Ascent of Adams Peak on 2016-06-22

Climber: Bob McLaughlin

Date:Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Adams Peak
    Elevation:8197 ft / 2498 m

Ascent Trip Report

From Frenchman Lake, took Forest Road 24N88 to a five way intersection. The road was deeply eroded and had significant damage from being driven on when it was wet. A high-clearance vehicle seemed mandatory. Ignored the sign for Adams Peak and instead turned left on Forest Road 24N12X signed either "Crystal Springs" or "Crystal Peak." This road had been treated with white gravel, was well-graded and mostly in good shape.

Following the route I had made ahead of time using beta from Jerry Kohn, turned right off the white-gravel road onto a narrow dirt road also signed 24N12X. Drove on the dirt road to a large flat area, one of the few places where one could turn a car around. (Note that the roads in this area are not accurately shown on the topo map.) Parked about five miles from the paved road, next to a sparse field of lupine about one mile from the "trailhead." Walked the rest of the way to the hike's starting point, where there was room to park one vehicle. The road I walked on was deeply eroded in several places so I was glad I'd parked when I did.

Once I left the dirt road, followed an old road bed and then a faint trail until it intersected a new road not shown on the map. Turned right and followed it to a narrow OHV track heading south. Climbed brushy Peak 8120+ first, having mistaken it for the west summit of Adams. Realized my mistake after I summited and then headed to the saddle between the actual west and the east summits.

By hiking just past the saddle and traversing on the north side of the west summit, I was able to avoid most of the mountain mahogany and brush. The west summit has the benchmark and official summit register and is the one shown on the topo map. However, according to Lists of John, the east summit is higher by two feet.

Signed the west summit register and then returned to the saddle. From there, it was an easy climb to the top of the east summit. Placed a summit register and retraced my route back to the car.

6.5 miles RT. 1,800 feet gain. 4h20.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Bob McLaughlin
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