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Results List

62 Hikes

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 6100 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.
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2280 ft.
Highest Point: 5800 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.
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 4968 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.
 
 

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.
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 4900 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.
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
22.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1550 ft.
Highest Point: 7750 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.
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 5100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.80
(5 votes)
Tucked in the heart of the Indian Heaven Wilderness. The short and sweet Lemei Lake trail takes you through open meadow to a calm lake ringed with lush evergreens and grasses.
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This gentle, short hike offers spring flowers and a nice forest ramble, following most of George McClellan's railroad survey of 1852.
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
15.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1250 ft.
Highest Point: 4350 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(4 votes)
If you only have a single day and really want to push yourself, then check out this winter route to Indian Racetrack, in the Indian Heaven Wilderness.
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4100 ft.
Highest Point: 1800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(1 vote)
Get a taste for the south slopes of Mount Adams area when the snow is still in the high country on this eight mile loop combining the Buck Creek Trail, Morrison Creek Trail, and Wicky Creek Trail.
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
0.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 2900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.20
(5 votes)
The Ice Cave and Natural Bridges are two short nature trails near the Peterson Prairie Campground in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest that are fascinating to children and not as well known as they deserve to be. This is also a popular area to cross country ski and snowshoe in winter.
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 4780 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
This is a short but popular backpacking destination. This hike will bring you into the heart of the Indian Heaven wilderness where bog blueberries and huckleberries are abundant in August.
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 5200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(6 votes)
Visit an ancient recreation area where the local tribes once harvested food during the day and competed in horse races for after-work entertainment.
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
6.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1350 ft.
Highest Point: 4370 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(6 votes)
The High Lakes Ramble connects Chain of Lakes to Horseshoe Lake along a rough and tumble, multi-use trail. This corner of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest draws hikers, dirt bikers, and horseback riders alike. The trail offers views along the lake shores, including Mount Adams, and dips into the shaded canyon of Adams Creek about halfway between the lakes.
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 4900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
The East Crater Trail is a heavily used connector to the Pacific Crest Trail that also provides relatively easy access to the heart of the Indian Heaven Wilderness.
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
5.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 6100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.17
(6 votes)
The Divide Camp Trail features dense forests, glacial creeks, and wildflower-strewn meadows. It also sees less traffic than the nearby Killen Creek Trail – the standard approach to High Camp.
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 4750 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(8 votes)
This quiet trail will lead you alongside Crofton Ridge and through the Mount Adams Wilderness. In the spring, lupine flowers welcome you into an area still recovering from a 2015 wildfire. Later in the summer, you can fill up on ripe blueberries and tiny wild strawberries.
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 1875 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
Conboy Lake is now more of a marsh than a lake but it is home to a variety of wildlife. The habitat consists of oak, pine, and aspen forests, wetlands and grassy prairies.
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
13.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 5200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.17
(6 votes)
As the huckleberries ripen and the cooler weather chases the bugs away, you can experience peace and serenity in the wild at this beautiful lake.
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Here's a low-key, gentle hike, clocking in at 3.2 miles roundtrip and weaving through old-growth firs, past a stream, and onto a summit within the first mile. After viewing Mount Adams and Mount Hood from this viewpoint, follow the trail by crossing a jeep track.
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
The Willard Springs Trail is a two-mile loop along the edge of the Conboy Lake marsh and through the pine forest. Beginning at the refuge headquarters, the trail parallels the west shore of the old Conboy Lake lakebed, with views across the lakebed and north to the 12,000-foot Mt. Adams from the Observation Platform, then returns through the forest.
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 4624 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
A figure-eight loop around Takhlakh Lake and past Takh Takh Meadow, ascending up a lava flow for fantastic vistas of Mount Rainier, the Goat Rocks, and Mount Adams. You can also do a lake-only loop is also possible for a much shorter and leveler hike.
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1738 ft.
Highest Point: 3219 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(6 votes)
A hiker and biker trail that is moderate in difficulty, Summit Springs is also known as Snass Creek.
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1700 ft.
Highest Point: 5900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.29
(7 votes)
Stagman Ridge is a long spine reaching out southwest from Mount Adams, and the hike through the pleasing forest is never overly steep.
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 4900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(10 votes)
A beautiful rocky outcropping provides eye-popping views of Mount Adams.
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
 
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(6 votes)
 
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 5200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(6 votes)
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)
 
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 260 ft.
Highest Point: 4250 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)