Mount Adams, Washington

Prominence: 8116 ft, 2474 m

Elevation: 12,276 feet, 3742 meters

True Isolation: 46.05 mi, 74.11 km
Elevation Info:NAVD88 Elevation: 12,281 ft / 3744 m
Alternate Name(s)Pah-To
SubpeaksThe Pinnacle (12,080 ft/3682 m)
Pikers Peak (11,657 ft/3553 m)
Mount Adams-West Slope (8920 ft/2719 m)
Peak TypeVolcano
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)46° 12' 9'' N; 121° 29' 27'' W
46.202494, -121.490746 (Dec Deg)
616437E 5117653N Zone 10 (UTM)
CountryUnited States
County/Second Level RegionYakima (Highest Point)

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     Mount Adams at Trip Report for Yakima, WA by John Roper Trip Report for Yakima, WA by Edward Earl Trip Report for Yakima, WA by Dean Molen Trip Report for Yakima, WA by Richard Garland Trip Report for Yakima, WA by Shannon Dillmore Trip Report for Yakima, WA by Ken Russell

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Lists that contain Mount Adams:
     USA Lower 48 Top 400 Peaks by Prominence (Rank #9)
     USA Lower 48 Range5 High Points (Rank #60)
     USA Lower 48 Peaks with 4000 feet of Prominence (Rank #9)
     Western Contiguous USA CoHPs (Rank #67)
     Western USA CoHPs (Rank #74)
     Western USA Peaks with 25 miles of Isolation (Rank #97)
     North America Peaks with 2000 meters of Prominence (Rank #37)
     Mazamas Sixteen Northwest Peaks Award (Rank #3)
     Washington State Peaks with 2000 feet of Prominence (Rank #3)
     Mountaineers 6-Peak Pin (Rank #2)
     Mountaineers 5-Peak Pin (Rank #2)
     2000-foot Prominence CoHPs - 48 States (Rank #9)
     Cascade Volcanoes Peak Pin (Rank #3)
     CoHP High Five List (Rank #39)
     USA Lower 48 Top 100 Peaks by Prominence (Rank #9)
     Washington State Top 200 by Prominence (Rank #3)
     Washington State Wilderness High Points (Rank #2)
     Mazamas Guardian Peaks Award (Rank #1)
     Chemeketan Eighteen Northwest Peaks Award (Rank #3)
     Washington State Fire Lookouts (Rank #1)
(Peak is on over 20 lists; Not all shown here.)

Selected Guidebook(s) for this Peak:
       Climbing Washingtons Mountains (Smoot)
       Summit Routes: Washington's 100 Highest Peaks (Stephenson, Bongiovanni)
       Cascade Alpine Guide, Vol. 1 (Beckey)
       Climbing the Cascade Volcanoes (Smoot)
       Backcountry Ski! Oregon (Van Tilburg)

Selected Trip Reports from this site:
     1997-04-12 by Greg Slayden (Unsuccessful) (GPS Track)
     1997-07-05 by Greg Slayden (GPS Track)
     2000-06-25 by Greg Slayden (GPS Track)
     2004-07-17 by John Gowan
     2006-09-04 by Ned Putnam (GPS Track)
     2007-06-09 by Erik Landahl (Unsuccessful)
     2007-07-05 by Erik Landahl
     2008-08-24 by ChadL Painter (GPS Track)
     2008-08-28 by Jan Peter Eklund
     2010-06-26 by Dan Miles
     2010-09-22 by Michael Wanberg (Unsuccessful)
     2011-06-18 by Kevin DeFields (Unsuccessful)
     2011-08-01 by Michael Wanberg
     2011-08-13 by Noel Howe
     2011-08-29 by Chiky De Las Torres (GPS Track)
     2011-09-05 by Erick Reeve
     2012-07-15 by Daryn Dodge
     2012-09-08 by Petro Ksondzyk (GPS Track)
     2013-05-27 by Marlin Thorman (Unsuccessful) (GPS Track)
     2013-06-14 by Drew Gajan
     2013-06-29 by Emily Wheeler (GPS Track)
     2013-07-20 by John Murphy (GPS Track)
     2013-07-30 by Rob Woodall (GPS Track)
     2013-08-24 by Jason Curtis (GPS Track)
     2014-07-21 by James E. Tetazoo, III (GPS Track)
     2014-09-07 by Chad Straub (GPS Track)
     2015-06-07 by Tobias Flach
     2015-06-07 by Aaron Nash (GPS Track)
     2015-07-04 by Dave Covill
     2015-07-18 by Chris Gemmill
     2015-07-19 by Sam Grant (GPS Track)

View ascents of peak by registered members (658 total)

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Because it is not a state highpoint like Mount Rainier or Mount Hood, nor a fourteener like Mount Shasta, poor Mount Adams is truly the forgotten peak of the Cascades. Its remote location is a factor, too, since Mount Adams lies further east than other famous volcanoes and far from any big city. However, the peak is an impressive sight from the heavily travelled Columbia Gorge to the south.

Mount Adams is still the 3rd highest major Cascade volcano, trailing only Rainier and Shasta and towering a good 1,000 feet higher than Mount Hood. It is a massive peak, somehat hump-shaped, and ringed by large glaciers on all sides but the south, where permanent snowfields allow for an easy and non-technical ascent.

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Mount Adams dominates its surroundings in this view from Grayback Mtn, 25 miles southeast (2014-04-07). Photo by Richard Hensley.
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 8116 ft/2474 m
  Optimistic Prominence: 8156 ft/2486 m
  Line Parent: Mount Rainier-Southeast Crater Rim
  Key Col: Carlton Pass    4160 ft/1268 m
Isolation46.05 mi/74.11 km
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Gibraltar Rock  (NNW)
Isolation Limit Point: 46° 50' 18'' N; 121° 45' 33'' W
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RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Pacific Ranges
Range3: Cascade Range
Range4: South Washington Cascades
Range5: Mount Adams Area (Highest Point)
Ridges/DividesWA-BC Cascade Crest (Highest Point)
Drainage BasinsMajor Triple Divide Point
Pacific Ocean

Klickitat (HP)
Pacific Ocean
Pacific Ocean
OwnershipLand: Gifford Pinchot National Forest (Highest Point)/Yakama Indian Reservation (Highest Point)
Wilderness/Special Area: Mount Adams Wilderness Area (Highest Point)
Topo MapMount Adams East O46121b4 1:24,000
First AscentSeptember, 1854
A.G. Aiken
Edward Allen
Andrew Burge
Route #1 Snow Climb: South Climb
Trailhead: Cold Springs Campground (Dirt Road) 5560 ft/1695 m
Vertical Gain: 6716 ft/2047 m
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Other Photos

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Ken Akerman at the benchmark atop Mount Adams (2014-09-21). Photo by Ken Akerman.
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Mount Adams (2014-09-21). Photo by Lia Smaka.
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Mt Adams Summit (2012-09-08). Photo by Petro Ksondzyk.
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Climbers making their way up Pikers (2014-06-21). Photo by Caleb Morris.
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