Muir Snowfield

Longmire, Washington 98397

Muir Snowfield

Muir Snowfield Professional Review and Guide

"The broad, low-angle southern apron of Mount Rainier rises from Paradise at 5,440 feet to Camp Muir at 10,060 feet. Early season tours (October to November) offer the best combination of snow conditions, weather, and entertainment value on the Muir Snowfield.

Navigation skills (and the requisite equipment) are required for this tour; whiteouts occur frequently, and the descent takes place on a broad, curving ridge with cliffs on either side. Keep a log, mental or otherwise, so you can find your way down in fog. Difficulties: Moderate avalanche potential; routefinding required; permit / fee area."

Muir Snowfield Reviews

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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.
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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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Trail Information

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Trail Type
Skill Level
6 hours
Best October to June
5,450 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,000 feet
Top Elevation
USGS Mount Rainier East
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Oct 2018