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Mount Adams Wilderness

Posted on Jun 4, 2024 in Uncategorized

The 47,122-acre Mount Adams Wilderness area is complex and unique. Here, the semi-arid shrub-steppe ecosystem of the Columbia Plateau meets the lush temperate forest ecosystem of the west side, allowing diverse types of vegetation and wildlife to flourish. Washington State’s second highest mountain behind Mount Rainier, the vast volcanic slopes of Mount Adams take up a considerable portion of the Wilderness and rise to its only peak. As many as 25 climbing routes, from nontechnical to technically challenging, provide access to this very popular summit. Only the western half of the mountain lies within the Mount Adams Wilderness, managed by the US Forest Service; the eastern half lies within the Yakama Nation Indian Reservation and is managed by the tribe. 

Mount Adams, alongside Goat Rocks and Glacier Peak, became Washington State’s first Wilderness Areas in 1964 when President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law. It created the National Wilderness Preservation System and immediately placed 54 areas into the system, totaling 9.1 million acres in 13 states. 

Stagman Ridge Trail 

Killen Creek to High Camp Trail