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Washington Backcountry Trails


Hiking out to Paradise

Camp Muir

Camp Muir

Definition of terms below
Location: Mt Rainier National Park 
Directions: 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.
Difficulty: Strenuous
Elevation +/- 4500 ft elevation gain
Distance: 9 miles round trip
Rating: 10 out of 10
Fishing: none
Scenery: Awesome
Map: Printable Topo Map

Camp Muir is a must do hike. It is allot of fun if you are in good shape.

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 Camp Muir.

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 rush!

Do it again? Yes

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Mt Rainier attempt 1998

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