The Abandoned Adams Slide Trail

 
Buttress Trail talus field.  the Buttress trail turns and heads across this field.  If you don't turn and head across and decided to go up into the woods you will find...
This, the start of the Abandoned Adams Slide Trail
Old faded pieces of paint on a rock blazing the way
Adams Slide Trail.  It's overgrown but can be followed with care.
Adams Slide Trail, heads over small boulders in the woods.
Adams Slide Trail,  It's very steep but all enclosed so it's not intimidating.
Adams Slide Trail.  this section was fairly open and easy to follow
Adams Slide Trail
Adams Slide Trail.  Looking down the trail it's steep and narrow
Adams Slide Trail.  As you can see moss has overtaken the rocks.  Dirt and debris has covered most of the slide which is buried beneath feet of this stuff.
Adams Slide Trail.  Gets a little 'scratchy' notice the top of the rocks that is the slide
Blaze to the right.  There are more blazes found here than any other trail in the wilderness area!
 Blaze and the slide.  More of the slide is above the dirt and debris through this section
 Cross Blaze.  I always like this blaze.  It must be close to 75 to 100 years old
 Adams Slide Trail.  Slide visible in this pic.
 Adams Slide Trail
 Adams Slide Trail
 Adams Slide Trail
 Adams Slide Trail.  Looking down it, it gets a little tougher to follow at times
 Adams Slide Trail.  This section of fifty feet or so had some trickling water on it.  I stayed to the right into the thick woods to not damage it.
 Another blaze, an arrow blaze. Interesting
 Adams Slide Trail.  Notice the faint paint on the rock.
 Faded blaze
Trail gets 'scratchy'  to extremely thick right before the alpine zone
 Adams Slide Trail
 Adams Slide Trail, still steep, not as defined
 Last section before you pop up in the middle of nowhere
 Looking down at where you pop out.  The Trail comes up from the middle - bottom of this photo
 Knee of Mount Jefferson
 Ladder section of the Six Husband Trail is through the rocks in this pic
 Jefferson Ravine and Mount Jefferson
 Adams Slide Trail.  The trail once breaking into the scrub heads right then turns left up this rock were you are then greeted with...
 the following!  Notice the faint gaps between the branches, that's the trail.
 A very old blaze can be found if you push the branches back when you stumbled over a rock you can't see while heading through the thick scrub.
 Jefferson Ravine
 Adams Slide Trail, again, notice the faint gaps between scrub.  that's the trail
 Great Gulf.  This was a decent sized cairn three years ago, topped with white quartz. now it's been whipped out by weather or a ranger
 Blaze under the scrub
Adams Slide Trail  heads up to the left of the rock on the top right.  Another blaze used to be where those small rocks are on the rock ledge,
 Adams Slide Trail, one of the few white quartz cains left. 
 Adams Slide Trail
 Adams Slide Trail heads up the boulder field on the eastern shoulder of Mont Adams
 Adams Slide Trail, notice the small white quartz rock.  Once again the cairns are smaller than before either from being whipped out from snow or a ranger
 Adams Slide Trail cairn
 Adams Slide Trail
 Adams Slide Trail
 The Great Gulf as seen from the Adams Slide Trail
 Adams Slide Trail cairn
 Mount Jefferson
 Jefferson ravine
 Adams Slide Trail cairn
 Adams Slide Trail, last blaze I saw, notice the red paint on the rock.  Pretty cool stuff!
 Adams Slide Trail
 Adams Slide Trail.  Once again these cairns where at least a foot high to two feet three years ago
 Adams Slide Trail
 Adams Slide Trail
 Wildcat Ridge off in the distance
 Heading up to the summit
 High above treeline
Approaching the Star Lake Trail
 Adams Slide Trail
 On the Star Lake Trail, looking down where I just came up
 Star Lake Trail
 Where the Adams Slide Trail goes, there is a small cairn in the pic  which is was taken from the Star Lake Trail.  This is the first cairn for the Adams Slide Trail.  It usually is not there for obvious reasons. To keep people from exploring.  Probably will be taken down by a ranger soon
Adams Slide Trail route (estimate), notice the talus field at the bottom right, that is wear the Buttress Trail takes a right and heads across

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Chris for posting this. What a super-terrific job of chronicling the trek up the abandoned Adams Slide Trail. I truly admire the types of hikes you do, and the way you report them.

    John

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