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Mt. Adams SW Chutes

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 4.7 (6) 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.

Lou Dawson gave this route a difficulty rating of D6 ( loudawson.com/rating-ski-de…).

Contacts

Land Manager: USFS - Gifford Pinchot

Shared By:

Ryan O with improvements by Jacob Winey

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  4.7 from 6 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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May 31, 2021
Jeff B
Hiked a mile on the road until Cold Springs campground. Put on skins approx.5 miles up from there. The chutes were filled in with corn. — 12h 04m
May 19, 2021
Stephen Shostek
Sunday, May 16, 2021 – Freezing level 12k', skies clear, wind 5mph NW. Started descent at 3pm, corn snow and good conditions. traverse 7160'. — 11h 00m
Jul 19, 2020
Kevin Huang
SW Chutes skied well. But getting back to main trail the bottom was a chore.