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bgombasy
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Adams Road Conditions?
« on: 04/11/17, 08:33 AM »

Hoping to go to Adams and ski SW Chutes somewhere between the 18-25 depending on weather.  Anyone know how much road I am going to be skinning?
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Re: Adams Road Conditions?
« Reply #1 on: 04/11/17, 10:18 PM »

I would guess you are going to do 5-6+ miles of road skinning to cold springs, one way. May 18-25 would be a better period. There's a spot above the wicky shelter that holds snow until at least May, but most of the road through the burn might be melted out. I have had success using a bike when roads are blocked by drifts but not skinnable.

I havent been up the 8040 recently, but i have been working in the Cispus/Goat Rocks area and most roads are blocked by snow above 2.5 - 3k. Last week I found consistently deep snow above 2800 ft outside of trout lake.

The most direct route might be gotchen to west side aiken to RTM.

If you choose to go, be careful. Help is going to be a long time coming.
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Re: Adams Road Conditions?
« Reply #2 on: 04/12/17, 01:11 PM »

Thanks for the info.  I figured this would be a long shot.  Might be a little ambitious at the moment.  After moving to Spokane, I am always a little on the eager side to get back to the Cascades and volcanoes come spring time.
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Re: Adams Road Conditions?
« Reply #3 on: 04/17/17, 07:46 PM »

Your question got me thinking about conditions in the alpine, so I went up last Friday and Sunday to take a look around.

The 80 road (to cold springs) is blocked. The screwball that lives at the bottom of the road has parked his giant military flat bed on the snow berm, effectively blocking the road to all vehicles.

The 23 road is blocked by snow at approximately 2400 feet.

The 82 road is plowed (!!!) to the junction with the 737 road (4000 ft). There is about 4-5 feet of snow at 4k. Skinned up to about 8k. Had the place all to myself until a bunch of snowmobiling dipshits showed up on Sunday afternoon to cruise around the wilderness and on to the Yakima reservation.

RANT: I am getting so sick of that shit. They have hundreds of square miles to cruise, yet they head to the closed areas to recreate. Plus, they didn't stop once to assess any slope and weren't carrying any avy gear. The assholes were highmarking on a slope that would have drained directly onto me, had it slid. If the rangers don't get em, a slab will... END RANT

Snow is deeeeeep. Most ridges are still completely covered. Chutes looked nice, mazama looked great, most cornices that I could see had already collapsed. Get after it.

Also, please photograph and report any jackasses entering the wilderness on a sled. We gotta END this shit.
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Re: Adams Road Conditions?
« Reply #4 on: 05/03/17, 03:26 PM »

Your question got me thinking about conditions in the alpine, so I went up last Friday and Sunday to take a look around.

The 80 road (to cold springs) is blocked. The screwball that lives at the bottom of the road has parked his giant military flat bed on the snow berm, effectively blocking the road to all vehicles.

The 23 road is blocked by snow at approximately 2400 feet.

The 82 road is plowed (!!!) to the junction with the 737 road (4000 ft). There is about 4-5 feet of snow at 4k. Skinned up to about 8k. Had the place all to myself until a bunch of snowmobiling dipshits showed up on Sunday afternoon to cruise around the wilderness and on to the Yakima reservation.

RANT: I am getting so sick of that shit. They have hundreds of square miles to cruise, yet they head to the closed areas to recreate. Plus, they didn't stop once to assess any slope and weren't carrying any avy gear. The assholes were highmarking on a slope that would have drained directly onto me, had it slid. If the rangers don't get em, a slab will... END RANT

Snow is deeeeeep. Most ridges are still completely covered. Chutes looked nice, mazama looked great, most cornices that I could see had already collapsed. Get after it.

Also, please photograph and report any jackasses entering the wilderness on a sled. We gotta END this shit.


Good to know, thanks for the report.  Yeah, the sleds in the wilderness piss me off too, not sure what the solution is.   
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Re: Adams Road Conditions?
« Reply #5 on: 05/06/17, 06:22 AM »

Any updates?
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river59
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Re: Adams Road Conditions?
« Reply #6 on: 05/15/17, 09:06 PM »

Any updates?

As of 5/14, it was possible to drive the 8040 to about 2 miles short of the Morrison creek cg (about 4k). 0.
2 mile walk up the road to continuous snow, with one short carry about 1 mile below the MCCG. One large blowdown at that location will require a chainsaw to clear the road.

The 23 road is blocked by snow at approximately 3200 ft.

Had the place all to myself last weekend, except for one skier on a sled. Get it!
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Re: Adams Road Conditions?
« Reply #7 on: 05/25/17, 10:17 AM »

While we wait for the NF to update their road status on the climbing page... any of you fine folks been up there the last few days?  If snow/blowdowns or major crowding this holiday weekend causes problems on 8040, think access via the aiken lava bed or the road up towards bird/bluff lakes is reasonable?
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« Reply #8 on: 05/26/17, 10:27 AM »

You shouldn't have any problems going up the 8040. Was up a few times last week and the access was good. Creeping ever closer to Morrison creek. Just take the shorthorn out of MCCG and avoid the slog and crowds going to cold springs. You should be able to skin from MC or slightly lower...

Haven't been over to the aiken in about a month or so, but I would guess it is fairly melted out below 5kish. If you don't mind schwacking, you could have that side all to yourself.
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Re: Adams Road Conditions?
« Reply #9 on: 05/26/17, 11:27 AM »

Rock!  Thanks for the update!  Any way, its going to be a great weekend.  Spring volcano season rocks.
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Re: Adams Road Conditions?
« Reply #10 on: 05/26/17, 12:48 PM »

Is Cold Springs CG accessible now?
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Re: Adams Road Conditions?
« Reply #11 on: 05/30/17, 07:30 AM »

This weekend the road was driveable to about the 4500 foot level.  However, the bottom 500-700 vertical feet of the snow blocked road is real thin, it won't stick around long.  Theres 1 medium tree that needed chopping but I think the road will be driveable to near cold springs soon, although there was pretty deep snow still at the and near CS itself.
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Re: Adams Road Conditions?
« Reply #12 on: 06/01/17, 09:46 AM »

Thanks Thunderchief - it's nice to get some detailed info!
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Re: Adams Road Conditions?
« Reply #13 on: 06/06/17, 03:36 PM »

15 minute walk to trailhead yesterday. Melting fast. Soon it'll be a 5 minute walk. Then 0 minute walk.
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Re: Adams Road Conditions?
« Reply #14 on: 06/14/17, 02:06 PM »

Now driveable to the Cold Springs Campground as of yesterday. Much of the campground is still snow covered, but some sites are melted out. Patchy snow at the trailhead. About 15 minutes of walking before skins were put on on 6/12.
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Re: Adams Road Conditions?
« Reply #15 on: 06/19/17, 05:12 PM »

Anybody know what the deal is with N side access on Adams?
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Re: Adams Road Conditions?
« Reply #16 on: 06/20/17, 06:00 PM »

I tried to hit the North side last weekend from trout lake, but ran into deep snow a few miles shy of takhlakh lake. I made it up to near keene's horse camp via the 21 a few weeks ago via the 21 out of packwood, before I hit deep snow. Wasn't able to drive all the way to Killen at the time. Should be good to go via that route now.

Trail #64 off of 23 might be your best bet if you are approaching from the south. Coverage is good. Didn't hit skinnable snow until 5.2k.
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Re: Adams Road Conditions?
« Reply #17 on: 06/21/17, 07:38 AM »

Thanks, sounds like good access.
No major washouts?
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Re: Adams Road Conditions?
« Reply #18 on: 06/22/17, 08:54 AM »

No washouts on the 23. If approaching from the south, just take the 23 to the 2329 (which is currently blocked by snow near Takhlakh).

The major washouts are along the Cispus River and at East Canyon Creek. 

To access the N side of adams from the North, take 21 out of Packwood, turn left on 2160, turn right on 56, then turn left on 2329. This route is open to Keene's at least, and likely to Killen by now.
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Re: Adams Road Conditions?
« Reply #19 on: 06/27/17, 03:16 PM »

The north side route out of Packwood is open to Killen, can't quite access the divide camp trail or takhlakh. The 2329 is still blocked by snow near Adams fork.
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