The South Side route is a high, gentle climb great for beginning climbers who want an overnight trip with fewer people and a more wilderness feel than Hood. There are no crevasses on this route. Be careful if you glissade - a twisted ankle here is a LOT more serious problem than on Hood. Skiers take note: this route can have over a 6,000 foot vertical descent in early season! Ambitious and fit climbers can try this car to car in one day.

Activity Notes

This will be a one day, car-to-car climb from the Cold Springs trailhead. We will be meeting Friday night, July 1, at the trailhead by 8 PM.  We will camp there in preparation for our early morning start. Be aware, the road is terrible and you will want a car with high clearance and 4WD may by helpful. 

On Saturday, July 2nd, we will start at 3 AM, summit and return to the parking lot the same day. This is a long day, but we will travel lighter, since we do not need overnight gear. Participants will want to be in good shape and prepared to comfortably cover 12 miles with approximately 5,500 ft in elevation gain.

Other Information
Driving Distance from Portland 100 miles
Driving Time from Portland 2 hours
Expected Duration Car to car in two or more days
Interesting Features Spectacular Views
Relevant Books Climbers Guide to the Cascade Volcanoes by Jeff Smoot Selected Climbs in the North Cascades by Nelson and Potterfield Cascade Alpine Guide: Columbia River to Stevens Pass by Fred Beckey
Relevant Maps USGS 7 minute series, Mt. Adams West and Mt. Adams East, or USDA Forest Service Mt. Adams Wilderness map Google map,-121.4982232,14.33z/data=!5m1!1e4
Awards Qualified 16 Major NW Peaks, Guardian Peaks
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