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Camp Muir on Mt. Rainier

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An extreme dayhike to Muir, the primary base camp for summit expeditions.
Near:Ashford, WA
Distance:9.3 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:4836 ft
Hike Time:6.5 hours
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: This will be a climb you will not forget for many years, and to begin sounds to easy. Start at the trailhead near the lodge and make your way on the easy paved Skyline trail heading for Panorama Point. Just before you reach that you will pass Glacier Vista, a place to get some very nice views to the south. keep going past Panoram Point after you fuel up on a snack and you will notice the crowd has dwindled as day hikers usually turn back here. Once you reach McClure Rock, take a look up the hill at the path other hikers have taken and use it to keep you on course. The snowfield is wide and open giving awesome views on a clear day. It comes in handy if you have some type of altimiter to gauge your progress, but it is not a requirement. Depending on the conditions you can make this hike with just hiking boots, but your should consider crampons, ice axe and plenty of food and clothes as the weather has a way of changing without notice. Be safe! and enjoy.
Trailhead: Directions: Take I-5 to SR 512 (exit 127), then East on SR 512 to SR 7.
South on SR 7 to SR 706 in Elbe. Continue East on SR 706 through Ashford to the Nisqually Entrance of MT. Rainier Nat'l Park, continue to Longmire and then Paradise. Call ahead for status on road closure from Longmire to Paradise, as they close it daily in winter. Once you reach Paradise, park in the immense lot and try to remember where your car will be when you return. The trailhead is located to the left of the ranger station just past the lodge. (Lat:46.83549 Lon:-121.73275)

Trail Guides for Camp Muir on Mt. Rainier:
Day Hike Mt. Rainier
by Ron C. Judd (Sasquatch Books)

50 Hikes in Mt. Rainier National Park
by Ira Spring & Harvey Manning (The Mountaineers)

Best Seasons: Spring, Summer, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Mt Rainier Nat'l Park, Paradise Ranger Station, 360 569-2211 ext. 2314
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Drew Furnia, who has posted  23 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
Trail Reviews  Page 1 of 4   Submit your own review
Reviewed by WBR on 10/8/2014
My dreams all about Mt.Rainier and Lake Kapowsin. But, I need learns all about Camp Miur, for my future goal on Camp Muir and need to see a great views! I am deaf and over 55 yrs old.

Reviewed by DINKSplusDog on 9/16/2014
We did the hike in early September. Tips and pics on the blog.

Reviewed by LT on 9/16/2011
3 hours up, 1:45 down. If you're into speed hiking, this is great. Travel very light. Do only on clear, warm day. Use sunscreen.

Reviewed by Mark C on 10/11/2010
Solo climb and I got an early start at 7:30 am. It was cloudy and a bit windy but the trail was clear of snow up to Pebble Creek. Just past Pebble I put on crampons and had snow all the rest of the way on the Muir snowfield. The sun came out as I passed the cloud layer. The views of Adams and St Helens were excellent. The lack of people or steps in the pitch made a more difficult climb but before long the buildings of Muir came into view. I only say one crevasse on the Muir snowfield and it was easy to cross. Quick sandwich and turn to head back down to beat the coming clouds. I saw lots of wildlife this time with 3 deer, a black fox and lots of marmots, chipmunks and crows. Three and a half hours up and 2 hours down with glissading.

Reviewed by cq on 8/15/2010
This was the most fun hike I have ever gone on! The best part was glissading down from Muir to the bottom of the snowfield in 1 hour and we got lucky to have a perfectly clear Northwest day. We could see Adams,hood, helens and all of the other peaks. We finished the whole hike in 7.5 hrs. Some tips: take a trash bag for glissading, start extra early and stay hydrated and dont forget your rest steps.

Reviewed by GSP on 8/3/2010
Almost snow free till Pebble creek. Snowfield still has lot of snow - no poking rocks. There is a warning sign to lookout for crevasses on the snowfield, but didn't notice any. No fresh snow and bright sunny days have made the snowfield into icy/slushy compound. Crampons and hiking poles will help. Excellent glissade chutes.

Reviewed by Sidharth on 7/20/2010
Great great hike to do in summer. Quite strenuous, but nowhere near impossible. Just go prepared with a lot of food, water and then some more water. trekking poles are a great help but not a necessity. Be prepared to go a little slow and steady rather than scramble up. The snowfield part of the hike gets a little tiring but the views from Muir are much more than worth it. And the descent is awesome with all the sliding and running through the snow (try to take a trash bag or some plastic sheets so that your pants dont get wet while sliding). Highly recommend this hike to anyone who's in decent shape and doesn't mind putting in some effort for a reward!

Reviewed by EDB on 7/18/2010
Awesome hike with great conditions. Blue sky and 50-60 degrees! Performed hike in crappy hiking boots, backpack, and a pair of shorts. My buddy had on some board shorts and desert boots! Semper Fi

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