100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington
by Rainer Burgdorfer (The Mountaineers Books)
© Rainer Burgdorfer/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
I hiked the snowfield on route to the top of Rainier. Even in August there were people hiking up with their snowboards or skis. From Panorama point to camp Muir has snow year around and is fairly steep, so I would recommend the use of ski poles. You really have to be in shape to make this climb and more so if your carrying a large pack.
The hike is better done early in the spring to get the beter weather and the best snow conditions. The date I did the run was late due to a road trip. The first 300 feet below Camp Muir had Suncups and was hard to ski. The rest of the 4800' ft elevation 8.3 mile run was great. You MUST watch the weather as people have been lost in the white-outs and never found. The snowfield is not patrolled. The legs will suffer but the run will put a mile wide smile on your face.
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