Mt. Adams

Least visited of the major Central Cascade Peaks, Mt. Adams is considered the “forgotten giant.” Wildlife, wide areas, and quiet are equally abundant. The steep, 1.4-mile climb to “Sleeping Beauty” rewards with expansive views from an old fire lookout. Visit and learn about the local lore of the ice caves near the small town of Trout Lake, where permits for summit attempts can be purchased at the Ranger Station.

The 12,326-foot high Mt. Adams is the second highest peak in the northwest and is bounded on the east by the Yakama Indian Reservation.  Nearby wilderness trails offer spectacular views of Mt. Adams, its glaciers, tumbling streams, alpine forests, and wildflowers scattered among lava flows. You’ll find a blend of dry eastside and moist west side weather, which allow diverse types of vegetation to flourish.

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  • Interpretive Signage
  • Visitor Center on Site

Adventurous Spirits

The Central Cascades has seven themes that help to define the character of the region. This location is an example of Adventurous Spirits. Here are more locations that exemplify this theme:

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