Mt. Adams A  
Condition Updates  
Route: East ridge via Horn Ck
Posted On: 2021-01-08, By: blazintoes
Info: Easy drive to Horn Creek TH. Partner and I trenched to 11,500 then solo up the east ridge. Wind karate chopped and body slapped me making the summit unbearable. Bummer because views from Adams are the best. Snapped as many pics as I could without blowing away. Phone pics are terrible sorry d/t processing error from the cold? The snow was excellent for snowshoe grabbage and crampon purchase. Spin drift filled in all tracks on the way down but Horn Creek was nicely packed. Not sure how it'll hold up after this next storm. Returned to a flat tire as a grand prize for getting a winter summit. The wind through the trees was maddening. 
Route: West ridge via Willow Creek
Posted On: 2020-11-05, By: Snow_Dog_frassati
Info: Microspikes were very helpful over the boot pack up to the willow lake. Right now the northern slopes of the Sangres are pretty snowed in but the Southern aspects are almost bare. After the lake no snow gear was required, including the scramble to the summit. Conditions were dry enough for trail runners and the pup. Challenger's standard route is very snowy and would have demanded snow gear. 
Route: West ridge via Willow Creek
Posted On: 2020-10-04, By: CaptCO
Info: Kept the route mostly at difficult class 2 with my pup today. There is water above the trail split to filter. Incredible views, dry whole way. Summit register has pen 
Route: West ridge via Willow Creek
Posted On: 2020-08-25, By: jahselassie
Info: Summit register needs a pencil/pen. 
Route: West ridge via Willow Creek
Posted On: 2020-07-04, By: cougar
Info: Summer conditions 
Route: Northeast, South, West, and Northwest Ridges
Posted On: 2020-06-21, By: supranihilest
Info: We climbed some variation of all four of Adam's ridges, I'll try to describe them in order. Northeast ridge from Horn Creek (ascent and descent): The Horn Creek trail is almost entirely dry with exception of one or two muddy spots. There's a lot of deadfall though. At the creek crossing where one must rock hop across we did so and followed the trail through six foot tall willows to the upper lake. We ascended a massive slope east of Adams that was quite unpleasant: steep and very loose. This is the best way up though. We followed it to the ridge crest then attempted to stay on the crest, since the Class 2+ stuff below the ridge was all rather loose. Staying on the ridge entailed Class 3 and 4 scrambling, but the rock was generally solid and fun. The final summit scramble was not as hard as it looks from below. We descended this same ridge at the end of the day and once again stayed on the crest. The slope back to the lake absolutely sucked going down. South ridge to Point 13,580 A (descent only): We dropped directly off of Adam's summit south and followed a series of sloping ledges down. There was some Class 3 scrambling but we didn't look super hard for easier ways down. The rock was generally solid but there was plenty of scree and such on the ledges to be aware of. Route finding is your friend if going to 13,580 A. West ridge from 13,546 (ascent only): A stupid amount of vert going up from the saddle, and it looks steep but is actually quite pleasant. There are grassy bypasses to most of the lower ridge and then Easy Class 3 scrambling on super solid conglomerate to the summit, which we scooted around to climber's right before topping out a second time. It looked like a direct ascent up the summit block would be very difficult. Northwest ridge to Point 13,153 (ascent and descent): we descended this ridge and found tons of scree everywhere, by far the most of any part of the day except the garbage slope above Horn Lake. There's some absolutely massive slabs under the scree and we scrambled down broken tiers of these slabs as we went. Mostly Easy Class 3 scrambling, nothing too difficult. This is a ridge with a lot of elevation loss and re-gain, and was really tough going back up (our third summit of Adams that day) at the end of the day. Be very careful of the loose rock on this ridge. It's easier than it looks but looks can be deceiving, especially if tired. 
Route: West ridge via Willow Creek
Posted On: 2020-06-20, By: LetsGoMets
Info: Dry, summer conditions to the top. 
Route: West ridge via Willow Creek
Posted On: 2020-06-13, By: Bailey Tyson
Info: Dry and good to go. 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-05-27, By: JtheChemE
Info: A few small sections of snow around the Horn Lakes, but the route is doable in trailrunners from car to summit. The ridge scramble is dry, and both summit options also dry. 
Route: West ridge via Willow Creek
Posted On: 2020-05-25, By: Will_E
Info: Summitted Adams peak yesterday. Most of the route from Willow Lake was dry, just a few small snowfields to cross. There was only one part that was challenging, at the point you flip to the back side of the mountain, there was a large expanse of snow blocking what I assume is the usual route. Getting down wasn't too bad, I just sort of jumped. The rock in the area is very fragile, and was hard to get good handholds to climb up it, I initially looked for an easier way to bypass it, but the snowfields on the north side of the mountain were stiff as ice, and steep, and I'm pretty lazy about putting on crampons for short distance, so I climbed up it. Just a little bit hairy. It's the pic with white arrow. Probably worth taking crampons and an axe for that one section in case you need to bypass it, especially if you're bigger than me, the rock overhangs this part as well, had to sort of crouch through it. 
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Route: West ridge via Willow Creek
Posted On: 2019-11-11, By: CaptainSuburbia
Info: Willow Creek approach is mostly dry for first 3 miles then boot packed to lake. Mostly avoidable patchy snow from there to upper basin with occasional postholes. Dry from bottom of gully to Adams summit. Snow was easily avoidable except for occasional postholes on ridge to Point 13546. Dry to Point 13580A. 
Route: From Horn Creek TH
Posted On: 2019-10-20, By: majtytom
Info: TH was nice and dry. After intersection of Rainbow trail and Horn Creek Trail, there was some snow going from frosting to a couple of inches at the lakes. After leaving trail, steep slope up to the ridge crest was covered in snow/ice, a bit slippery. Ridge crest had quite a bit of snow and often exposed to winds. One had to be careful not to slip. I had poles and microspikes, but did not use either as I found them cumbersome. 
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Route: Horn Creek
Posted On: 2019-09-19, By: angry
Info: Summer conditions, dry to summit. Well defined trail all the way to horn lake. 
Route: West ridge via Willow Creek
Posted On: 2019-08-11, By: Danger_D
Info: Summer conditions on the trail. Bring waterproof shoes for the basins above the lake. Once I got to the lower basin (12,000' ish) if you stay climbers left near the creek there is a decent trail. Route finding was easy based on the description here. The final summit block was true class 3, but if you stick to the grassy ledges its really not too bad. The pic is showing the mountain from the Challenger summit. 
Route: Horn Creek
Posted On: 2019-08-02, By: WildWanderer
Info: Summer conditions from trailhead to summit, but beware the mosquitoes. So. Many. Mosquitoes. They were the worst from 10500' to 11500' 
Route: South Face from Horn Lake
Posted On: 2019-07-16, By: Kitten
Info: Route from Horn Lake is totally free of snow. There is a cornice all the way up in the ridge, but it is easily passable on the right (north) side. 
Route: From North Crestone Lake
Posted On: 2019-06-25, By: kingshimmers
Info: South faces in the area are clear, but lakes are still completely ice covered and shaded areas still have deep snow, indicating a rapid recent snowmelt. First photo shows the north slopes of Mt. Adams from North Crestone Lake. Second photo shows Mt. Adams behind the northwest ridge of Unnamed 13153. 
Route: West ridge via Willow Creek
Posted On: 2018-06-16, By: JasonKline
Info: Summer conditions. Ice axe and microspikes unnecessary. 
Route: NW Ridge from South Crestone Lake
Posted On: 2018-05-27, By: Tornadoman
Info: Ridge is completely dry, there were a few isolated patches on the summit pitch that could easily be avoided. Any lingering snow around South Crestone Lake could also be avoided. Full summer conditions! 
Route: West ridge via Willow Creek
Posted On: 2018-05-28, By: HikerGuy
Info: Camped at Willow Lake Friday night, no bugs to speak of, super dry up there. No snow at all on this route. Also hiked 13,546 and 13,580, again no snow at all. Excellent views from 13,546. The ridge from Adams to 13,580 looks questionable, but it goes without trouble. 1st photo is of Adams from 13,580. 2nd photo is of 13,546 from Adams. 3rd photo is of Adams from 13,546. 

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