Friends of Mt. Adams are offering two hikes on Mt. Adams this summer. Both will take place on Saturday, Aug. 11, and both are physically demanding, according to hike organizers.
Summaries of the hikes follow.
Beyond The Hump
Wanderings on the west side of Mt. Adams will be led by guide Darvel Lloyd. This long and strenuous 10-mile hike will begin at the Stagman Ridge trailhead (4,200 feet) and take hikers to a 7,000-foot knoll above The Hump on the western shoulder of Mt. Adams.
It will be off-trail above Horseshoe Meadow. This area of the Mt. Adams Wilderness is wonderful for its wide-open spaces, countless hollows and knolls, stunted groves of subalpine fir and mountain hemlock, views of Hood, St. Helens and Rainier, and glacier-polished andesite.
Bird Creek Meadows: The Grand Loop
Guided by Darryl Lloyd, hikers will start at Bird Lake (5,585 feet, pass Bluff Lake and make a big loop of the famous Bird Creek Meadows, where wildflowers will be blooming along the uppermost streams. About half of the distance is off-trail.
The high point will be the top of a big neoglacial moraine (7,895 feet) overlooking an iceberg lake and views of the lower Mazama Glacier. The hike is 7 miles long, with an elevation gain of 2,310 feet.
Those who choose to not climb the moraine can wait in a nice meadow at timberline at 7,200 feet.
Afterwards, hikers are invited to a special no-host dinner at the Trout Lake Country Inn, 15 Guler Rd., in Trout Lake. For more information, contact inn owner Gil Martin at (509) 395-3667. Entertainment for the event will be provided by Seattle blues-folk musician Art Messer of Seattle.
For the Hump hike, contact Darvel Lloyd at firstname.lastname@example.org or (503) 251-2784; for the Bird Creek hike, contact Darryl Lloyd at email@example.com or (541) 387-2217.
Trout Lake School parking lot, about a mile south of the town, at 8 a.m. for the Beyond The Hump hike and at 8:30 a.m. for the Bird Creek Meadows hike.
From the Trout Lake School parking lot, plan on a 45-minute drive to the trailheads. Riders are encouraged to give drivers $5 toward gas and Yakama Nation day-use permit ($5 per car) for Bird Creek Meadow hikers. A Northwest Forest Pass is not needed for Stagman Ridge trailhead parking.
What to bring:
Sturdy boots or shoes for the off-trail hikes, plenty of water, food, sun protection, mosquito repellent, appropriate clothing (based on the weather forecast); optional items, map, camera, first-aid kit. Paper copies of maps will be provided.
Hikes are generally limited to 10 hikers, plus the leader and an assistant. Dogs are not allowed.