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Camp Muir Hike

Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier Area, Washington

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  • A deer in Paradise Park on the way to Camp Muir.- Camp Muir Hike
  • A marmot in Paradise Park on the way to Camp Muir.- Camp Muir Hike
  • A group heads for Camp Muir with a glacier in the background.- Camp Muir Hike
  • Hiking to Camp Muir.- Camp Muir Hike
  • The "Danger Zone" on the Camp Muir hike.- Camp Muir Hike
  • A hiking group looks up at Mount Rainier (14,411') on the way to Camp Muir.- Camp Muir Hike
  • Hiking through a cloud on the way to Camp Muir.- Camp Muir Hike
  • A view through the clouds to Mount Rainier (14,411') on the way to Camp Muir.- Camp Muir Hike
  • Hiking through the clouds on the way to Camp Muir.- Camp Muir Hike
  • Camp Muir.- Camp Muir Hike
  • Camp Muir sleeping hut.- Camp Muir Hike
  • John Muir dedication.- Camp Muir Hike
  • A climbing guide hut at Camp Muir.- Camp Muir Hike
  • A climbing guide hut at Camp Muir.- Camp Muir Hike
  • Restroom options at Camp Muir.- Camp Muir Hike
  • Climbers return to Camp Muir after summiting Mount Rainier.- Camp Muir Hike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Panoramic view. Wildlife. High elevation.
Cons: 
Unmarked route over snowfield. Possible white-out conditions.
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Region:
Mount Rainier Area, WA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
4,680.00 ft (1,426.46 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
9.00 mi (14.48 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,520.00 ft (1,682.50 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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A hike to Camp Muir on Mount Rainier will take you through the flower-covered fields of Paradise Park, through rocky terrain, and over a large snowfield. Throughout you will enjoy spectacular views of glacier fields, wildlife such as marmots and deer, and mountain ranges in the distance. In total, you’ll gain nearly 5,000 feet of elevation over a 9-mile round trip that will take from 7 to 10 hours, depending on hiking speed and weather conditions.

The hike begins from Mount Rainier’s Paradise Park, where you will take the Skyline Trail 2.3 miles up to Pebble Creek. From there, the trail ends and the Muir Snowfield begins. For the next 2.2 miles you will hike over an unmarked route that involves ascending 2,900 feet of snowfield terrain. The Camp Muir destination is worth the effort, and your reward will be a panoramic view from an elevation of nearly 10,200 feet. At this elevation, Camp Muir serves as one of the primary high camps for Mount Rainier summit attempts.

Keep in mind that the hiking route is very exposed above Paradise Park. There is a good chance that you will encounter white-out conditions, and a GPS strongly encouraged. To check on real-time weather conditions, the National Park Service provides a Camp Muir web cam.  To access the area within Mount Rainier National Park, you will need to purchase a National Park Pass. Permits for the hike itself are not required, however, and there is no climbing register.

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