Camped at Lunch Counter, suffered some altitude sickness. My first volcano climb - I was 15 at the time. Incredible views from the top, Rainier, Helens, Hood. Awesome glissade down!
This mountain really took me by surprise. It was my first mountain hike where I didn't reach the summit..just ran out of time. We had a late start and it got the best of us. The climb is amazing though..great scenery! I have a detailed trip report and lots of photos on my website Natural Born Hikers Enjoy.
Summit ! Solo climb as a two day, lots of others on the mountain and good conditions. Cold and windy on the summit. This was my third try. First try as a one day climb in 2001 (bailed out for conditioning after my cutoff time) Second attempt was weathered off above lunch counter with a large group in 2002.
The view ! Camped at around 9,000 feet traversing to the SW from lunch counter to see the beautiful sunset and Mt St helens. 5 or 6 layers of different cloud types intermingled with the foothills and mountains. If you are climbing late season, consider a little extra traverse before selecting your camp site.
Was my second summit of one of Washington state's volcanoes. Beautiful weather, couldn't have asked for a better set of days to climb. Kind of hot to start out with, but the weather soon milded out and was very pleasant. Wonderful views of the sunset at Lunch Counter (around 9000 ft.). Woke up around 5 am the next morning and climbed using crampons, snow was still hard. Perfect cramponing conditions. (One of my first times using crampons with that degree of slope). Reached the summit around lunch time - chilly, but very beautiful! The lookout that was abandoned a long time ago was half-exposed so I was able to stand on top of it and take a few pictures. Mt. Hood and Mt. Jefferson were visible to the south in Oregon state, while Mt. St. Helens was visible to the west, and of course, the majestic Mt. Rainier stood to the northeast. Great trip, wonderful photo opportunities. Good for a first year climb.
This is one of the mountains I've looked up at nearly every clear day all my life and I finally decided to go up and give it a try.
I drove up to the parking area at the Cold Springs trailhead and bedded down for the night in the van. Got started about a half hour before sunrise and was treated to a great day - clear skies, no wind and temperature about 40.
I hit snow soon after the round-the-mountain trail junction so was glad I thought to wear wool socks with my trail running shoes.
Hit the summit in five hours flat finding no wind and fantastic views. Back down in 2 ½ hours.
Great mountain but surprisingly busy even for a Saturday.
Started from Cold Springs Trail #183 around 5:45am and was on the summit by 11:45am.
The weather was very hot--I wore shorts and a tee all the way to the top. The snow was also very soft and crampons would have been useless. Plastic boots were optional from Lunch Counter.
Overall, a decent workout. The only bad part was the arduous drive from Seattle.
I got an ealry 3:30AM start from Coldsprings. Beautiful weather, climbed in shorts and T-shirt. All camp sites at the Lunch Counter are free of snow. Put on crampons at Lunch Counter. 2 bare patches before reaching Piker's Peak. Summitted by 9:45AM. Glissaded about 2,000 ft, where possible from Piker's Peak down to Lunch Counter. Warm in the afternoon returning to car.
Left Cold Springs Campground at 5:15 a.m.. Made the Lunch Counter by 9:30 a.m. Felt a little tired, so I rested for 30 minutes, melted some bug-infested snow and ate some peanut butter and crackers. Launched up the South Spur and realized there was no need for crampons and ice-axe. I was getting good snow purchase as it was softening. Dropped pack at Piker's Peak and made the summit by noon. Only one on the summit at the time. Felt Great!! Tremendous glissading adventure down the Spur. Got some good wilderness navigation practice on the way back down to Trail #183.
Ascended some of the slightly steeper glaciers to the West of the Crescent and Suksdorf glacier. Rejoined Southern route later on. Glacier conditions were pretty good overall on the South route, but at places pure ice was exposed.
Massive thunderclouds stalked the mountain the night before, but cleared up fortunately by 3am when I left.
Of course there's lots of running water by this time of year.
Glissading conditions were very nice!
Hiked in 4-1/2 miles on Thursday with daughter Kelsi, camped 200' lower and in rock rib W of Lunch Counter. Good running water at the minor col W of Lunch Counter. Fine, sand floored, camping spots in natural rock enclosures all along the rock rib W of Crescent Glacier. Not too many Snafflehounds at campsite. Good solid snow for cramponing Friday morning, marine air low but clear at elevation. Lookout shack at summit partially uncovered. Lost 3000' to camp in 40 min, Kelsi thought that was great. Great trip.
left the trailhead at 5:20am and had great weather until lunch counter. wind picked up and we had to put on windbreakers. summited at 11:30am and stayed up top for only enough time to eat and take a few pics. lots of wind at the top. glacading was possible just below the false summit. overall a pretty good day.
Started at trailhead at 6:15AM and reached the summit at 3:30PM. Took a short snooze at the Lunch Counter and enjoyed the weather. Very little wind on top and not too hot.
Date Signed: July 05, 2004 12:53 PM
Climb Party: John, Ofir, Nurit, Aish
One day ascent of Mt. Adams via the south side route. Reached south side climbers TH at 23:30. Started off on the climb at 12:45 AM. Reached Pikers peak/false summit at 08:20. John exhibited symptoms of altitude sickness and dehydration - decided that I'd stay back with him. Ofir and Nurit summitted 1.5 hrs later. Glissaded part of the way down. Back to the car at 17:00. Definitely not doing S.Side beyond June or when the weather is hot - climbing on scree is not fun.
Gigantic lenticular blew in just as I summited--my buddies who were 10 min. ahead of me got awesome summit pics!
Started up Friday morning. Got a little off the main route. Spent a windy night directly above the South Butte, east of the Cresent Glacier. Summited Saturday morning around 11:00. Great weather, wonderful climb.
A great ski ascent, and an even better descent!
Got an early start from the Cold Springs campground at 1:45 AM. Reached Lunch counter at around sunrise and took a much needed nap for 2 hours. Reached the summit at 12:30 and descended via the SW Chutes...an unbelievable ski run...Highly recommended!
Had to traverse back East to the South Climb trail via the "Around the mountain" trail...about 2 miles.
Climb Party: Dave. G, John, Art, Aish
One day ascent of Mt. Adams via the south side route. Reached south side climbers TH at 23:30. Started off the climb after a short nap on the bed of Art's pick-up truck at 03:00. Reached summit at 12:30. Glissaded most of the way down. Back to the car at 17:00. Doing it in a single day may be long and strenuous, but well worth the effort and any day beats carrying bivy gear up to Lunch Counter.
Great weather for an Adams climb. After camping below timberline, we skinned up to just below the false summit. We ditched our skis and climbed the rest of the way to the top where we rested and admired the great views all around. We strapped our skis back on at the false summit and descended the SW chutes - a very fun 3000' drop. At the bottom we traversed below some rocky ridges and then back east to our campsite. Great skiing for the last day of spring!
This was my first serious solo mountain (well, it certainly felt serious at the time) and was my farewell to Washington (I moved to Colorado the next day). It was immediately after a big late-spring storm, and I had to hike in four extra miles as the road to Cold Springs campground was still snow-closed. I hauled my three-man tent up to Crescent Glacier's terminal moraine (what I remember as a high mound of rocks at its foot, in any case); pitching it (the tent, that is, not the glacier) on my own in a gale turned out to be the crux of the trip.
The next day brought great views down and around the mountain and a lenticular cloud sitting on top: I didn't know enough to be intimidated by it, so I pushed on upwards, into its white-out. I did know enough, however, to take back-bearings as I crossed the summit block blind. The only person I saw all day joined me on the summit and then skied down. I enjoyed the Mother of all Glissades back down to the Lunch Counter, where I congratulated myself on a job well jobbed.
Ski ascent via South side and descent via SW Chutes (June 20, 2004)
On the first day we were greeted by thunderstorms and rain so decided to camp low to be less exposed to weather and to stay on dry ground. The next morning woke up at 3am to a perfect clear morning. Strapped on the skis and skins and started from about 6500'. The firm snow on the south side route allowed us to skin just couple hunderd feet short of the false summit. Made a quick trip to the summit and enjoyed the views and sun for a long time as the wind was much less compared to false summit. We decided to ski down the SW chutes instead of the south side. From the top of the chute could not see the bottom, must be steep... Indeed the chute was around 40 degrees consistent all the way to the end of it. The snow was soft enough providing an excellent ski descent, looking back up was very impressive. The constant rock fall from the nearby ridges reminded us that we had to get out of there. The traverse back to our camp site involved some tree skiing and carrying skis over several ridges under a very hot sun, worth the ski.
Mazama Glacier (August 3, 2003)
Group of eight Chemeketans headed to Sunrise camp through the green Bird Creek meadows. We shared the entire camp with only another team of two people, a rare thing on Adams. The summit day was overcast but the strong west wind was blocked by the mountain. The glacier consists of two moderate snow ramps. We stayed close to the crumbly ridge dividing Mazama glacier from the Klickitat ice fall to avoid the crevasses on the first ramp. The snow was hard but not icy on the first ramp. There is rock fall hazard along this way. The ramp levels of and leads to the second steeper ramp which was hard ice and required a straight up climb rather than zigzagging until we intersected the south slog at Pikers Peak. The rest of the way is snow free all pumice. The cloudy and windy skies still allowed for good views of Rainier. We came down the South side with as much glissading as possible.
South Side (August 25, 2002)
Was quite dissapointed when our group decided to camp at Crescent glacier after only two hours of hike. Afternoon thunderstorms rolled in and it was quite a show. Next day was clear and perfect for the summit attempt. Long slog to Pikers Peak, it is kind of depressing to see the summit still far away at that point. Glissading down earned me the name of "Flying Turk" as I was airborne on some of the icy sections.