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Mount Adams: High Camp via Killen Creek

Mt. Adams/Indian Heaven Wilderness/Goat Rocks, Washington

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Mount Adams: High Camp via Killen Creek

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  • Killen Creek Trail.- Mount Adams: High Camp via Killen Creek
  • Wildflowers along Killen Creek.- Mount Adams: High Camp via Killen Creek
  • Lupine.- Mount Adams: High Camp via Killen Creek
  • The Pacific Crest Trail beneath Mount Adams (12,281'). - Mount Adams: High Camp via Killen Creek
  • At the PCT take a short, slight right to High Camp Trail.- Mount Adams: High Camp via Killen Creek
  • Mount Adams (12,281').- Mount Adams: High Camp via Killen Creek
  • Adams Glacier on the north face of Mount Adams. Note the mountain goats at the base.- Mount Adams: High Camp via Killen Creek
  • Backcountry camp site (High Camp).- Mount Adams: High Camp via Killen Creek
  • Mount Adams (12,281').- Mount Adams: High Camp via Killen Creek
  • Mountain stream (High Camp) with Mount Adams (12,281').- Mount Adams: High Camp via Killen Creek
  • High Camp ground cover.- Mount Adams: High Camp via Killen Creek
  • Marmot at High Camp.- Mount Adams: High Camp via Killen Creek
  • Mount St. Helens (8,365').- Mount Adams: High Camp via Killen Creek
  • Mount Rainier (14,411').- Mount Adams: High Camp via Killen Creek
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Mount Adams views. Vast alpine meadows. Wildlife.
Cons: 
Rough road. Mosquitos. Horses. Dusty trail.
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Alerts: 
July, 2016: Note that a section of road between Muddy Meadows and Killen Creek Trailhead has been reconstructed after a wash out. High-clearance vehicles are recommended.
Region:
Mt. Adams/Indian Heaven Wilderness/Goat Rocks, WA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
2,300.00 ft (701.04 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
9.60 mi (15.45 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,601.00 ft (1,402.38 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Far removed from the bustling summer crowds meandering up the Mount Adams South Route, High Camp offers remarkable views of Mount Adams's glaciated north side and expansive alpine meadows in every direction. Beginning at the popular (and often dusty) Killen Creek Trailhead #113, you’ll quickly find yourself immersed in a subalpine land of summer wildflowers. At around 2.5 miles you’ll cross East Fork Adams Creek and its lush meadows; this is also a good opportunity to fill up on water. Note that in later summer it may be increasingly difficult to source water, so it’s a good idea to bring plenty for your trip. The tree line will begin to thin as you reach the PCT, and a steeper climb begins across rocky terrain to High Camp at the edge of Adams Glacier.

Secluded backcountry camping opportunities are abundant even during busy weekends, and the area rarely feels crowded. In addition to the rugged glaciers at High Camp, there is a good chance you’ll see marmots, herds of mountain goats, and depending on the weather, unimpeded views of nearby Mount St. Helens, Mount Rainier, and Goat Rocks. In early summer the snow levels may make it difficult to locate the trail, so it’s recommended that you hike with both compass and map. If you plan to hike above 7,000 feet you'll need to obtain a Cascade Volcanoes Pass.

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