Mount Adams  is one of the easiest Northwest volcanic peaks to climb; in fact, it’s often used as a first climb by area mountaineering clubs. Before you begin, be sure to register with the Mt. Adams Ranger Station in Trout Lake  (509/395-2501, June 1–Sept. 30 Mon.–Thurs. $10, Fri.–Sun. $15).
he south slope route is least difficult: It begins at 6,000 feet at the end of Forest Roads 8040 and 500 at Cold Springs Camp, climbing up the old road for several miles, then ascending South Climb Trail (No. 183), crossing snowfields and zigzgging up pumice to the peak.
Climbers should carry an ice ax, rope, crampons, warm clothing, sunglasses, and other basic supplies.