Trailhead: South Climb

Area Status: Unreachable

Provides access to: South Climb #183 which enters Mt Adams Wilderness and is a major route to Mt Adams Summit.

Two main parking areas in Cold Springs Campground, at the trailhead, can fill up quickly during the summer season. 

Drive with caution; traffic can be heavy in the high season.  Road is steep and narrow, with sharp switchbacks. No RVs or trailers.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 2/17/2021: Road to trailhead is blocked by snow for the winter until late May. The last 3 miles of dirt road are fairly rough. The Mt. Adams climbing permit system has changed. Purchase your digital pass online at Contact the Mt. Adams Ranger District 509-395-3402 for further information.
Fees $5/vehicle/day
Permit Info: For Wilderness travel at low elevation or during the climbing off-season, Wilderness Permits are required. Wilderness permits are free and self-issued at trailheads.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Wilderness Regulations apply within Mt Adams Wilderness. You must pack out all waste.
Closest Towns: Trout Lake, WA
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (2)
  • Recreation Passes may be used as a form of fee payment. A valid Mt. Adams Climbing Pass (  may be used as fee payment between May 1 and Sept. 30. A Mt. Adams Climbing Pass is not available on site. 
  • A Mt. Adams Climbing Pass required if climbing on trail above 7000 feet between May 1 and Sept. 30. 
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Mt. Adams Ranger District

General Information


From Trout Lake, Washington take Mt Adams Road north to the V intersection with Forest Road 23. At this intersection stay to the right and continue about one mile to the left turn on to Forest Road 80, signed South Climb. Stay on Forest Road 80 to where it ends at the intersection with Forest Road 8040 and 8031. Make a right turn on to Forest Road 8040 and continue driving north past Morrison Creek Campground to South Climb Trailhead located in the old Cold Springs Camp area.

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