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Camp Muir Route Via Skyline Trail is a 8.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Paradise Inn, Washington that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September.

Length 8.4 mi Elevation gain 4,606 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Rock climbing

Skiing

Snowshoeing

Bird watching

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Muddy

Rocky

Snow

No dogs

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Getting There

An extreme dayhike to Muir, the primary base camp for summit expeditions.

ngton State Tourism, P.O. Box 42500 , Olympia, WA, 98504-2500, Phone: 360-586-2088, tobyg@tourism.wa.gov

Directions from Nisqually Entrance Station: Drive 16 miles east on the Longmire - Paradise Road to the fork for Paradise Valley. Bear left into the Paradise Valley and drive 2 miles to the parking area between the Jackson Visitor Center and the Paradise Ranger Station. This lot fills on many summer days so arrive in Paradise early to obtain a parking space.

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Debi Stangel
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jul 11 2020
HikingSnow

Trail is all snow with a couple patches of exposed trail. Hiking poles and/or crampons would be recommended. Great hike

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Michael Schonbachler
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jul 11 2020

First time doing this hike today and it was totally a five experience! We started at 530am and reached the camp 4.5 hrs later. Views were amazing the entire hike. The last mile is challenging. Only took 1.5 hrs to get down using a garbage sack on parts to slide down with all the packed snow on the route!!!

Alireza Jazayeri
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFri Jul 10 2020
HikingSnow

July 10th report: perfect sunny clear day to go up to Camp Muir. Rainier was in view and do close the entire wsy up. Snow has not melted starting from Paradise trailhead all the way to the top. Micro-spikes will do, it's mostly slushy snow. Loved the views. Try finding the slides to glissade down. Best way to come down a mountain!

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Aniruddha Daptardar
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarThu Jul 09 2020
HikingScrambleSnow

Did this trail yesterday with a couple of friends. Snow all over except a few patches of rocky terrain. We started at 10 am, took 6 hours to reach the top (4pm) and 3 hours down. This is a VERY Strenuous hike in snow esp. if you are doing it before August. Going up first 1.5 miles is (relatively) easy enough and even if you make a mistake on your route here and there, easy to find the trail. At around 1.5 mile mark, you will reach Pebble creek and from here on, finding and staying on the trail is difficult. The advice we had read was “just follow the footsteps” to stay on trail - didn’t work on rocks (as there are none!) and certainly didn’t work on snow (as we saw them going in all different directions). It’s actually VERY important to bring trail map and follow it to the dot! The last 2 miles was grueling hike. We had micro spikes with us but they were not that useful due to slushy and slippery snow... Due to the cloud cover, we didn’t have that great views down below but awesome view of the mount rainier kept us going. Camp Muir hut is visible from down below and feels within reach but it’s very far in reality. Last 500 - 1000 ft were the most difficult. Each step in the snow at that altitude and with that steep elevation gain, felt like 10 steps with weights attached to your foot. Glaring sun and thinner oxygen didn’t help. But we made it! Yay!! After you reach to the top, body cools down suddenly and you need that extra warm layer. Decided to leave the camp at around 5pm after a heavy meal. Hike down was fun. We switched between glissading and walking... but we also lost our way trying to find a short cut and went more on the right resulting in a dead end facing a deep valley. We again had to climb back 200 ft or so up on the snow to find the trail and came down using it. Around 6.30-7 pm, visibility was super low and we relied on our Strava to find our way back. Met a couple other ladies with snowboard/skis who had lost their way as well and they followed us all the way down. All in all, a great challenging hike both physically and mentally ... You will love it if you like challenges. Bring plenty of water and food and take breaks! Oh need plenty of protection from sun (sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, chapstick etc) Also bring a trail map and follow it!!

becca mdphd
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarThu Jul 09 2020
HikingSnow

Strenuous and gorgeous! micro spikes, poles, and gps necessary. Shallow, mini crevasses are starting to open up below base camp as of 7/8/2020. Don’t forget to sunscreen your hands, ears, and neck, including under your chin to protect from the reflection!

Alice Marin
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarWed Jul 08 2020
HikingSnow

Incredible hike I’ve done it twice now and it never gets old! The views are worth it.

Shesalltats Andpierced
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Jul 06 2020
Hiking

What a scenic trail! Such a beauty! We hiked this trail last year with my family and friends and the view is just breathtaking! There’s falls, wildflowers, wild animals. It’s heaven! I’d definitely come and do this trail again when I come and visit! I never get tired exploring any trails and Washington State is one of the best that has an amazing and gorgeous view!

Beau Chevassus
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSun Jul 05 2020
HikingNo shadeSnow

Snow starting from the parking lot, virtually all the way up minus 5-6 rock crossings. (so if you are skinning up, you’ll have to pop off your skis) Snow conditions are fantastic. No snow shoes needed. No crampons needed. Shallow sun cups are at the top, but pretty much everything else down, say 90% of the snow, is excellent for skiing/boarding. (or glissading if you don’t mind getting your butt wet) We hit the entrance to the park at 7:30 AM and were greeted by a ranger who said the credit card machines are down… So no charge! But be prepared to buy a park pass at the entrance if you don’t have one. Warning: on our drive back down there (2pm) was a good 1 hour wait (loooong line of cars) at the entrance, waiting for the parking lot to free up. Granted it’s a weekend, on a holiday, but I’d recommend if you are going up on amy weekend this summer… Definitely get there early unless you want to wait in line. The visitor center was open. Bathrooms were open (both at Paradise AND at Muir). The public sleeping shelter at Muir is closed. Verizon users: I got three bars at Camp Muir. Everyone was awesome on the hike up. You can tell a lot of people have been fighting some mental battles, and you can see the refreshed faces taking in the magnificent scenery. Just one guy—who clearly spent way too much time watching the news—loudly confronted and lectured a stranger for not wearing a mask. I almost threatened to hug him if he didn’t chill out. But anyway, be gracious and kind. Overall a fantastic hike… If not the best in the park. It is NOT easy, but definitely everyone should train for it and do it. I’ve never seen that much snow before going up to Muir in July. Do it! (and don’t forget your sunscreen and SPF Chapstick) Hope this helps!

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Gregory Booth
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jul 04 2020
Hiking

Amazing views once past the cloud coverage. Managed to see St. Helens while up there. Pretty easy trail to follow even though it’s 99% snow.

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David Mullins
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jul 04 2020
Hiking

This was a really beautiful trail. The mountain ranges were simply stunning with snow, glaciers and random turquoise ice formations. This trail reawakened my appreciation for nature’s tranquility and peaceful beauty. Trail is snow packed all the way use micro spikes at a minimum or crampons might be better. Saw a fine selection of animals throughout the day: arriving into the park a herd of deer crossed the road. On the trail there were several marmots pottering around and as the grand finale, leaving the park there was a black bear hanging out in the road verge- obviously he was very used to cars, cameras and had professional training for mastering tiktok videos. 3 hours up to the camp Muir. Started at 8 am. It’s a pretty relentless climb all the way. At the top I found a nice bench and hung out for a few hours- even took a nap. You will see from my trail track I meandered a bit. It’s easy to lose sight of the trail on the way up. If your unsure stick in behind a group. The sun is really powerful so be sure to have sun cream. I applied 50 twice and still got burned. Some time I’ll go back and try get to the top with a guide. Be really nice to make it to the top! If you’re reading this, this probably doesn’t apply but several people were heading up the mountain in shorts, t-shirt ‘s and less then appropriate footwear. I would caution against this. At altitude the weather can change in an instant. Today was a beautiful day but it was still around 35’ with 15mph winds. I’ve had several close calls with what would be considered appropriate gear when the weather changes. If your going up be sure you are somewhat prepared with the right gear.

Sean Stout
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jul 04 2020
HikingSnow

Snow from the parking lot up. Most at the start but cleared halfway up. Beautiful day.

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Anusha S.
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarFri Jul 03 2020
HikingSnow
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Andrew Carr
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Jun 29 2020
HikingIcySnow

Still 100% snow though it is starting to melt. Don’t go to early in the morning right now as it’s pretty much a solid ice the further up you go. Made it up 1.5 miles of the trail before I had to turn around due to ice conditions. Overall still worth the hike.

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sz re
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSun Jun 28 2020
Hiking

Although it is all snowy ,you can follow the steps. Met great hikers and join them. Be there before 8 am on weekends.

Chris Melendez
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSun Jun 28 2020
HikingIcyOff trailSnow

27 June. Trail is covered so either go later when there’s more people or make sure you have the map downloaded! Got there at 5am with no troubles and took off around 515am, made it to Muir about 10am. Saw almost no one on the way up but tons of skiers when I was going back down. Spikes at a minimum are needed, the last push once you break above the cloud deck is either hard ice or slippery from the sun...and Muir never seems any closer when you look up! Definitely work the the views though! Such a rewarding hike! Sunglasses and sunscreen!

Anna van Zeijts
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jun 27 2020
HikingIcyNo shadeRockySnow

Amazing hike! Highly recommend but be prepared with snow gear like microspikes boots and poles. And sunscreen!!

Steve Albert
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jun 27 2020
Hiking

We reached Camp Muir today, and what a day it was. It took us five hours up and 2.5 hours down. Our team had five climbers: Tideworks Mountaineers Hugh Gallagher, Steve Albert, Mark Pengelly, Amanda Bleuer, accompanied by Victor Ayala. Camp Muir is 10,188’ on Mt. Rainier.

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David Birau
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarTue Jun 23 2020
HikingSnow

This was such a rewarding hike with amazing views at the top. Not going to lie, it was tiring trekking in only snow, but worth it. It was doable without crampons as I didn't have any issues with my hiking shoes (unless water resistant you will have wet socks).

User User
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSun Jun 21 2020
HikingSnow
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Vadem Gubarik
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarThu Jun 18 2020
HikingIcyOff trailSnow

Trail is all snow! Just follow the footsteps! It’s a great reference and u won’t get lost. Started at 8am and there was already 20 cars in the parking lot so make sure u get there early because it gets packed. Amazing hike! Not easy tho

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