Ascent of Mount Adams on 2017-09-02

Climber: Michael Fassbind

Others in Party:Mark
Date:Saturday, September 2, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Adams
    Elevation:12276 ft / 3741 m

Ascent Trip Report

Instead of the typical two day climb we opted to go for a single day climb which while long worked out well.

We drove to the trailhead Friday leaving seattle around 9am and getting to the CG around pm. While somewhat crowded we found parking spots and a large campground to stay in. For dinner we had the benefit of large amounts of Elk meat thanks to Mariah. We got in bed early at 8pm trying to sleep in the heat. Also of importance there was no available water at the campground even walking down the cold springs trail a bit.

So we set alarms for 2am to give us a long day and be able to hike up before the heat of the day. We got moving at 3:20am and kept a good pace up to Morrison creek getting there in an hour (2.5miles, 1170' gain). After filling up there we headed along the trail which started getting above the treeline and getting rougher as it reached the south end of lunch counter. We began passing tents as we headed up in the dark. By the time we got to the north edge of lunch counter the sun had come up enough so we didn't need our headlamps anymore. Lunch counter is about a mile long with many rock walled tent rings.

After a good break there we headed up the main part of the climb spending some time on Mazama Glacier. Only two of us had bothered to carry up our crampons which proved necessary to be able to travel up the hard snow/ice on the way up to Pickers Peak saddle. Jeremy got leg cramps pretty quick on the steep part of the climb which he pushed through after a large amount of ibuprofen. The three without crampons eventually all bailed to the rock ridge to climbers left.

Getting to Pikers Peak saddle (11,460') at 9:50am we regrouped before heading to the summit. The saddle had a well cut in trail over to the last climb which was all bare talus and scree.

We finally made it to the remains of the lookout at the summit at 11am and went over to the summit and relaxed behind a rock wall where we made some coffee and tea. So about 8 hours car to summit.

On the way down we walked all the way through Pikers Peak saddle to where the snow started and enjoyed glascading down to mid lunch counter before leaving the snow and walking the rest of the way down. We left the peak at noon and got to the car at 4:15 meaning almost half the time it took to get down.

On the way down Lunch counter was a bit more crowded and we passed many more people on their way to lunch counter in the heat of the day. The parking lot area was much more full and a bit more hectic.

While driving back to seattle after being up for 14 hours wasn't ideal going up in a day is certainly a nicer way to go.

Overall the route was much more dry and rough than expected. Similar to when I climbed Mt. St Helens in years past...
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6690 ft / 2039 m
    Round-Trip Distance:15.3 mi / 24.7 km
    Route:South Climb
    Trailhead:5586 ft / 1702 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Clear maybe a bit of smoke from BC fires

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