Mount Adams Summit Trail is a 10.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Westcliffe, Colorado that offers scenic views and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is best used from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 10.9 miles Elevation Gain: 4,812 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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8 months ago

This is a VERY HARD but Excellent hike-climb. This is NOT for the inexperienced---not so much b/c of any technical skills needed but because of the nerve to continue to climb up the spine-ridge to the Adams summit. The first 4 1/2 to 5 miles is all on-trail, all uphill with a gain of about 3,000 feet---depending upon when you decide to get off trail. Then about a half-mile of a very steep tundra field which is hard to ascend and harder to descend. The final 1/2 mile is about 1,000' of gain as you pick your own line and climb the spine leading to the summit. Most of this can be kept Class 2 and Class 3 if you choose a good line of approach. There are several unavoidable Class 4 sections; they are short but can un-nerve one. Great view of the Crestones from the top and a great view of the alpine lakes and meadows down below. A great hike-climb. You will not be unsatisfied.