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62 Hikes
Monte Carlo via Middle Fork Camp

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
6.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1860 ft.
Highest Point: 4040.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
Area Closure: Effective July 23 2021 this area and all lands in Eastern Washington managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources are temporarily closed to the public to prevent the risks associated with wildfires. This area will reopen once it is safe to do so. Please respect this closure.
The Monte Cristo Range just north of Willard offers quiet forest, and miles of solitary rambling. There are a myriad of ways to access this trail network, including this one, which starts in the middle of the mountains.
 
 
Killen Creek to High Camp

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 6900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.06
(16 votes)
Take this remote, flower-filled trail up the north side of Mount Adams to the rocky alpine terrain of giant glaciers.
 
 
Buck Creek Falls Loop

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 770 ft.
Highest Point: 1090.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Area Closure: Effective July 23 2021 this area and all lands in Eastern Washington managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources are temporarily closed to the public to prevent the risks associated with wildfires. This area will reopen once it is safe to do so. Please respect this closure.
A short, family-friendly loop that can be done all year round. You'll meander through douglas fir, western redcedar, bigleaf maple, and other deciduous trees, along a creek, and end at a lovely waterfall, perfect for picnicking.
 
 
Monte Cristo

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 4177.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(4 votes)
Like its neighbor, the nearby Monte Carlo trail, the 4.1 mile-long Monte Cristo trail ventures into the small Monte Cristo range in the south Cascades between Willard and Trout Lake. From it, hikers see a myriad of wildflowers in the spring, and the occasional views of the south Cascade range.
 
 
Adams Creek Meadows

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 6840.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(9 votes)
Although it can get crowded on the weekends, there is plenty of room for seclusion on either a day hike or an overnight stay. Some of the best views and meadows within the Mt. Adams Wilderness.
 
 
Spacing Study Trail

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
0.4 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Visit a short but interesting trail with interpretive signs explaining studies on tree spacing during replantation.
 
 
Steamboat Lake

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
2.25
(4 votes)
This short trail skirts along the northern edge of Steamboat Lake.
 
 
Thomas, Blue and Tombstone Lakes

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1015 ft.
Highest Point: 4150.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.43
(7 votes)
Enjoy a series of small lakes sprinkled throughout the Indian Heaven Wilderness.
 
 
Deep Lake

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 5100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
This moderate in-and-out trail makes a lovely picnic destination, or ideal short backpack, to a brilliant blue lake with peeks of Mount Adams.
 
 
Cultus Creek

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 5100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(6 votes)
The trail climbs sharply through a forest of Douglas fir for a mile to a view of the Goat Rocks, Sawtooth Mountain, Mount Rainier, and Mount Adams. From this viewpoint you get a great view of Mount Adams and the Goat Rocks. It's worth bringing a camera for this one.
 
 
Bird Creek Meadows

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 6085.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.14
(7 votes)
This trail remains closed
Bird Creek Meadows is a short, easy crowd pleaser. Known for its abundant wildflower meadows, views of Mount Adams, Mount Hood and the Hellroaring Canyon, and little creeks, lakes and waterfalls, the trail provides a nice three mile loop for hikers.
 
 
Bird Mountain Loop

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
10.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1875 ft.
Highest Point: 5230.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.11
(9 votes)
No less than five picturesque lakes, wide panoramas of South Cascades peaks and oodles of seasonal wildflowers and berries make this an ideal long day hike or weekend backpack.
 
 
Bench Lake Loop

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
 
 
Sunshine Trail

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 3400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(3 votes)
 
Wildfire: Trail closed to protect the public from hazards caused by fire.
A primitive trail that climbs steeply to connect the Trapper Creek Trail (#192) to the Observation Trail (#132).
 
 
Wood Lake

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 4860.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(6 votes)
Quiet little Wood Lake is so close to the Cultus Creek trailhead that many don't consider it a destination, but if you're looking for a placid getaway even your littlest hiker will like, this may be just the place.
 
 
Snipes Mountain - Pine Way

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 4800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
A short connector trail to the Snipes Mountain trail and other adventures on the southern flanks of Mount Adams.
 
 
Klickitat Haul Road

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This hike is a nice, long road walk leading to a trail, a good alternate to the Klickitat Rail Trail for a change of scenery.
 
 
Rim Trail

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
0.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 3620.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
 
Wildfire: Trail closed to protect the public from hazards caused by fire.
This primitive trail can be difficult to follow as it wanders across a broad forested bench in the heart of the Trapper Creek Wilderness.
 
 
Dry Creek

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
8.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 1500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
Wildfire: Trail closed to protect the public from hazards caused by fire.
Low-lying with impressive trees bordering each side of it, this trail is a nice option year-round. The Doug-fir bigleaf maple, and hemlock forest canopy in this narrow valley shades hikers in the heat of summer, and in winter the elevation means it's unlikely to have heavy snow to navigate. And since it's a former railroad grade, the trail is easy enough for hikers of all types.
 
 
Council Bluff

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 950 ft.
Highest Point: 5180.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.83
(6 votes)
From its rocky and rutted beginnings, to the short last push to the top of a former fire lookout site, this trail boasts big rewards for very little effort. The west slope of Mount Adams is right there behind you as you head to the top of Council Bluff to face the mountain in full.
 
 
Mountain Climbers Trail

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 8300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
Hike through beautiful woods, subalpine meadows and glacial moraines to the Hellroaring Viewpoint. The trail then becomes poorly defined up to Sunrise Camp.
 
 
Shorthorn

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 6100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)
This trail ascends the south slopes of Mount Adams through dry lodgepole pine forest and crosses Crofton Creek before ending at the Round the Mountain Trail at treeline.
 
 
Riley Camp

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2280 ft.
Highest Point: 5800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
This route is the perfect gateway to Mount Adams spectacular high country on its less-visited western side. It climbs through dense forests, past a small lake, then across Riley Meadows (great campsites!) before joining the PCT. From there you can continue on to Sheep Lake or head off-trail to check out Crystal Lake at the edge of the tree line.
 
 
Red Mountain Lookout

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 4968.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
Near the famous Indian Racetrack in the Indian Heaven Wilderness, Red Mountain Lookout makes an excellent addition to any outing here. Hike there, or make it a quick stop from the road -- either way, it's a must-see.
 
 
Potato Hill

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
2.83
(6 votes)
 
Potato Hill is a summit just off from the Pacific Crest Trail in the Mount Adams Area. There is no trail to the summit, and the top marks the boundary to the Yakama Reservation.
 
 
Muddy Meadows/Foggy Flat

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
11.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1710 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.14
(7 votes)
This forested trail leads to a fine campsite primed for exploring the base of Mount Adams.
 
 
Muddy Fork Lava Bed

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 4900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
Mount Adams, at 12,276 feet, dominates the South Cascades and provides the most dramatic scenery of the region. The mountain is a standout destination also for the massive basalt lava beds that cover large portions of the surrounding landscape. This relatively young volcano initially formed nearly a million years ago, about 3 miles southeast of its current location. That first cone was ground down by glaciers during the long succession of ice ages that swept the region, while the "hot spot" that gave birth to the mountain shifted northwest as plate tectonics and continental drift rearranged the landscape.
 
 
Mount Adams South Climb

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 6700 ft.
Highest Point: 12276.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.72
(18 votes)
The South Climb (or Lunch Counter Approach) of Mount Adams is the one that requires the least amount of technical expertise. However, ice axes, trekking poles, and crampons or microspikes (depending on the season) are required to summit. Hikers who put this investment in will be rewarded with stunning views on a clear day, as well as the satisfaction of having made it up one of Washington's five volcanoes.
 
 
Mount Adams Highline

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
22.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1550 ft.
Highest Point: 7750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.71
(7 votes)
Climb the north side of the mountain to spectacular alpine tundra and panoramic views on Devil's Garden, situated on a high plateau below the heavily-crevassed Lava and Lyman Glaciers, then head down to Avalanche Valley below the rugged and remote northeast side of the mountain. You'll make two challenging stream crossings before reaching Devil's Garden.
 
 
Lake Wapiki

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 5100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)
Just a half mile off the Lemei Lake Trail is a gorgeous blue lake nestled in an old volcanic crater. Surrounded by trees, this is a sheltered refuge perfect for an overnight in Indian Heaven.