Mount Adams via north ridge (attempted)

Left truck at Killen Creek trailhead at 10:30 PM, got to High Camp at 1:30 AM. We camped in the green area just SW of point 6928. Left camp at 7:30 AM. There are campsites in the rock to the right of the route higher up, and more sites on the NW shore of the lake (at 7,505 feet) at the bottom of the Adams Glacier. We followed a boot track with occasional flags up to 9,700 feet (11:00 AM). We turned around here because we were worried about getting fogged in. Back to the campsite at 1:15 PM. I think it was about two hours from camp back to the truck.

The rock and routefinding were pretty easy but there was some exposure, it sometimes looked like a fall could deposit you on the Lava Glacier. The views from the north side of Adams were excellent, when I awoke the lowlands were covered in clouds, leaving only Helens, Rainier, and the Goat Rocks visible. And the Adams glacier is very beautiful.

Copyright © 2004 Gabriel Deal.