Beautiful, clear day, rare for this time of year. The skrie slope up to Piker's Peak is the least enjoyable part of this climb, especially if you break "trail," as I found out. I'm glad I brought my crampons because the glacier covering the saddle was pure slick ice and I watched another guy take a spill. I actually enjoyed the soft skrie on the way down, it was easier on the knees and I almost felt like I was skiing my way down. I hiked from exactly dawn to dusk, which turned out nicely. The hike was pretty exhausting--I live at sea level, and while I was able to ascend about 2000 ft/hr up to the lunch counter, I hit my wall at about 10,000 feet and didn't summit until 1:00 pm (started at 6:30).
Great climb on a beautiful. The false summit was really nasty on the way up, but it still made for a great climb. If I had to do it again I might take some skis to speed the descent. Glissading down was fun though. I would also note that a 4X4 vehicle is almost mandatory for the approach to the cold springs trailhead.
The route was almost completely melted out; lots of scree. Not too windy but cloudy at the summit. Not very steep at all, but a lot of distance to cover in 1 day. Took me about 13 hours roundtrip. I'll be back next year for a harder route and more snow!
Long slog completed w/my brother, Mike.
Climbed in one day with a water bladder accident. Summit was cold and windy, but afforded beautiful views.
Camped at the Lunch Counter Thursday night were we encountered very high winds. At the time it seemed improbably that we would summit the following day. Lots of frustrating scree to wade through up to Piker's Peak which made it difficult. More high winds up at the false summit and above but nothing compared to the night before at the Lunchcounter. I would have prefered more snow but it was a fine climb.
Pretty dry up there. I must have bad luck in the Cascades as this was my second summit there and I've still yet to have a clear or even remotely clear day. Entire cap was engulfed in cloud when I got to the top. Took my token photo at the Geological survey marker. Didn't realize there was a register at the old hut...
Scree slopes were loads of fun on the way up and sucked big time on the way down. It's amazing I didn't twist my ankle.
Humped up my tent and set up shop at the lunch counter. Good water supply in a glacial runoff - next time I'm bringing my filter though as it took way too long to melt and boil. Snow greeted us that night shortly after tent was erected. New tent and it held up well.
Didn't put on my crampons or ice axe for this mission. It was boots and poles all the way up and all the way down. Wish I had known as it was alot of extra weight to hump about...
Story and photos to come - watch for my website at www.spudstravels.com
All in all a good climb. My party opted to do the whole thing in one day. The party consisted of myself, my dad, my uncle, and my roommate Lee.
We started from Cold Springs at 6:00 AM, beating the guy that was sleeping behind his truck. We made really good time until about 9000 feet when we started slowing down. My dad turned back at 9700 feet convinced that he would seriously injure himself if he continued. The next 800 feet or so were steep but still covered with pitted snow. The last 800-900 feet before the false summit was scree which proved to be very disheartening.
After taking a break on the false summit we hiked easily across the saddle and then willed ourselves up the last section of consolidated scree that preceded the summit. There was not much snow, and the snow that was there was highly consolidated. Didn't really need crampons at all.
By the end of the climb we had dubbed it the "death march" since we had gained 6600 feet in one day. We summited in 8 1/2 hours and made it back down in 3 1/2. For those that forget to bring their friend's ice axe like I did, you can rent an ice axe from the owner of the general store in Trout Lake for $10, however only one person may do so per day because there is only one hanging on the wall. Oh yeah, my dad has vowed to get in better shape for next year's climbing season.
Great 2-day climb! Our approach varied slightly from most other climbers as we ascended via a ridge slightly west of the main trail. This provided us with a secluded camping option to the west of the Crescent Glacier only 500 feet lower than the crowded Lunch Counter. The second day began with a short hike accross the glacier to reach the main route at the base of Suksdorf Ridge. Many cramponed footsteps later we reached Pikers Peak and eventually the Mt. Adams summit. The snow conditions were great and weather cooperated for the most part. The glissade from Pikers to the Lunch Counter was awesome!
9/8/02 Hiked in Saturday in a snowstorm. Bivied at about 7500 feet and enjoyed a clear, moonless but cold night. Started climbing about 6:30 am, had to stop at the edge of the glacier to melt water for the climb. Once we reached Pikers Peak a storm blew in but we continued on while some others turned back. Reached the summit about 1 pm but no views so just some pictures next to the completely melted out hut. Met a guy up top who had just climbed the north side.
Got off trail on the descent but once under the clouds we could see the Lunch Counter and it was a long hike out from there. Great day.
7/11/15 Solo climb from Cold Springs started at 5:30. Another lenticular came down and settled at about 9500 feet on up so no views at the summit at 11:50 am. 15 minutes up top with apparently the rest of Portland and Seattle who all decided to climb today, then down by 3:45 pm. Back in time for dinner with pizza in Portland.
Earlier in the season would have been better since there is more snow coverage.
Could not have asked for better weather. This was my wife's first Volcano and she did great. We camped below the lunch counter on dirt and enjoyed great snow on the hike to the top. Awsome views of Rainier and Hood.
The view was fantastic from the top ! My 12 yo daughter and I camped at the lunch counter , lots of great rock shelters ! Headed up at 630 am and summited at 12 noon , the ice slab below pikers was a blast to ascend ! returned to Cold Springs at 630 pm , what a wonderful weekend and a great mountain for training !
Left Cold Springs TH at 430am on Monday morning. Kept a good pace to the lunch counter to take short break. Pikers Peak is halfway melted out, so the last 800-1000 vert feet is all scree which is total crap. I would never go back this time of year as it is not that much fun. We made the summit at 11:15am and hung out for an hour as it was warm and we were all alone. Left summit at 12:15pm and arrived back at cold spring at 315pm. Long drive home and traffic sucked. Burgerville rulez.
Standard climb up South Side from packed Cold Springs parking lot, bivy at Lunch Counter, summit and descent on second day.
Climbed on a weekend with a zoo of fellow weekend warriors. Large snowfield just below Lunch Counter, otherwise approach trail was snow-free. Choice of steps to follow clear to summit. Incredible winds at Piker's Peak (50mph+). Lenticular grasped summit all day, but was harmless and did not impede summiting. Incredible glissading possible down to ~7,000'.
A good word out to climbers who found/caught a friend's sleeping pad as it flew down the mtn and anchored it at a cairn... thanks.
Clear day, of clouds and people. Possibly the longest series of glissades to date. Solo
Arrived at "crowded" cold springs on July 13. Camped and hiked around until early morning July 15. Woke at 6:30, suposed to wake at 5:30. Arrived and camped left of lunch counter at around 11:00 were we found awsome camp spots and running water. July 16 woke at about 3:15 and left 9,000 ft at 4:45. Great climb in early morning. Crampons made climbing simple. My brother Josh, my dad Jack, and I arrived at summit at 8:00 and stayed for about half hour. Started glissading down and passed climbers on the way. We were the first ones up. Picked up camp and had a dinner. The rest is slush.
Climbed solo - wish I had taken my skis!
Was a tone of fun. I'm going back to finish it soon. Definatly take weather into consideration!