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Description - Bounded on the east by the Yakima Indian Reservation and along the west slope of Mt. Adams lies the 47,280-acre Mt. Adams Wilderness. The 12,326-foot high Mt. Adams is the second highest peak in the Northwest after Mt. Rainier. Mt. Adams Wilderness trails offer the hiker spectacular views of Mt. Adams and its glaciers, tumbling streams, open alpine forests and wildflowers scattered among lava flows and rimrocks. Since the eruption of Mount St. Helens, Mt Adams has become a popular attraction for mountain climbers.

Visitors can find active glaciers methodically carving away the mountain, and the dramatic trace of avalanches that substantially altered the landscape. Even the volcanic activity in the area is fairly recent: some occurred a mere 3,500 years ago-bare moments on the scale of geologic time.

Attractions - The Mount Adams Wilderness offers hikers spectacular views of Mt. Adams and its glaciers, tumbling streams, open alpine forests and wildflowers scattered among lava flows and rimrocks.

Recreation - Activities include hiking, backpacking, camping, and horseback riding. Campgrounds in the wilderness include the Morrison Creek Campground and Cold Springs Campground.

Climate - Climate on the Gifford Pinchot changes drastically with elevation. The area receives a high amount of precipitation. Much of the precipitation comes from October to April in the form of rain at the low elevations and as wet heavy snow in the higher elevations. Deep winter snowpacks accumulate in the high elevations.

Although snow is possible in the lowest elevations, it is infrequent. Late spring, summer and early autumn tend to bring clear, sunny days with moderate temperatures.

Location - Along the west slope of Mt. Adams and bounded on the east by the Yakima Indian Reservation lies the Mt. Adams Wilderness. Forest Routes that access the wilderness include 8040, 500, 120, 23, and 2329.

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Contact Information:
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, 10600 NE 51st Circle, P.O. Box 8944 , Vancouver, WA, 98682, Phone: 360-891-5000, Fax: 360-891-5045, TTY: 360-891-5003

Additional Information:
Gifford Pinchot National Forest - The Gifford Pinchot National Forest is located in southwest Washington State. It lies between Mount Rainier National Park and the Columbia River Gorge, and includes the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.
Mt. Adams Ranger District - The Mount Adams Ranger District covers the southern portion of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and offers hiking, biking, backpacking, camping, horseback riding, fishing, and cross-country skiing, snow shoeing and snowmobiling in the winter.


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