10417 Pacific Highway SW, Lakewood, WA
We'll hike from Paradise to Camp Muir. Note that this is a strenuous hike, but it has one heck of a view! Our pace will be quite slow.
The group size is now 24. However, the park allows groups of only 12 people, so this is how we will do it. I (Chuck) will lead one group of 12, and Maryjane will lead the rest. The second group will leave the Paradise parking lot 15 minutes after the first, and that will satisfy the rangers.
Round trip: 10 miles
Elevation gain: 4600 feet
Max elevation: 10,000 feet!
Fees: $15 per car (park entrance fee) or $30 for annual pass
Map and trail description: http://www.nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/upload/camp-muir-route-with-get-your-bearings-map-oct11.pdf
Chuck's car: Grey Land Rover LR4 (an SUV)
Update: As of 8/5, there is still some snow to deal with, but it does not appear to be all that bad. You do not need to bring snowshoes, but trekking poles are highly recommended. I doubt that you will need crampons, but some microspikes or YakTraks will be useful.
Disclaimer: Trailside is not a professional guide service. Our leaders function, as facilitators only, to enhance your outdoor experience. Reports of trail and weather conditions are based on best available information, are subject to change, and are no guarantee of fitness for any particular purpose. You may join us on this hike at your own risk. Keep in mind that hiking involves risks and weather changes quickly in the mountains. You are responsible for your own safety and the more prepared you are, the better the chance you will remain safe.
Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.