Camp Muir Route

Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Distance8.6mi
Elevation Gain4,680ft
Trailhead Elevation5,407ft
Top10,087ft
Elevation Min/Max7172/10091ft
Elevation Start/End7172/7172ft

Camp Muir Route

Camp Muir Route is a hiking trail in Pierce County, Washington. It is within Mount Rainier National Park. It is two miles long and begins at 7,172 feet altitude. The Moon Rocks can be seen along the trail. There are also bare rocks along the trail. The trail ends near the Camp Muir (elevation 10,187 feet) camp site and Double Toilet (Under Construction) and other restroom. There is also a viewpoint near the end of the trail. This trail connects with the following: Peeble Creek Trail.

Camp Muir Route Professional Reviews and Guides

"A long, steep trek through an alpine snowfield up to Camp Muir, the most popular base camp for summiting Mount Rainier, this hike affords seasoned hikers exposure to alpine trekking and panoramic views of Mount Adams, Mount St. Helens, and the Tatoosh Range.

Camp Muir is best left for experienced hikers in excellent shape. Without requiring the technical expertise and gear of a full summit, the climb to base camp affords the spoils of high alpine climbs: views of other regal cascades, Mount Adams and Mount St. Helens, a panorama of the jagged Tatoosh Range, and an up-close look at the glaciers and ridges traversed by climbers on their way to the summit. This hike reaches an elevation of 10,080 feet, which feels like the top of the world."

"The route to Camp Muir is long, strenuous, and very susceptible to poor
weather, but it can also be incredibly beautiful, with views that can’t be
found anywhere else."

"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."

Camp Muir Route Reviews

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6/9/2018
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4/4/2011
This is a great trail to get a taste of mountaineering. Many people enjoy this side of "The Mountain" year round but please have your essentials and know how to use them. Navigation can become challenging if visibility deminishes. Always be prepared for the wind no matter what the forecast predictes.
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8/18/2010
This is a great trail and a tough climb with lots of elevation gain (5000 feet in only 4.1 miles). Due to the late spring this year the flowers were blooming and the bugs were out. Snow was slushy making it hard to find a good trail to follow and not very good for glissading. Breath taking views although a bit hazy the day we went. This is not a novice climb - the last 2 thousand feet are tough but on a sunny day well worth every heart pounding step.
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8/5/2009
Lower portions of the trail were in great condition, hit the snow at Pebble Creek. Full sun and temperature in the 70's resulted in a lot of reflected heat and glare. Icy spots on the snowfield made the decent a little tricky. Good training hike for a future summit attempt. Parking at Paradise was almost impossible to find, even on a Wednesday. I ended up almost a mile down the road, which made my hike a little longer than usual.
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7/20/2009
I have done Muir in Feb. (if you like to posthole the whole way) and mostly during springs and summers. It is an endurance day hike for in shape hikers. Once on the snowfield, it requires diligent watching for changes in weather. Very good for those who wish to travel or look to train for things like the 7 summits. Nevergiveup.
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8/11/2007
This was my first hike/climb in snow. It was a clear day all the way up the trail and once at Camp Muir it was a little windy and about 38-40 degrees, but sunny. I really enjoyed this hike. It took us 2 hours and 45 minutes to ascend and 1 hour and 50 minutes to descend since we were able to glissade part of the way down. I would love to do this hike again, and hope for the wonderful weather we had today.
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9/7/2006
I had forgotten how arduous this hike is! My Dad and I are NOT mountain climbers, just run-of-the mill hikers. We rented crampons in Ashford and used them on the Muir Snowfield, and they were very helpful. I HIGHLY recommend using them. Much of the snowfield has melted and is melting, so there are some icy, slushy sections. At one point, we could hear the water rushing underneath the snowfield, and opted to stay near the rock outcrop on the right. It took us 6 hrs. to get up and 3 hrs. to get back down, so it was a pretty long day. We were prepared for cold and white-out conditions with heavy clothing,extra food,and the rest of the 10 essentials, but thankfully had beautiful weather all day and did not need them. I feel a great sense of accomplishment having done this. Don't forget to say hello to the marmots on the way up!
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9/2/2004
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8/7/2004
Spectacular hike that from which we couldn't have asked more. Our yearly buddy trip to hike out west took us to Rainier. After a rainy/sleety day on Burroughs Mountain the day before, we awoke to a drizzly day for our Camp Muir trip. However, once we hit 8000 ft., the skies were so blue they hurt your eyes. And, as anyone who has ever made this trip on this kind of day can attest, the view from above the clouds on Mount Rainier is nothing more than breathtaking. The view of the summits of Mount Adams, Mount St. Helens and in the distance Mount Hood sticking up out of the clouds like islands in a milky sea was spectacular. While the hike was strenuous because of the snow field (with a foot of fresh powder on it from the night before), the altitude and the sheer steepness of the climb, I cannot praise the trip enough. And the "butt sliding" on the way down not only was fun, it was knee/leg saving. Next time - we take the course and try for the summit!
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6/13/2003
The trek up to Muir was the first leg of our group's summit attempt. The poor weather had changed our dates and four of our group of seven elected to wait until Saturday morning. Jimmy, Eric and I decided to brave the storm and head out from Paradise Friday morning so that we could rest on Saturday. The rangers had marked the trail plus we had our compass headings and GPS as back ups. We were carrying tents with us but as the storm wore on we were hoping for space in the public shelter. Too much of the great scenery was missed with the poor visibility as I realized later on the descent. I have to mention that I was hauling all of my gear in a great Mountainsmith pack that I won here at Trails.Com! It has become the only pack that I use for mountaineering because it weighs so much less than others and can still haul over 5,000 cubic inches of gear very comfortably. When we topped out at Muir about 2:30 PM we found plenty of room in the shelter and that it was quite comfortable compared to setting up tents in the cold wind. The shelter was still quite cold, about 36 degrees F later that night, but I was very comfortable in the Moonstone down sleeping bag that I won here at Trails.Com. Pretty amazing to win great quality gear that is useful and really works! We spent Saturday hydrating and resting for launching for the Summit at midnight. The views were tremendous as the weather cleared, with Mount Hood, Mount Saint Helens and Mount Adams all in view. I can highly recommend Camp Muir as a destination or as a high camp for a summit bid.
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Trail Information

Mount Rainier National Park
Nearby City
Mount Rainier National Park
Parks
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
Camping
Additional Use
Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center at Paradise: (360) 569-6571; Paradise Guide House (Climbing Information Center): (360) 569-6641
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Oct 2018