Trail #9 Round-the-Mountain

 

General trail map of the Mt Adams Wilderness area.

Vicinity trail map of the Mt Adams Wilderness including: Round the Mountain #9, Looking Glass Lake #9A, High Camp #10, Stagman Ridge #12, Muddy Meadows #13, Shorthorn #16, Divide Camp #112, Killen Creek Trail #113, High Line trail #114, and South Climb #183.

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

TRAIL HAZARD ALERT:

Due to heavy winter snow pack, historically unstable ice and bedrock, and warm temperatures in the forecast, there is a high probability of a large debris avalanche originating from Avalanche Glacier affecting the basins below.  Please see the map of the hazard zone.

Use caution when traveling on Round-the-Mountain Trail #9 & avoid areas upslope of the trail.

Round-the-Mountain Trail #9 is considered the upper limit of safety; however, historic debris flows have descended well below the trail.

Safety Tips:

  • Avoid camping within 1 mile of the hazard zone.  View the hazard zone here.
  • Avoid traveling upslope of Round-the-Mountain Trail #9. Use caution if traveling along the trail.
  • Observe stream flow. If it suddenly becomes muddy, increases, or decreases in flow leave the area immediately.
  • Listen for rock & ice fall. Look up periodically at Avalanche Glacier for any potential movement.

 

This Trail Open to Hiker and Equestrian Use.

The 8.3 mile Round the Mountain Trail has numerous scenic opportunities, as it follows a generally rolling grade around the base of Mt. Adams. The slopes are splashed with color from wildflowers, amid the small subalpine fir and white bark pine. This trail connects the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 on the west side of Mt Adams with Yakama Indian Reservation Tract D area on the eastern flank of Mt Adams. 

Alert: Spring washouts can make river crossings dangerous, or impassable to stock.

From Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000 near Horseshoe Meadows, the trail heads southeastward, at around 6000 feet elevation. The first trail junction is at 1.1 miles, with Looking Glass Lake Trail #9A. The trail continues for another 2.2 miles, crossing several glacier-fed meltwater streams, to the junction with Shorthorn Trail #16. The trail continues on for another 2.8 miles to the junction with the South Climb Trail #183. From here the trail follows the wilderness boundary, skirting the north end of the Aiken Lava Bed.

The trail enters the Yakama Indian Reservation at the junction with Snipes Mountain Trail #11. The Forest Service maintains the trail to the reservation boundary. The section through Bird Creek Meadows is under management of the Yakama Indian Nation. Permits to use Yakama lands are available from rangers stationed at Bird Lake. From here the trail enters Bird Creek Meadows on the Yakama Indian Reservation. The trail ends on Road 8290.285 in the reservation. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 7/28/2018: Open.
Permit Info:
  • Wilderness Permit Required. Permits are free and self-issued at trailheads.
  • A seperate permit is required within Yakama Indian Reservation. (Overnight stay permits are available. Camping is allowed only in the designated sites.)
Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions: Wilderness Regulations apply   
Closest Towns: Trout Lake, WA
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at Cold Springs Campground/South Climb Trailhead.    
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Mt. Adams Ranger District

General Information

Directions:

Trail can be accessed from Trails #2000, #183, #11, and #16 .


Activities


Hiking

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Horse Riding & Camping

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Horse Riding

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Nature Viewing

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Areas & Activities

Location

 
  Area/Length : 
8.3 miles

  Elevation : 
6000' - 6400'

 



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