Pets allowed
Elevation Gain
1,500.00 ft (457.20 m)
Trail type
11.40 mi (18.35 km)
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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.


Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

NW Forest Pass


Great mountain views. Wildflowers.


Dusty Trail.

Trailhead Elevation

5,580.00 ft (1,700.78 m)


Bird watching
Big Game Watching
Big vistas
Geologically significant
Big Game Watching

Suitable for



Nearby Adventures

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


Started our hike at the south end on Shorthorn Trail and hiked a good portion of the Round the Mountain trail. We planned to do the entire trail but were stopped by the Little Muddy river on the northeast side which was raging and too treacherous to cross. Though the wildflowers weren't at their peak, there were still many beautiful meadows filled with vibrant color. Unfortunately very few blueberries or huckleberries to be found. Plenty of water along the trail and many options to do side hikes or just bushwhack up toward the mountain. The trail is relatively easy once you get up to it with many established camp sites. We saw deer and yellow-bellied marmots. Great views of Hood, Jefferson, St Helens, Rainier and of course Adams. Some hiking through burned woods at the south end, but still beautiful in its own way.
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