time.

Only ten people besides my self on the mountain Friday a.m. but that changed in the late afternoon as I counted more than 60 people heading up to camp at the Lunch Counter. One guy I talked to said that over 100 had registered at the ranger station and this didn't include all of those still coming in late Friday or on Saturday. Mid-week is a great time to do this one. Great summit (cold and VERY windy above Pikers Peak), from the top of Pikers Peak to the Lunch Counter is the awesome glissade I've ever had. However, in spite of all my recent summits in Oregon, I found Mt. Adams to be one heck of a workout. 12 hours car to car.