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Mt. Adams SW Chutes

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 4.7 (3) SKI LINE

A great, sustained, steep descent for nearly 4000 ft.


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5.7

Miles

9.1

KM

Ski Line

11,560' 3,523 m

High

5,561' 1,695 m

Low

181' 55 m

Up

6,180' 1,884 m

Down

21%

Avg Slope (12°)

104%

Max Slope (46°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry
A Cascade Volcano Pass is needed from May 1 to September 30.

Need to Know

The Volcano Pass works as the parking permit for the Cold Springs Trailhead.

Description

Drop in from the south aspect of Pikers Peak. There are a few different rock bands that run downhill that you can choose to descend between. The pitch is around 45 degrees most of the way down, so a self arrest tool advised.

Be careful not to descend too far and end up well below the return trail and the main trailhead. You could potentially end up down in Morrison Campground instead of back at Cold Springs. Traverse hard skiers left once you exit the chutes; depending on the snowpack, boot packing sections may be mandatory.

Contacts

Land Manager: USFS - Gifford Pinchot

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Ryan O

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  4.7 from 3 votes

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  4.7 from 3 votes
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Halfway down the Chutes, view to the west of St. Helens.
Jun 17, 2018 near White S…, WA
View of the SW Chutes from below
Jun 17, 2018 near White S…, WA
View from the top of the SW Chutes, looking down the line
Jun 17, 2018 near White S…, WA

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Jul 19, 2020
Kevin Huang
SW Chutes skied well. But getting back to main trail the bottom was a chore.