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||Mt Rainier National Park
||Head south on Hwy 161, turn left on Hwy 7, in Elbe stay left
on Hwy 706, just go straight and you will hit the National Park.
||4500 ft elevation gain
||9 miles round trip
||10 out of 10
||Printable Topo Map
Camp Muir is a must do hike. It is allot of fun if you are in good
We opted to do this hike in the dark with our headlamps on. Was it a
good choice? Ya it added a degree of difficulty and the views up there on
an August night are awesome. I would not suggest hiking it at night if you
don't do much hiking and also if it is your first time up here, there are
some dangerous crevasses up there-oh ya and you cannot camp anywhere
except at Camp Muir, so it is all or nothing once you set out at night.
By doing it at night we were the only ones on the glaciers, during the
day there is a steady stream of folks trying there hand at climbing up to
Once we got up the next morning and watched the sunrise we enjoyed some
breakfast and some cocoa. What a wonderful eyeful to awake to.
The day consisted of the decent from Camp Muir, which was much faster
then the accent. I sat on my rear most of the way down--sledding. I was
going so fast down one glacier that while trying to dig my heals in to
stop I was plowing snow about 10 feet in the air. Again we were the only
ones on the mountain descending in this manner, but again well worth the
Do it again? Yes
Rainier attempt 1998
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