Adams is the state's forgotten peak, the second tallest of Washington's Cascades but a mountain that has long been overshadowed by Rainier's height and St Helens' explosive power. Nonetheless, Adams remains an impressive mountain; the lack of a major glacier on its south side allows for a comparatively easy, nontechnical ascent for aspiring peak-baggers. On its lower slopes Adams is renowned for the juicy huckleberries and pretty wildflowers that fill its grassy alpine meadows during a short but intense summer season.
While most climbs are nontechnical slogs up a glacier, even these require basic climbing gear. The easiest approach (grade II) is from the south, via Cold Springs Campground, and up the South Spur to the summit. The climb is best between May and August. Climbers should sign in and out at the USFS ranger station at either Trout Lake or Randle. For guided hikes contact Seattle-based Mountain Madness.