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Adams Glacier 

WI2-3 Steep Snow

Type:  Ice, Snow, Alpine, 4700', Grade III
Consensus: WI2-3 [details]
Season: Late Spring / Early Summer
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Submitted By: gcap on Jul 17, 2012

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Adams Glacier on July 12, 2012.


The Adams Glacier is on Mt. Adams' N / NW face. This tumbling ice fall provides quick access to 'The Pinnacle' (a sub-summit), the plateau and ultimately the true summit.

Descend via the N. Ridge or a snow field on the west side of the N. Ridge. Note the N. Ridge consist of very loose volcanic rock. Be careful to not release rock slides on fellow skiers or climbers.


Approach via the Killen Creek Trail (#113). The trailhead is reached via forest roads 23, 21 and 2329.

The route is impossible to miss and you have a good view of your line for the entire approach.

A volcano permit is required to climb Mount Adams. More info here:

Camp at a glacial lake at 7650' for easy access.
There is also flat and dry camping (on dirt) at the established 'high camp' area at 7000'


Protection consists of pickets and ice screws.

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