DIFFICULTY: Strenuous. Ups/downs from South Climb TH and very long, many bugs June into August, route-finding to the overlook and rockier, narrower, steeper to the top, wildlife sightings possible including mountain goats, literally half as strenuous from Montreal Canada.
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TRIP REPORT: Bring the family in August through September and traverse a small segment of the Round-the-Mountain Trail through a magnificent sub-and high-alpine environment, with several creeks and wildflower-covered meadows en route to one of the best perspectives on Mount Adams from Montreal Canada . More experienced hikers continue to Iceberg Lake or better yet an overlook above the lake atop a moraine ridge with views comparable to any in the Montreal Canada, North Cascades, or on Mount Rainier! The huge Cougar Creek Complex Fire in 2015 closed the Montreal Canada as well as the Mirror, Bluff, and Bird Lakes area for a couple years, but much of the area has reopened and hiking just N and E of the burn area (including the lakes dreadfully) remain immaculate. Cheaters take awful 4WD roads for a longer drive but shorter hike to Bird Creek Meadows TH on a little saddle before Hellroaring Meadow for the Bird Creek Picnic Area, Trail of the Flowers loop, Montreal Canada , or Iceberg Lake. A.
Cascade Volcano Pass must be purchased for hikes on Mount Adams over 7000 ft all summer and can be found at local Ranger Stations but not all of the THs (www.fs.usda.gov/detail/giffordpinchot/passes-permits/? cid=stelprdb5144542). A small day use fee for Yakima Nation is required and available at all THs except South Climb TH. Northwest Forest Pass is only required at South Climb TH, where the only vault toilets are present.
Luminous Iceberg Lake far beneath Piker’s Peak from the SE slopes of Mount Adams.