Mt Adams south side

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Mt Adams south side

Post by drm » July 6th, 2021, 12:03 pm

I decided to head up the south side of Mt Adams over the July 4 weekend, the idea being to avoid crowds of people and mosquitoes, at least that was the theory. I went up the Snipes Mtn Trail, the longest and hottest way up since it is almost 100% burned. But the creeks were running fast and cold, so that was a major help. And after 4 miles of burned south-facing slope, you get those series of Gotchen Meadows before you get to the Round the Mountain trail.

Then I turned left for five mostly flat miles to camp in the Salt Creek area, where there is also plenty of water, clear and cold. Even a little shade. I dayhiked up to Horseshoe Meadow - the little creek there is even running mostly clear now.

Mosquitoes were always present but usually in moderate numbers. For my last night I backtracked and camped in the upper Gotchen Meadow, where the buggies were worse.
Snipes Mtn Trail: fried trees, fried bear grass, hot lava bed
but clear and cold water!
Lower Gotchen Mdw
More water on the RTM trail
Salt Creek area, 100 yards from camp
phlox mat
Horseshoe Meadow
Lookinglass Lake
more water along RTM
Upper Gotchen Mdw with Gotchen Ck - which was knee deep! Deeper than it was wide.
second camp - GPS says 100 yards away from Yakam boundary
sunrise from the meadow

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