Mount Adams Wilderness, Washington State

The Mount Adams Wilderness is a 47708acre wilderness area in the U.S. state of Washington managed by the U.S. Forest Service. The wilderness encompasses an ecologically complex and geologically active landscape. Weather differs between the dry eastside and moist westside of the mountain. At 12276ft, Mount Adams is one of the major Cascade mountains. The wilderness area is on the west side of the mountain and is part of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The east side of the mountain is part of the Yakama Nation, with the southeast side part of the Mount Adams Recreation Area, and includes the popular Bird Creek Meadows.
Recreation includes hiking, backpacking, mountain climbing, and equestrian sports. A Volcano Pass from the U.S. Forest Service is required for activities above 7000ft. Some areas of the mountain in the Yakama Nation are open for recreation, while other areas are open only to members of the tribe. The wilderness includes about 21mi of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, which passes to the west and north Mount Adams.
ClimbingEach year, hundreds of people attempt to summit Mount Adams. Crampons and ice axes are needed on many routes because of the glaciers and how steep they are. But it is easy to climb up with just boots and ski poles on the south side of the mountain in the summer, via the South Climb Spur, partway on the South Climb Trail #183. The biggest hazard is the loose rocks and boulders which are easily dislodged and a severe hazard for climbers below. Climbing Mount Adams can be dangerous for a variety of reasons and people do die in pursuit of the summit.
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  • Walks in the Mt. Adams Wilderniss are stunning and varied. If you walk up to the glacier, you must wear necessarily geegnetes footwear and bring warm clothes. Enough water, food and tool for the emergency are also advisable.
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  • Third visit - Mt Adams & Takhlakh Lake vacation in 2018! My wife and I camped at Takhlakh Lake for five days. It does take a while to get there and the last 6-8 miles are gravel washboard road, so it ...  more »
  • Amazing mountain, easy to follow trail. WEAR SUNSCREEN! The snow towards the top reflects the sun, you will burn worse than usual. Bring warm clothes for the summit. Trekking poles and crampons are also a must. Ice axe is really handy for glissading. Have fun!
  • Remote area with little supporting amenities, but if you want to get out there, then this is the place to go. Just don't go unprepared. They Forest Service doesn't enjoy rescuing unprepared hikers.

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