Climb to the top of the second highest peak in Washington State without setting foot on a glacier? Yes indeed. Welcome to the south spur of Mount Adams. Thanks to its location (in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest) on the eastern edge of the Cascades and a nice broad southern slope, Mount Adams delivers an almost impossible-to-believe scenario in the mighty Northwest: a summit at 12,276' that requires no ropes or harnesses to ascend. This very popular route can be done in either one long day or two shorter days.