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jt newgard

Mt Adams approach this spring

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Hello all, dumb California climber here.

I'll be visiting the northwest for a ski mountaineering course at the end of April and was hoping to climb Mt Adams on the way home. After doing some basic googling it sounds like roads will be closed at some point along the usual south spur approach to this mountain.

So just wondering if the approach would be long enough to turn the outing into a multi-day affair, if it's worth going for it at all, etc. Also, if anyone wants to do this trip week of April 30 - May 4 I could use a partner. Although be forewarned I have the opposite of summit fever and often am completely content tooling around on the lower flanks of the big mountains! ha!

Thanks!!

JT

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Mt. Adams can still be climbed in a day trip even if the road is closer lower down.  I did it several years ago in March from one of the lower snow parks.  It makes for a much longer day but the plus is fewer people!  Of course you could easily turn it into an overnight or even a 3 day.  It really depends on what you want.  If you are looking for good skiing then you might be happier just staying slightly lower as the upper mountain can get pretty hard and windswept....obviously condition dependent.  I think it is worth the effort and I honestly had a lot more fun being the only person on the mountain than when I went back later in the season and walked up the ant line of people.

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It's all weather dependent. If you end up with enough viz and not too much wind, it's doable but expect a lot of fairly flat road skinning. Typically, people start skiing that route some time in May.

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Sweet thank you both for the input. Sounds promising, especially since I have a few days to wait out the weather. 

I actually don't mind flat road skinning. Sometimes you can get that nice glide going...

I do enjoy the early season solo trips for the solitude. Usually scale back the summit ambitions but mthorman, you're right...it's so amazing having a mountain all to yourself!

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If you make it to the Morrison Creek trailhead, just head North from there instead of going up the road to the South climb trailhead. You'll still be able to connect with the South climb.

May want to take a GPS with you though because it's easy to drop too low heading heading back to the Morrison Creek trailhead.

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Ah nice, I see what you mean about heading north from the Morrison trailhead. (basically avoid unnecessarily wrapping around McDonald Ridge on the road)

Also know what you mean about dropping too low, haha. Looks like if I stay west of McDonald Ridge on the way down, the fall line points pretty much straight toward the Morrison trailhead.

 

PS. It's a full moon on April 29! Could be a great moonlit ascent, and late morning ski down! If anyone else wants to join...

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