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.
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Snipes Mtn Trail: fried trees, fried bear grass, hot lava bed
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but clear and cold water!
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Lower Gotchen Mdw
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More water on the RTM trail
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Salt Creek area, 100 yards from camp
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phlox mat
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Horseshoe Meadow
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Lookinglass Lake
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more water along RTM
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Upper Gotchen Mdw with Gotchen Ck - which was knee deep! Deeper than it was wide.
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second camp - GPS says 100 yards away from Yakam boundary
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sunrise from the meadow

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