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Round the Mountain Trail

Mount Adams

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

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  • Lupine (Lupinus).- Round the Mountain Trail
  • Mount Adams (12,281').- Round the Mountain Trail
  • Indian paintbrush (Castilleja) and lupine (Lupinus) border the Round The Mountain Trail.- Round the Mountain Trail
  • Lupine (Lupinus) dominates the meadows around Mount Adams.- Round the Mountain Trail
  • One of the many lush wildflower meadows around Mount Adams.- Round the Mountain Trail
  • Aiken Lava Bed.- Round the Mountain Trail
  • Mountain stream, wildflowers, and Mount Adams (12,281').- Round the Mountain Trail
  • A little pond off of the side of the trail.- Round the Mountain Trail
  • The Round The Mountain trail is boardered by wildflowers.- Round the Mountain Trail
  • Mount Adams (12,281') behind some lupine (Lupinus) and aster (Aster) wildflowers.- Round the Mountain Trail
  • Mount Adams (12,281') from the Hellroaring Viewpoint.- Round the Mountain Trail
  • Mount Adams (12,281')- Round the Mountain Trail
  • Beautiful fall colors around Mount Adams.- Round the Mountain Trail
  • Autumn colored meadow.- Round the Mountain Trail
  • One of several waterfalls along the Round the Mountain Trail.- Round the Mountain Trail
  • Fall foliage.- Round the Mountain Trail
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Pros: 
Great mountain views. Wildflowers.
Cons: 
Dusty Trail.
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Region:
Mt. Adams/Indian Heaven Wilderness/Goat Rocks, WA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,500.00 ft (457.20 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
11.40 mi (18.35 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,580.00 ft (1,700.78 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Though the first section of this hike leads through the areas that were burned in 2008 and 2012, you will reach the Round the Mountain Trail in just 1.3 miles. Once on this trail you will leave the mountain climbers and the burn zone behind in favor of a relatively flat route through lava cast forests, the Aiken Lava Bed, and remarkable foliage depending on the season of your visit. To walk among the wildflowers, your best viewing time is late August through early September; by mid-September, brilliant fall colors settle in and remain through mid-October. You'll also pass various mountain streams, waterfalls, and a lovely pond filled with tadpoles and frogs.

As the trail passes into the Yakama Indian Reservation, keep in mind that backcountry camping is only allowed at the 8,300-foot Sunrise Camp. Anyone hiking in the Mount Adams Wilderness above 7,000 feet from June 1 to September 31 needs a Cascade Volcano Pass. The Yakama Nation has agreed to allow public access to the Bird Creek Meadows area, which means there are two different access points.

Once you've reached Bird Creek Meadows, you'll find several picnic benches that make for a great lunch stop. Moving on from Bird Creek Meadows, take a left and climb up toward Hellroaring viewpoint at 6,520 feet. From here you'll gain incredible views of Mount Adams, the Mazama Glacier, and the vast glaciated Hellroaring Canyon. Venturing up beyond the viewpoint can increase your chances of seeing mountain goats and ptarmigans, but remember to stay below 7,000 feet if you haven't obtained the Cascade Volcano Pass.

 

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