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Mount Adams, 2-day South Side summit and course

Join the certified mountain guides of Alpine Ascents International for this 2 day summit of Mt. Adams. Along the way, learn key mountaineering skills!

Mountain RangeCascade Range
Duration2 days
Offer periodJul
Skill LevelBeginner
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripGroup


  • Summit Washington State's second highest mountain at 12,276 ft

  • Great training climb before a summit of Mt. Rainier

  • Expert instruction in mountaineering techniques including ice axe and crampons


Enjoy the beautiful view from the second highest point in Washington State during this 2 day climbing program. Along the way, we will practice key mountaineering skills such as use of crampons and ice axes.

At 3,742 m/12,276 ft, the summit of Mt. Adams is the second highest point in Washington State. A dormant volcano that lies within the Cascade Mountains, those who reach the summit enjoy a panoramic view that extends across some of the Pacific Northwest’s most noteworthy mountains: Mt. St. Helens,  Mt. Rainier, and Mt. Hood.  We will follow the South Side route, where there are no visible crevasses in the snowy and icy terrain.

Departing 7:30 AM from the White Salmon Inn, we will drive to the trailhead and ascend to our high camp at a beautiful site at 9,250 ft nicknamed “Lunch Counter.” We will carry all gear up to high camp ourselves, so you can expect to carry a pack of about 55 lbs. At our high camp, we will have a chance to review important glacier mountaineering skills, such as self arrest with an ice axe and walking with crampons. Early the next morning we make the snow and ice covered ascent to the summit, returning back to the trailhead later that afternoon.

No previous mountaineering experience is required  to participate – this program is suitable for any adventurous beginner with a strong level of physical fitness.  In fact, this is a great program for beginning mountaineers who want to build the skills and techniques they need to climb the more challenging Mt. Rainier.  It is recommended that participants have prior experience camping and backpacking.

Book now for a fun and rewarding 2 day program exploring 2nd highest mountain in Washington State!

Check out a few of our other exciting programs: 4-day Climb on the Forbidden Peak West Ridge, Washington, 3-day Ascent of Mount Baker (3286m) with glacier training, or Kilimanjaro, 12-day trip with ascent via the Machame Route!



Meeting point

We will meet at 7:30 AM on Day 1 in the Inn of White Salmon in White Salmon, WA. Transportation not included.




Day 1: Approach to high camp

We meet at 7:30 AM at the White Salmon Inn. From there, we drive to the trailhead at Cold Springs.

Beginning from an altitude of 5,600 ft, the approach will then take us 5 hours of moderately strenuous hiking. We will ascend all the way to our high camp at Lunch Counter (9,250 ft).

Along the way, we will review key mountaineering skills such as how to use an ice axe, self arrest techniques, and walking with crampons.

Day 2: Summit Day

After an early breakfast, we ascend Mt. Adams (3,742 m/12,276 ft), expecting to reach the summit at dawn, after 4-6 hours’ climb. The panoramic view will extend from Mt. Rainier, to Mt. Hood, to Mt. St. Helens.

From the summit, we descend back to high camp, pack up, and head back to our cars at the trailhead. You can either head back to Seattle or spend the night at Trout Lake.

About the guide

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We are one of the prime guiding agencies in the US and our mountaineering school is among the most reputed in the country. We are recognized as industry leaders all across North America.

All our expeditions are carefully planned as we believe that our work prior to the start of the trip is key to helping climbers achieve their goals. We provide a wealth of important information to help participants plan more effectively and our guides are always available to answer questions.

We believe putting together cohesive groups is key and we ask participants important details about their training and climbing or hiking experience. This is key to our safety record, which stands as the finest in the industry. Injury prevention is always our top priority.

We think of climbers as modern-day explorers. Whether attending a mountaineering course or climbing Everest, you can expect us to treat every trip as a unique exploration. We know you have joined us to embrace a challenge and to learn through experience.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 928 each

Group of 2

USD 928 each

Group of 3

USD 928 each

Group of 4

USD 928 each

Group of 5

USD 928 each

Group of 6

USD 928 each

Group of 7

USD 928 each

Group of 8

USD 928 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Price details

Minimum 2 participants. Price includes: Guiding services, 1 breakfast and 1 dinner, wilderness fees, group equipment (ropes, stoves, tents, etc). Does not include: Transportation to and from the trailhead, parking pass, lunches, personal gear, transport to/from Seattle, lodging in Seattle, insurance, evacuation expenses.

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