Login with Facebook
Mount Adams
Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Adams Glacier 
Mazama Glacier Headwall 
mount adams circumnavigation T 
North Ridge 
South Spur T 
Unsorted Routes:

South Spur 

Easy Snow

Type:  Trad, Snow, Alpine
FA: Unknown. 1860s likely.
Page Views: 2,838
Submitted By: Blitzo on Nov 4, 2006

You & This Route  |  Other Opinions (30)
Your todo list:
Your stars:
Your rating: -none- [change]
Your ticklist: [add new tick]
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]
The shallow traverse from the false summit to the ...


This is the easiest route on the mountain. It follows gentle snow/pumice slopes.
From timberline on road N81, follow an old road into a basin which becomes a trail on the left skyline ridge.
Follow this ridge to a flat area known as the "Lunch Counter". Climb up slopes due north to the false summit(11,700'). Cross the divide to the true summit.


From Trout Lake, take Forestry road N81 to Timberline Campground.


Ice axe, crampons optional.

Photos of South Spur Slideshow Add Photo
This "W"-shaped bowl serves as a nice la...
This "W"-shaped bowl serves as a nice la...
Wife Amandas feet.
Wife Amandas feet.
Looking down at the snow that continues to the tra...
Looking down at the snow that continues to the tra...
October conditions...ugh.  Pretty hard on the knee...
October conditions...ugh. Pretty hard on the knee...
Makes for a nice glissade.
Makes for a nice glissade.
South Spur of Mount Adams
South Spur of Mount Adams

Comments on South Spur Add Comment
Show which comments
By Andrew Gram
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Jan 17, 2007

This is a terrific ski descent for those so inclined. The snow is often not great from the summit to the false summit, but from the false summit you can get thousands of feet of great moderate corn skiing. Someone determined could probably skin the whole thing, bt i switched to crampons a few hundred feet below the false summit.
By BenCooper
Apr 16, 2007

Definitely climb this route before the end of June. I've done it late season as well when all the snow has melted off, and it's hell on the knees. Mid-June seems to be pretty good for road access and for spring snow conditions. But it all depends on the winter snowfall.
By Blitzo
Aug 25, 2010

An easy hike and a quick, fun glissade down.
By truello
From: Seattle, WA
Feb 7, 2011

Has anyone done this route in early spring? I'd like to try it at the end of March but am not quite sure what to expect in terms of road closures (to cold springs), ice, snowpack, glissading, etc...

[edit] Talked to a ranger in Feb, said there's ~4 feet of snow on the road in.
By Mike Zasadzien
Sep 3, 2013

For an added challenge, Start at the Snipes Mountain Trailhead. Considered the extended-winter route, since it adds an extra 5 miles round-trip and an extra couple 1000'. It was the only option in early May this year[2013] due to wildfires last fall. Lunch counter was empty for camping mid-May, but the forecast was supposed to be much worse than it was, and we saw 15F windchill there... Bring a stove for everybody, as melting snow took us 2 hours for about 8L using only two stoves.
Beyond the Guidebook:
The Definitive Climbing Resource
Inspiration & Motivation
to Fuel Your Run
Next Generation Mountain
Bike Trail Maps
Backcountry, Sidecountry
and Secret Stashes
Better Data. Better Tools.
Better Hikes!