Hike to Adams Glacier Meadows

Rate this Adventure Washington Killen Creek Trailhead

Added by

Winding through an subalpine forest and climbing up into an alpine meadow, this hike incredible amazing views of Mt. Adams, which towers overhead!  

For the most of the hike, the mountain is hidden behind the firs that surround the hiker as they gain elevation. Because of the dense forest the trail is remains in for most of the hike, it is nicely shaded and pleasant to wander through. At about 2 miles in, the trail leads the hiker into various meadows, where clumps of trees delineate the boundaries of each one.  Keep on going until you find a good lunch spot, perhaps in the meadow (please be kind to these alpine beauties!) or in the cooling shade of a tree.  

For the more adventurous, continue up the trail. Eventually, you will find yourself crossing paths with the PCT. You want to take the High Camp trail, which is the only trail here that goes upward– when I went, there was a sign marking the trail, positioned by a large cairn. The trail will begin to pick up elevation again, and will wind its way beneath a ridge, until meeting up with the left (easternmost) side of itself. Here the trail quickly shoots upward, carving through a boulder field until placing you on a the side of the ridge, now facing, unblocked, towards the Mt. Adams! To the north, you'll see Goat Rocks, various peaks of the Dark Divide, and on a clear day, Mt. Rainier. This is a great lunch spot, so pop a squat, break out the food and camera, and bask in the glory of this magnificent mountain towering of you!  

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Backpack 
  • Food 
  • Water
  • Jacket (it gets cold up there with a breeze!)
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • An open mind
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Share

Activities:

Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Summer

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

7.5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1800 Feet

Features:

Forest
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

Have you done this adventure? Have something to add? You could be the first to leave a review!

Added by Samuel Judge

just a kid and a camera walking places

More Adventures Nearby

Backpack to Mystic Lake

Washington / Sunrise Visitors Center

Mystic Lake is a great out-and-back overnight trip from Sunrise, or can also be accessed as part of longer loop through Grand Park.

Brian Pinkard
5 Saves

Run the Washington Park Arboretum Loop Trail

Washington / Broadmoor and Arboretum Parking Lot

The Washington Park Arboretum is the perfect place to swing through if you're looking for a short and gentle trail run without leaving the city.

Rachel Davidson
3 Saves

Photograph Ladder Creek Falls

Washington / Ladder Creek Falls Trailhead

While not a hike in of itself, this walk to Ladder Creek Falls is still very enjoyable as you bound over a large suspension bridge, wander past smaller falls and overgrown garden steps, and get an up.