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Results List

63 Hikes

South Cascades > Mount Adams Area

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 6900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.11
(18 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
Take this remote, flower-filled trail up the north side of Mount Adams to the rocky alpine terrain of giant glaciers.
 
 
 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2400 ft.
Highest Point: 6100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(6 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Dogs allowed on leash
Hike through wildflower-filled burned forest to subalpine meadows, a small reflecting lake and views of Mount Adams.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount Adams Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 4780 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Old growth
  • Lakes
  • Established campsites
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)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
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

 
6.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 5100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.29
(7 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Lakes
  • Ridges/passes
Indian Heaven trail provides access to one of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest's most popular areas. The Indian Heaven Wilderness is a high, forested plateau dotted with lakes and berry-filled meadows. Its a lovely location for a day hike or a backpacking trip. Some connect this trail with Cultus Creek trail and the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) to make a popular loop hike.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount Adams Area

 
1.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 6928 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Ridges/passes
Aptly named High Camp sits at timberline on the northwest side of Mount Adams and offers stupendous views.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount Adams Area

 
6.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1350 ft.
Highest Point: 4370 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(6 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
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

 
2.9 miles, one-way
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 4600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers
  • Ridges/passes
Gotchen Creek Trail is a 2.9-mile, high-elevation, single-track in the middle of Gotchen Meadow, south of Mount Adams and the Mount Adams Wilderness. This trail intersects with Cold Springs Trail (#72) and Morrison Creek Trail (#39) and crosses Hole-in-the-Ground Creek.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount Adams Area

 
8.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 1500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers
Low-lying with impressive trees bordering each side of it, this trail is a nice option year-round. The Doug-fir bigleaf maple, and hemlock forest canopy in this narrow valley shades hikers in the heat of summer, and in winter the elevation means it's unlikely to have heavy snow to navigate. And since it's a former railroad grade, the trail is easy enough for hikers of all types.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount Adams Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 4900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
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

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 5100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Ridges/passes
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
This moderate in-and-out trail makes a lovely picnic destination, or ideal short backpack, to a brilliant blue lake with peeks of Mount Adams.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount Adams Area

 
5.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 6100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.17
(6 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Rivers
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

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 950 ft.
Highest Point: 5180 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.83
(6 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
From its rocky and rutted beginnings, to the short last push to the top of a former fire lookout site, this trail boasts big rewards for very little effort. The west slope of Mount Adams is right there behind you as you head to the top of Council Bluff to face the mountain in full.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount Adams Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 5100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(6 votes)
  • Lakes
The trail climbs sharply through a forest of Douglas fir for a mile to a view of the Goat Rocks, Sawtooth Mountain, Mount Rainier, and Mount Adams. From this viewpoint you get a great view of Mount Adams and the Goat Rocks. It's worth bringing a camera for this one.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount Adams Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 4750 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(8 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
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

 
13.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 5200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.17
(6 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Lakes
  • Ridges/passes
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

 
10.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1875 ft.
Highest Point: 5230 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.11
(9 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Lakes
  • Established campsites
No less than five picturesque lakes, wide panoramas of South Cascades peaks and oodles of seasonal wildflowers and berries make this an ideal long day hike or weekend backpack.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount Adams Area

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Ridges/passes
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

 
0.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
Visit a short but interesting trail with interpretive signs explaining studies on tree spacing during replantation.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount Adams Area

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 5110 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(6 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Old growth
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
Two approaches, one longer and easier and the other shorter and harder, access this spur trail off the PCT to a serene mountain lake.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount Adams Area

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 4780 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.43
(7 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
This heavily-used trail passes numerous lakes and meadows and is an excellent foray into the Indian Heaven Wilderness. Hikers will find amble opportunities for a lakeside lunch spot.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount Adams Area

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 4624 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Established campsites
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)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Fall foliage
A hiker and biker trail that is moderate in difficulty, Summit Springs is also known as Snass Creek.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount Adams Area

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 3400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(3 votes)
A primitive trail that climbs steeply to connect the Trapper Creek Trail (#192) to the Observation Trail (#132).
 
 

South Cascades > Mount Adams Area

 
1.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 625 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(6 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Good for kids
Enjoy great views of Mount Adams from the site of a former fire lookout tower.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount Adams Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 4800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
A short connector trail to the Snipes Mountain trail and other adventures on the southern flanks 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)
  • Lakes
  • Established campsites
 
 

South Cascades > Mount Adams Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)