Mount Adams South Climb (Lunch Counter Approach)
ElevationAscent: 6,687' 2,038 m
Descent: -6,686' -2,038 m
High: 12,237' 3,730 m
Low: 5,563' 1,695 m
GradeAvg Grade: 22% (12°)
Max Grade: 96% (44°)
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“The South Climb (Lunch Counter Approach) is the least technical route up Mount Adams.”— Napo GV
A high-clearance vehicle is strongly recommended to access the South Climb Trailhead near the old Cold Springs Campground. Be sure to take the road nice and slow, as it is incredibly narrow and rutted—A car coming the other way will prove a challenge.
All climbers need to be prepared to deal with a wide variety of weather, snow, and rock conditions. The route can deviate drastically depending on the weather conditions.
Pikers Peak is a false summit that can take a few hours to reach from the Lunch Counter. Before Pikers Peak, you might find a rock formation on the right where you would like to stop to get some snacks and be out of the wind. After reaching Pikers Peak, you'll see the summit less than two miles away. Continue following the bootpack to the summit and your reward!
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Land Manager: USFS - Gifford Pinchot