Mountains like Mt Adams have numerous access trails into the wilderness that create a kind of spoke system, connecting to a trail up high that loops around much of the mountain. So you choose your destination and then the nearest spoke trail. That gets you somewhere quickly but you don't get as much of a feel for the mountain.

On this trip I decided to go in on the south side, at the South Climb trailhead, and hike around to Killen Creek on the north side, 17 miles away. That's a long day for me, but it was a fairly flat trail. It also means you hike connecting segments between the spokes that you otherwise wouldn't get to.

My first discovery then was of this nice waterfall, about a half mile south of the junction with the Shorthorn Trail.

It had this interestingly striated moss next to it

A few asters were all the flowers left by mid-September

The creek through Horseshoe Meadow was unusually milky

Many people have commented that wasps have been particularly bad this year. This sign was laying on the trail, with a paired one a little ways up on the other side

Here is the basketball-sized nest not 5 feet from the trail. I was uninjured by the passage

Riley Creek is one of my favorite break locations. This is a few tens of yards above the trail, accessed from a camping spot

The West Fork of Adams Creek is the hardest crossing on the western half of Mt Adams. Few people got by with dry feet

At Killen Creek there is a campsite at the base of this waterfall, and I got it!

A nice sunset

Separate from the storyline above, below I post a group of photos of the mountain that I took during the hike, ranging from morning on the south side, flowing to sunset on the north side.

I was hiking cross-purpose to the sun on the way back the next day, and as a result, my photo-taking focused on something very different