Day Hike to Camp Muir

Hi All,

Let's do a day hike up Camp Muir this coming Saturday so long as the weather is nice. Below are the details. Be prepared for a full day and dinner afterwards. Please bring money to compensate your driver. I tend to hike at a slower speed overall.

Statistics:

Roundtrip 10.0 miles

Elevation Gain 4600 ft

Highest Point 10000 ft

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. Driving Directions:

From Tacoma, drive east on State Route 7 to Elbe, then veer left onto SR 706 to enter the park at the Nisqually Entrance near Ashford. Continue east along the Nisqually Road to the Paradise Lodge parking area. Park in the large parking lot and find the trail near the climbers hut on the north side of the parking lot.


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  • Deepak G.

    If anyone is still looking forward to go Camp Muir this weekend or the next, please let me know.

    June 19

    • Sam R.

      Sunday morning? I'd be coming from Bremerton.

      June 19

    • Deepak G.

      please send me a text at[masked] so that we can communicate better

      June 19

  • Sam R.

    Pictures look incredible! I plan on going this Sunday if anyone that didn't make it to this one wants to go!

    June 10

    • Daniel R.

      Hi sam, I'm interested, but also conditions might be better on frying pan glacier. North east side. I'll try to find out more

      June 12

    • Shabnam

      Hi Guys - Perhaps between you guys it is possible to organize another event. I don't think I will be repeating the Camp Muir hike again this summer. I am trying to focus on mountaineering a bit more this summer.

      1 · June 12

  • A former member
    A former member

    A summary of this awesome hike:
    We pooled at 5:30 AM and waited until 6:00 for others to show. We had a spectacular number of no-shows that didn't even bother to let us know they couldn't come.. but it didn't sour the hike at all. The smaller group was actually easier to manage, and the trek was still fantastic.

    Snow started in the parking lot and was deep and thickly packed. It was snow all the way to Muir. Slushy snow, I'll add, probably because summer is starting. It wasn't the best for glassading down but made climbing up very easy. The weather was beautiful yesterday and we got great views of Adams, St Helens, and Hood. Shabnam was a great organizer and kudos to her for putting together this fantastic trek! Thanks Shabnam!

    Looking forward to further excursions on Rainier this year, and hopefully with members of the same small group.

    2 · June 8

    • Josh P.

      It was awesome, im looking forward to climbing above muir next time :)

      June 12

  • A former member
    A former member

    Was Kegan not on the "going" list? I can't find his username in the meetup group.

    June 8

    • A former member
      A former member

      That'd be awesome! Thanks Katherine 8)

      June 8

    • Katherine J

      It's [masked]. Enjoy your summer! He should be here around the first of August.

      June 8

  • Dominique

    I'm really curious to hear how the trip went and to see pictures. I've never hiked to Muir but would like to maybe later in the season. Hope it was a great hike!

    June 7

  • Shabnam

    I'm at the park and ride now. Of someone is running late please call me at[masked]

    June 7

  • A former member
    A former member

    Going to be at the P&R at 6:35-6:40

    June 7

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll see you all bright and early tomorrow morning! Let's make this a great hike!

    June 6

  • Shreekant W.

    I have done a lot of hikes, but this is one of my first snow hikes. Could someone please list down what things are recommended for us to bring?

    Thank you!

    June 6

    • Shabnam

      Bring 10 essentials. Boots, gaiters, maybe poles. If you don't feel comfortable glacading with just poles maybe an ice axe. It gets pretty chilly at the top so bring warm layers. If you have microspikes you might as well bring them but if not don't worry about getting them there will be a set of steps for you to walk in.

      June 6

    • Shreekant W.

      Thank you Shabnam!

      June 6

  • NV

    I made other plans, since I was still on writing until yesterday

    June 6

  • Dave M.

    Sc ott, I was promoted to the first group and so I accepted that RSVP and am hiking with them. But I'm wanting to make this a regular hike. Thanks for stepping up for this. Dave

    June 6

  • Scott R.

    Unfortunately I have to do it Saturday I have family coming from California on Sunday. If someone else knows the route to Muir they could lead a Sunday hike I saw all these people on the wait list and was thinking someone should organize a second group. I was a little afraid to ask because I thought there might be special requirements for leading a trip and I might sound arrogant as a new member of the group asking to lead a trip but my thinking is that Muir requires snow travel but it is not a technical climb lots of people without any special skills do it and if someone knows the route why not lead a group isn't this site meant as a tool for people to organize hikes.

    June 5

    • Rob

      Our group climbed it last week and glissaded using nothing more than trekking poles. You really don't need an ice axe unless the wind is blowing really hard on the snow or its really cold.

      1 · June 6

    • Aeden J.

      Two groups sounds great to me. :)

      June 6

  • Scott R.

    I planned on hiking up to Camp Muir on Saturday 6/7 and people from the wait list are welcome to join me. I climbed up to Camp Muir last August so I know the route and I am familiar with snow travel. The above paragraphs describe the route well the only thing that I would emphasize although this route is non technical 4600' of climbing on snow is tiring. I won't hike that fast. This hike involves substantial snow travel, bring equipment for walking on snow. I would highly recommend crampons or micro spikes for traction. Most of this route is gentle 10-20 degrees but when climbing up to Panorama Point there is a 300 foot section where the slope approaches 30 degrees which is like an intermediate or blue square ski run. If you want to join me could you reply to this post. I don't know that I can take everyone but I will accept the first 11 replies. I was planning on departing from the Tukwilla park and ride at 7:00 am. If you have any questions or suggestions let me know.

    2 · June 3

    • Deepak G.

      It will be easier if Scott is promoted to an event organizer.

      June 4

    • Shabnam

      I don't have that ability

      June 5

  • Daniel R.

    Scott, I most likely am going to have to cancel. Thank you for offering a seat in your car and have a great hike!

    June 5

  • Sam R.

    If this ends up happening Sunday instead Im in. Dont get back to Wa til Saturday

    June 1

    • Rob

      Why don't you guys just get another meetup hike going for Sunday then. I'm sure there are a lot of people who would go as well on Sunday, and its really a great hike to do. Just check the weather conditions beforehand.

      1 · June 4

  • A former member
    A former member

    Why was I bounced off the "going" list onto the "not going" list?

    June 4

    • Shabnam

      I did not change your status. I can add you back however.

      June 4

    • A former member
      A former member

      Bizarre. Meetup must have hiccuped. Thanks! 8)

      June 4

  • Daniel R.

    I'm hoping to ski/skin up to Muir, but I would love to carpool with people on the wait list. I'll have room for skis and two others.

    June 4

  • Amy W

    My son's Sunday Bball game has been cancelled. Therefore we are going to use the weekend to camp. Hope to hike with you all again soon. Enjoy

    June 3

  • Scott R.

    I think I should do more trips with outdoor adventures before I try to lead one. If I lead a trip it would have to be more informal not through this site, I'm not sure what other website would work. I apologize if I gave the wrong impression. I like to snow climb peaks on my own and I could safely get myself up the Muir snowfield but I don't have all of the training that a trip leader might have for example I don't have first aid training. I should probably find out more about the requirements of being a trip leader before I officially lead a trip.

    June 2

    • Deepak G.

      this is a better place to organize hikes than having a personal website IMO. There's no other platform which has so many enthusiastic people with so much energy AFAIK. I am not a trip leader but I have been on a number of hikes with this group. The most important info that a leader brings in the hike is the confidence about the trail which is usually because of prior experience. I don't think any leader has a special first aid training, its just the basic know how. Anyways, what I have noticed about leading hikes is that you should leave most of the things up to the crew and provide all the info upfront (difficulty of the hike, any special gear to bring). If you starting taking responsibility then you will end up with a lot of it. Expect people to do their homework, after-all hikes are serious (at least in this group) and not everyone's cup of tea.

      June 2

    • Shabnam

      Most of the people leading hikes are not guides. We are just people who enjoy others to join us on the mountain. While I do have some first aid training, I surely don't feel responsible for everything that happens on the hike. The only thing I am really responsible for is setting up the trip logistics. I expect everyone to take responsibility for themselves and in the event of an accident I expect everyone to pool together to help come to a resolution.

      1 · June 3

  • Amy W

    From the East Coast and this will be the first hike at altitude greater than 7000. What gear should I bring?

    June 1

    • Josh P.

      Id bring an ice axe, never know if you will need it.

      1 · June 1

    • Shabnam

      We will most likely be glassading:)

      1 · June 2

  • Scott R.

    I'm new to the Seattle Outdoor adventures group. I was going to be in Mt Rainier National park this weekend and I know how to get to camp Muir, I climbed to Muir last August. I was wondering if I could organize a second outing for some of the people on the waitlist. My car is small I could only give a ride to 3 people but I have snow climbing experience I snowshoed up Mt Pilchuck, Mt St Helens and in California I snowshoed up Mt Ralston, Pyramid Peak and Mt Rose. I wasn't sure if you needed to be certified to organize an outing. In terms of equipment I do have the 10 essentials. Normally I do not get a permit for a day hike, a permit is needed only for an overnight hike, would I need a permit for a larger group.

    2 · June 2

    • Shabnam

      I don't mind if you wish to lead another group up.

      June 2

    • Shabnam

      Not really sure how to coordinate it on this site. Any ideas?

      June 2

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm keeping myself on the "going" list right now, but might drop off on Wednesday if I get a new roommate (It would be unwise to leave my roommate alone in the house on our first weekend)

    1 · June 1

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