Saturday, August 9, 2014 – Sponsored by the Friends of Mount Adams
Featuring: Five beautiful, exhilarating hikes on four sides of the mountain: southeast, southwest, west, and northwest; ranging from “easy” to “difficult”, led by knowledgeable FOMA board members. Time for wildflower viewing, photography, discussions about the local history, interpretations of the landscape (including recent Mt. Adams burns), meeting new friends, and relaxing!
Option 1 (Easy): about 3 mi. r.t., 850 ft. gain/loss on the SE side: Bird Creek Meadows via Round-the-Mountain Trail, then Trail of the Flowers to Hellroaring viewpoint for splendid views of the mountain, Ridge of Wonders, Hellroaring Meadow, and south to Mt. Hood. Complete the Trail of the Flowers loop; short diversion to a lovely waterfalll. Leaders: Jurgen Hess, assisted by Ray Thygesen. firstname.lastname@example.org; 541-645-0720.
Option 2 (Moderate): about 6 mi. f.t., 975 ft. gain/loss on SE side in Yakama Reservation: Bird Lake-Bird Creek Meadows-Bluff Lake loop, with a side trip to Hellroaring viewpoint. Hike Crooked Creek Falls Trail, Round-the-Mountain Trail, Trail of the Flowers and the Bluff Lake Trail. Pass through many flower-filled meadows and cross a half-dozen crystal clear streams. Leaders: Don Hardin, assisted by Linda Turner. email@example.com ; 509-493-4819.
Option 3 (More difficult): about 8 mi. r.t., 1500 ft. gain/loss on the W side in the Mt. Adams Wilderness, GPNF: From FS 23 Rd., on little-used Sled Camp Trail to about 5300-foot level, then off-trail less than .5 mi. to lake 5387 or “island lake” at the edge of the 2012 Cascade Creek Burn and an old lava flow. Route goes through old-growth silver fir/hemlock forest and skirts small lakes/marshes. This lake is the largest in the Mt. Adams Wilderness and has an island. Leaders: Dean Myerson; assisted by Bill Weiler. firstname.lastname@example.org ; 509-493-3388.
Option 4 (Even more difficult): about 9 mi. r.t., 1800 ft. gain/loss on the SW side: Trailhead is at the end of FS 120 Rd. in GPNF. Hike Stagman Ridge Trail to Horseshoe Meadow in Mt. Adams Wilderness, via Grassy Hill, Bottle Camp and Pacific Crest Trail. Almost entire route within the 2012 Cascade Creek Fire (highly variable burn intensities). Plenty of wildflowers along the route, even in burned areas. Great views in all directions, including the SW face of the mountain. Leaders: Darvel Lloyd, assisted by Cheryl Mack. email@example.com ; 503-251-2784.
Option 5 (Most Difficult): 11 mi. r.t.; 2.800 ft. gain/loss. Glacier Basin & lake below Adams Glacier in Mt. Adams Wilderness, GPNF. Start at 4,700-ft. Divide Camp Trailhead, FS 2329 Rd. on the NW side. Pacific Crest Trail reached at 6,000 ft.; cross glacier-fed Adams Creek on a crude log bridge; then off-trail up steep slopes to Glacier Basin and timberline; then across alpine tundra, past krummholz and onto snowfields for possible destination of small glacial lake dammed by ice-cored moraine. Great views of the Cascades and Adams Glacier — largest on the mountain. Possible sighting of mountain goats. Leader: Darryl Lloyd. firstname.lastname@example.org ; 541-387-2217.
Cost: Free except for voluntary donation to driver for gas expenses. Options 1 and 2 require a $5/car day-use fee to the Yakama Tribe at their Mirror Lake entrance. NW Forest Pass required for cars parked at Divide Camp T/H (Glacier Basin hike). Maps provided by leaders.
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION: E-mail the hike leader and be sure to include your phone number. Leader will provide details, like when and where to meet, estimated time of return, what to bring, etc. Waiver form to be signed before departure. Limit of 10 attendees on each hike. More info. at: www.mtadamsfriends.org / Questions? Contact Darvel Lloyd, Coordinator: email@example.com; 503-251-2784.