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South Cascades


South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area
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5.6 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 6100 ft.


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Northwest Forest Pass

This trail ascends the south slopes of Mount Adams through dry lodgepole pine forest and crosses Shorthorn Creek and Crofton Creek before ending at the Round the Mountain Trail at treeline.

Along the way, the trail passes through brilliant blooms of Beargrass and phlox. Crofton Creek carves a deep ravine as it descends from the high glaciers on Mount Adams.



Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 46.1308, -121.5152 Open map in new window


South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

Shorthorn (#16)

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mount Adams Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking - Mount Adams and Goat Rocks

by Tami Asars. Published by Mountaineers Books.

Green Trails Mount Adams No. 367S

Green Trails Mount Adams West No. 366

Trails Illustrated Mount St. Helens Mount Adams

Getting There

From Vancouver, take I-205 across the Columbia to I-84. Head east on I-84 to Hood River. Take exit 64 and cross the Hood River Bridge back to the Washington side. Turn left on Hwy 14 and go 1.5 miles. Turn right onto Hwy 141 Alt. Continue north on to Hwy 141 and follow for about 20 more miles to Trout Lake. Follow the Mt. Adams Road (County Rd 17) north for 2 miles, turn left onto Forest Service Road 80. Follow FSR 80 for about 4 miles until it turns to gravel and becomes FSR 8040. Continue north for about 4 more miles to the Shorthorn Trailhead.

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Northwest Forest Pass

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