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Camp Muir {day hike}

RSVPs open on July 17th.

I have not been to Camp Muir yet, and I can hardly wait! This picture was taken at Camp Muir looking towards Paradise. As you can see, the view is spectacular.

Note that this hike is STRENUOUS. The pace will be slow, but you still should be in fairly good condition.

Be sure to bring sunscreen, and be sure to apply it *everywhere* that is exposed. The sun reflects off the snow, and can burn you in unexpected places, such as under a wide-brimmed hat. I speak from painful experience. :(

From WTA:
The route to Camp Muir gives hearty hikers a small taste of what alpine climbers experience. The trail stretches high up the flank of Rainier, toward the upper mountain where alpine climbers play. This route isn't for everyone since it does entail substantial snow travel and may require good routefinding skills. But on a clear summer day, hikers in excellent physical condition might consider this most strenuous trek into the world of rock and ice.

Pick a path and head north from the parking lot. It doesn't matter which route you take--keep moving upward, and all trails eventually merge. At 1.5 miles, you pass the viewpoint at Glacier Vista, and 0.3 mile beyond that, you come to a trail fork. To the right is the Panorama Point Trail. Go left to continue your steep climb. In about 0.25 mile, the trail moderates a bit as it moves up through the rocky slopes above Panorama Point.

At 2.5 miles, the trail crosses a shallow ford of Pebble Creek and then fades away. From this point forward, the trail is merely a boot track through the snows of the Muir Snowfield. For 2.5 miles, you climb along the face of the snowfield, reaching the rocky spine that houses Camp Muir at 10,000 feet. A couple of rock shelters reside here--one is used as a communal bunkhouse, the other is assigned to the licensed climbing guide service.

Turn around here (if not before), making sure you have plenty of time and energy in reserve for the return trek. Use caution descending the snowfield.

Details:
Mileage (round trip): 10 miles
Elevation Gain: 4600 ft
Maximum Elevation: 10,000
Difficulty: Strenuous (5/5)
Pass: Mt. Rainier Park entrance fee ($15 per car)
Trailhead coordinates: [masked], [masked]
Links: WTA

Chuck's cell:[masked] Chuck's car: Black Chevy Volt

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  • Lucia C C.

    Awesome! It met all my expectations and more!

    1 · August 16, 2014

  • Barbara H

    just checking: Munsey group: are there 6 of you coming?

    August 15, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      10 min out

      August 16, 2014

    • Chuck M.

      Thx for letting me know. Will wait.

      August 16, 2014

  • Michael M.

    Running late. Will be at parking at 5:20. OK to leave without us.

    August 16, 2014

  • Christen

    Long story but not going to make it.

    August 15, 2014

    • Chuck M.

      Sorry you can't make it. :(

      August 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    First hike with the group...coming from Olympia, but plan on meeting at 512. I have room for several passengers, if needed.

    1 · August 11, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Doug, yep no problem. Meet at 512 or are you also in the Oly area?

      August 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you Brian! I can meet you at 512. I live in Tacoma.

      August 12, 2014

  • Barbara H

    Chuck (or others): I haven't hiked with this group before. I have several questions. What pace is "slow". I 'm used to fast paced (Mt Si in under 2 hrs, for example) . Every group has different definitions of speed, how hard the hike is, etc. any idea on when we'd get back to the cars/ trailhead? I've never been to Camp Muir. But wta.org report from a week ago, says there's still snow on the snowfields, as in "bring microspikes and hiking poles. right? with this size group, we'd divide into 2 subgroups. Right? trail report from a week ago:
    http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/trip-reports/trip_report.2014-08-03.1400487784

    August 10, 2014

    • L Lisa L.

      Here's a great gear list (it's more than an average day hike) and route info for those not familiar

      http://www.mountraini...­

      August 12, 2014

    • Paul

      Also useful on that sheet are the compass bearings to navigate by if that was needed.

      1 · August 12, 2014

  • Barbara H

    1) Mt Ranier takes a different trail/ parking pass than the discover pass or the orange one (nw forest pass i think). do we have enough passes for cars, for those who are meeting at the carpool place in Lakewood? I don't have one. 2) I would love to be in the faster paced group 3) I'm coming from Renton, and could "pre-carpool" to the Lakewood carpool place, but I almost always prefer to not go out, afterwards, for food (kid at home, still).....4) If anyone has those little radio things, we used those on Ranier, for a bigger hiking group, to keep our 3 sub-groups sort of communicating, together (just an idea).

    August 12, 2014

    • Chuck M.

      1) different pass for Mt. Rainier. I noted that in the hike description.
      2) People self-select themselves for the faster or slower group. It's nothing formal; it just happens.
      3) Pity. I'm coming from Bellevue, and could "pre-carpool",­ but I almost always stop for food afterwards at the Copper Creek Inn (their blackberry pie is to die for!).
      4) Can't help you with radios.

      August 12, 2014

  • Christen

    Anyone interested in saving some money and carpooling from the Kent area?

    August 4, 2014

    • Donnie

      Good evening Lucia I'm sorry to say that i just found out that i have to work on saturday I'm the crew chief on my bosses race team and we are racing in shelton Friday and saturday Sorry I'm really bummed out about this I was really looking forward to doing this hike with you gays . If you would like to go on another some day please let me know Sorry again Donnie P.S. come watch if you are in the area on friday

      August 11, 2014

    • Lucia C C.

      Hi Donnie, No worries, see you in next hike!

      August 11, 2014

  • Donnie

    Sorry to say but I have to work on saturday the boss is racing and I'm the crew chief sorry again and have fun

    August 11, 2014

    • Lucia C C.

      Hey Donnie, no worries. We will take pics! See you in next hike!

      August 11, 2014

  • Sam R.

    Coming from Bremerton I will meet at the trailhead.

    August 11, 2014

  • Donnie

    I will be driving a black Honda CRVI in will be parking in the lower lot

    August 10, 2014

  • Lisa

    Sorry to miss it. My darling daughter wants me to spend some quality times with her.

    August 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    been there a couple of times. awesome day hike. great camping spot to. was planning on going the weekend before the specified date. guess ill go twice. anyone want to meet up for this weekend, you are more than welcome.

    1 · August 3, 2014

  • Sam R.

    Looking forward to it! I like to do a lot of hiking. Anyone interested in a trip to Muir a little sooner than this? If weather holds out this weekend I may go on Sunday.

    July 28, 2014

    • Chuck M.

      I'd love to go, but I'm going to the Enchantments on Monday, not to mention Spray Park on Saturday. If you go to Camp Muir on Sunday, have fun! The view is incredible!

      July 28, 2014

  • L Lisa L.

    Wish I could go on this one, but I'm leading a three day backpacking/meteor shower watching at the top of the pass.

    Too many trips, too few weekends!

    I saw that a few folks asked about ice axes and traction devices.

    As Chuck mentioned, Ice axes aren't needed and as a general rule, traction devices aren't either.

    With that said, a pair of Yak Trax can make your trip down a lot less slippery/slidey/land on your butt when you don't mean to.

    1 · July 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Did you need any kind of traction devices and ice ax to go to Muir? Thank you.

    July 21, 2014

    • Chuck M.

      That said, I recommend that you bring trekking poles (the snow can get slippery in the afternoon). It couldn't hurt to bring microspikes since they are light, although I doubt that you'll need them. Some waterproof pants can be useful for glissading!

      July 21, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you Chuck. I saw that trip report too. I do have good trekking poles and YakTrax.

      July 21, 2014

  • Lucia C C.

    Hi, I am looking forward this hike! Great!

    July 17, 2014

  • Chuck M.

    I changed the date from 8/2 to 8/16 due to selfish reasons. I am hiking the Enchantments on 8/5, and I substituted the (relatively) easier Spray Park hike so that my legs would be ready for the Enchantments hike.

    April 20, 2014

  • Cynthia F.

    Chuck, just though I'd share my experience hiking Camp Muir last year w/ David Turley- you can confirm with him any details. We met at 5:00 am (same place), left at 5:30 am, got to Paradise around 8 am, started hiking at 8:15-8:30 am. There were 6 of us. 3 of us were a little faster hikers, 3 at a slower pace. The first group got back to Paradise at 3:30 pm, the slower group arrived back at Paradise when the sun was setting- about 7:30 pm.
    So my point is that you may want to meet earlier to allow for slower pace because it is a strenuous hike and the altitude may take a toll on some people- it did me- I felt nauseated- it didn't help that I didn't drink enough water on the way up.
    Thanks for posting hikes. Cynthia

    1 · April 20, 2014

    • Chuck M.

      Thank you! I will reconsider the start time, especially since I am one of the slow hikers (taking a lot of pictures takes time). :-)

      April 20, 2014

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