Trail #10 High Camp

Area Status: Closed

Trail is open to hiker and pack & saddle only

This short 0.7 mile trail is used primarily as an access to climbing routes on the north side of Mt. Adams within Mt. Adams Wilderness. Accessed via Killen Creek Trail #113 on the north side of Mount Adams. The High Camp Trail ends in a high alpine meadow (6,928' elevation) with dramatic views of Mt. Adams, Goat Rocks and Mt. Rainier. 

Due to the sensitivity of the ecosystem on the higher reaches of Mt. Adams, campfires are prohibited along the entire length of the High Camp Trail #10, at "High Camp" itself, and all areas above as per 36 CFR 261.52(a). Campfire restrictions exist in other areas on Mt. Adams. Please see the Wilderness Regulations page for more information. 

A Cascade Volcano Pass is required from May 1st to September 30th for anyone age 16 and older traveling above 7000ft elevation on Mt. Adams, even if not attempting the summit. For more information on climbing Mt. Adams, please refer to the Mt. Adams Summit page.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 11/03/2023: There is about a foot of snow on the trail. In season mosquito repellent is recommended. For information contact the Mt. Adams Ranger Station 509-395-3402.
Permit Info:
  • Wilderness Permit Required. Permits are free and self issued at trailheads. 
  • Cascades Volcano Pass required above 7,000' elevation in Mt. Adams Wilderness, May 1 - September 30.      
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: Wilderness Regulations apply.     Building, maintaining, or using a campfire, within Mt. Adams Wilderness is prohibited:
  • Above the Round-The-Mountain Trail #9 from the Gifford Pinchot National Forest Boundary west to Pacific Crest Trail #2000;
  • Above Pacific Crest Trail #2000 north to the intersection of Highline Trail #114;
  • Above trail #114 north and east to the Gifford Pinchot Forest Boundary. (36 CFR 261.52(a) )
Closest Towns: Trout Lake, WA; Randle, WA
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Mt. Adams Ranger District

General Information


The Trail is accessed from the Killen Creek Trail #113 via Killen Creek Trail trailhead.


Mountain Climbing

The trail is heavily used and was likely the route taken on the first documented ascent of Mt. Adams in 1854 (the south side climb, which is the most popular route today, was not the first route used to reach the summit).

Day Hiking


High Camp Trail is located in the northern part of the Mt. Adams Wilderness, directly across from Killen Creek Trail #113 and the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000. It is used primarily as access to climb the North Cleaver Route on Mt. Adams. The trail ends in a high alpine meadow (6,928 feet elevation).

Horse Riding

Viewing Scenery

Views of Adams Glacier, Mt. Rainier, Mount St. Helens, and the Goat Rocks.

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
0.7 miles

  Elevation : 
6100' - 6800'