Photo Finish: Mount Adams!

The second-highest mountain in Washington State is, of course, another volcano: Mount Adams!

Known as the ‘brother’ to the more famous (and active) Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams soars upwards to 12,821 feet (3,743 meters). Mount Adams is shorter than Mount Rainier, but actually contains more volume than Rainier. Mount Adams’ early eruptive history begins over 900,000 years ago, and it hasn’t erupted for about 1,000 years.

Still considered to be active (the Glogal Volcanism Program defines ‘active volcano’ as a volcano that has erupted within the past 10,000 years. The current risk of Adams erupting is currently small; heck, Adams’ recent history over the past 10,000 year have been relative small.

Adams is often mistaken by airline passengers for Mount Rainier due to its flat-topped appearance. Adams, however, is far more flat-topped than Rainier. Rainier has three peaks surrounding its summit crater; Adams’ summit crater is covered by flat, rounded glaciers.

Mount Adams is more remote than Mount Rainier or Mount St. Helens, allowing one to experience a much quieter wilderness adventure if one is adventurous enough to get out that way!

Seen 33 miles from Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams, is one of the oldest of the Cascade volcanoes. Washington State. (15 June 2019; Nathanael Miller)
Looking down on Mount Adams. Twice in its long history this volcano was pretty much eroded to nothing by glaciers, only to rebuild itself. Washington State. (15 June 2019; Nathanael Miller)
Mount Rainier (left), Mount St. Helens (center left), and Mount Adams. Three of the five Cascade volcanoes in Washington State. This image provides an idea just how close together these voclanos actually are. Washington State. (9 July 2019; Nathanael Miller)
Adams Glacier, the second-longest glacier in the contiguous United States, dominates the northwest face of Mount Adams. Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington. (02 Sept. 2019; Nathanael Miller)
Mount Adams seen from Takhlakh Lake. Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington. (02 Sept. 2019; Nathanael Miller)

Next up: Mount Baker and Glacier Peak!

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