The Mount Adams Ranger District offers many trails, which are used for activities such as hiking, biking, birding and horseback riding. Wilderness trails offer users spectacular views of Mt. Adams and its glaciers, tumbling streams, open alpine meadows, forests, and wildflowers scattered among lava flows and rimrocks.

There are several climbing routes on the mountain, ranging from the “non-technical” and popular South Climb to highly technical routes that require advance skill, experience, and special equipment. Because of the high elevation, all climbs have a measure of difficulty and danger. Mount Adams Wilderness weather can change rapidly. Sudden snowstorms can occur above 6,000 feet elevation at any month of the year. Opportunities exist for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling at snowparks including Pineside, SnowKing, and Smith Butte.

The Weldon Wagon Road (See White Salmon Oak Natural Conservation Area) located near Husum and the Buck Creek trail system located near former Northwestern Lake are use for activities such as hiking, biking, birding, and horseback riding.