Saturday, September 1, 2007

Hike into the Mt. Adams Wilderness

Wow, I just got back from a great trip into the north side of the Mount Adams Wilderness with Camille. I have seen the north face of Adams before, from the Goat Rocks Wilderness, but I've never been close to this side of the mountain before. From our campsite the Adams Glacier seemed to be cascading right down on top of us (in reality we were still about a half mile away from it but it looked big and close). Mt. Adams is a huge bulk of a mountain, rising to over 12,000 ft. I've climber it a few times, but only from the much mellower south side. Climbing from the north side, as the picture on the right suggests, would be a very burly undertaking. Our campsite also had great views of Mt. Rainier to the north and the Goat Rocks Wilderness to the northwest. I would definately suggest this hike to anyone wanting to get a view of Adams, which is a mountain we don't see too often from Portland. The trail leading in is loaded with people on horseback though so you have to be prepared for that.

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