Camp Muir Route Via Skyline Trail

HARD 156 reviews

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.

DISTANCE
8.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4606 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

skiing

snowshoeing

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

snow

no dogs

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

skiing
1 day ago

Best done with skis especially for the descent. This can be quite crowded on the weekends. If you have the knowledge and are properly equipped, enjoying a sunset at Camp Muir then skiing back to Paradise before full darkness can be spectacular. Always be aware of the hours posted for the gate at Longmire as they lock it to all traffic both up and down in the winter.

This IS a tough hike if you're not in shape, but if you're a '2-3 hike-a-weeker' you should have no problem. The 8.5 mile roundtrip distance isn't the problem....it's the 1,000ft. per mile elevation gain. You're nearly at a mile up at the onset so drink lots of water the night before you start and bring plenty and sip it often as well as tasty high-carb snacks. If it's a clear day, start early, gob on the sunscreen and apply often.... the Muir snowfield is BRUTAL on a hot summer day. Don't become depressed when your destination seems to keep getting further and further away from you the closer you get. It's the altitude making your boots feel like they're cinder-blocks. Try two little tricks for the 'climbers' use. Pressure breaths...blow out two breaths deeply then inhale one long deep one...about every 5 minutes or so. Also try climbers- step when thighs and calves are fatigued on steep areas: Place leg forward and put weight on the knee joint and step up straight and repeat. Take your time, you're not in a race....just maintain a steady pace. (I'm 65 and this does help me...it's good practice if you're having trouble with altitude and better than most) If you notice nausea or a migraine setting in, TURN AROUND and head back calmly. The mountain will still be there for another day. 9 times out of 10 you'll notice the symptoms disappear once you proceed to a lower altitude. Camp Muir itself is a reward. Congratulate yourself as you sit 2/3 of the way up Rainier taking in tiny Paradise Hotel, Mt. Adams and the valleys beyond. When you make it back down reward yourself with a great meal and brew!! ENJOY!

3 months ago

Hiked this today 02/12/2018, on a gorgeous sunny day! Only needed micro spikes and poles, but brought snowshoes just in case. First time up to Camp Muir, ice covered most of the way, making it a bit sketchy on the steepest terrain. It was very rewarding hike, can’t wait to do this during summer, I hear it’s much easier.

hiking
6 months ago

I had an amazing experience hiking this on Tuesday, 10/27. I had a late start and was not off the mountain until after dark but that only added to my experience. Watching the sunset from up on Rainier was amazing. Most people going up are skiers and snowshoers this time of year and I understand why. There was snow and ice right from the Paradise parking lot all the way to Camp Muir. Hiking this climb this time of year is for experienced and prepared hikers/climbers only. I suggest solid boots with spikes, poles, warm clothes, a headlamp, and the ability to track your progress using GPS. I'd also suggest making sure someone knows your exact plan and when you expect to be off the mountain. I normally wouldn't write all these suggestions but I saw several beginner hikers that had to turn around very early on because of not doing the things mentioned above. Of course it was nice to have the trail to myself too! Awesome experience but a serious endeavor for sure with this much snow and ice. PS, lots of falling ice from both sides of the Muir snowfield.

7 months ago

Great mountain to hike and skin up. Enjoyed skiing down the snow face. Great view from up top, experienced the change of altitude and felt sick. It was worth it for the views!

hiking
7 months ago

Best views of Mt.Rainier. Moderate hike

hiking
8 months ago

Amaizing experience I will back soon

hiking
8 months ago

very strenuous hike. took us almost 5.5 hrs to climb up and 2.5 hrs to come down. But in the end, it was worth the hard work. coming down, we glissade almost all the way. it was really fun glissading.

hiking
8 months ago

we hiked this on 9/9/17. we parked between the visitors center and the park rangers cabin and started up the trail at 0740. it was 45 degrees, foggy, and windy. the first 2 miles were pretty straight forward but the last 2.2 were an adventure. 2 hikers on their way down said it was too treacherous to attempt the snowfield but we continued. the visibility was 20 yards max once we hit the snowfield and we had a hard time finding any trail up. we made are own way and over 1.5 miles up the fog would break for a minute or 2 and make it all worth it. we made it to the camp, had a snack, and talked with some of the climbers just getting down from the summit. it took us 3 hours without poles or crampons. the poles would be very helpful for the trek down as it is very slippery. we brought contractor grade trash bags to slide down some of the mountain and that was a blast.

the temp at the camp was mid 30s with a 40mph wind.

all in all a great hike. there is plenty of water along the first 2 miles but nothing but snow once you hit the snowfield so plan accordingly.

hiking
9 months ago

Hiked on Sunday 8/20. Completely clear, beautiful weather in the morning. A little overcast in the afternoon. Rented poles from the gift shop the night before and they proved invaluable on the snow field. Left for the hike at 8:20am from the parking lot - this was nice to leave at this time to avoid the crowds of tourists. Hiked at a very leisurely pace and took a 1.5 hour break at Camp Muir and the hike only took 8.5 hours. Did not need crampons for the snow field, but the poles did help. Try to walk in someone else's footsteps in the snow field going up - makes it much easier. Highly suggest sliding down on the snow on the way back, it is extremely fun and makes the hike much better on the way down.

9 months ago

We went yesterday for the eclipse and it was amazing! The first two miles to the snow fields are beautiful. We saw a black bear in the distance, marmots, and some birds. You don't need micro spikes at the snow fields but some trekking poles came in handy. It was a bit cold on the way up as we left paradise at 7am so bring some gloves or your hands might go numb. The steps are short in the snow field as you shuffle your feet up the mountain. It took 3.5 hours to reach the top but the whole trek was well worth the soreness we faced today. You can hear the mountain talking as the glaciers break loose and crevasses are formed but those are way up the mountain and you are not in harms way. Make sure to bring a trash bag so you can glissade down the snow fields! A lot of laughter was had as we made trash bag pants by sticking out legs through the bottom of the garbage bag. A must do hike!!!

hiking
9 months ago

Fantastic Hike!! It was very foggy and wet today! We had to turn around and couldn't make it to Camp Muir due to the weather but I'll be back!!

9 months ago

It's the perfect time of the year to do this!

hiking
9 months ago

Round trip about 7 hours with family (Mom, Dad, Me (17), Brother (15), sister (18)). BRING SOMETHING TO SLIDE DOWN ON (garbage bag, plastic disc, ect. Bring crampons. Leave fairly early.

9 months ago

I did it in 5 hours round trip. At 9,000 my heart was pounding out of my chest and I had to stop and get my heartbeat down before walking again. Make sure you're methodical with your approach. Bring water and snacks and a high carb meal for basecamp. Going down is hard on the knees, so bring something to slid on!

hiking
9 months ago

Incredible hike, my original goal was the Muir Snowfields, but the weather was perfect, the views were unbelievable, and I found myself pushing on. The views of Paradise and Rainier are stunning, and seeing Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, and Mt. St Helens in the distance on a clear day just takes it to another level.

hiking
9 months ago

The most fun hike I have done! The sliding for two miles down the mountain is awesome! Views are great, and not as hard as I expected. Including lots of stops for images and taking on and off layers of clothes we did it in 6hrs and 45min. I used poles because the snow is slippery some places. My boyfriend hiked in his boots only, and that went just fine. We brought spikes just in case.

hiking
9 months ago

9 months ago

Went up there today
Left paradise 10:35am
Pebble creek 11:40am
Camp Muir 2:40pm
Left camp Muir 3:30pm
At paradise around 5:30pm coming down was easy glissading.
after you pass the pebble creek it's mostly snow fields, took some breaks. I had my crampons on and also hiking poles and I did fine. Sunscreen and sun glasses are must and extra water and clothing as well since weather changes really quick. Saw so many hikers there who were getting ready for summit mount Rainer.

hiking
9 months ago

Great day trip (lots of people on weekends) and the view and the flowers are incredible! The snow line has moved far up the mountain!

10 months ago

Very difficult trail with the immense amount of lava rocks that have to be navigated and steep grades along the way. Need to have good hiking shoes, wear layers of clothing as it can quickly transition from good to inclement weather. Amazing views from multiple points along the way.

hiking
10 months ago

Great Challenging hike! It is mostly snow all the way up. Did it just with my boots and that worked well. The view is stunning all the way up. However this hike is more for the challenge of it as the view is almost as nice from the high skyline trail.

10 months ago

Such a fun but challenging hike. Definitely wear microspikes. The views on a clear day are insanely beautiful.

hiking
10 months ago

Amazing day... hit the trail at 7:30am so that I could be back before it got too hot! Made it to Muir and back in 5 hrs w/a 40 lbs pack.

I would recommend crampons or micro spikes! I use crampons and the worked great. The parking lot was a mad house when I went to leave, so I would recommend getting there early!!!

hiking
11 months ago

Bring sunglasses. Even though it's cloudy at the bottom, it clears up at the top.

There's snow the whole way up, so bring microspikes and poles. Snow at lower elevations than the regular snowfield is good for glissading; on the snowfield is too wet. skiing works though. Flags and plenty of footprints mark the path to Camp Muir from the parking lot. Overall a nice hike.

hiking
11 months ago

Getting to the shoulder of Mt. Rainier while enjoying amazing views of it. Reminder: next time bring skis/snowboard/sledge.

11 months ago

I'm hiking this one at least once a year

backpacking
Sunday, May 07, 2017

Did this in 2015 and 2016, made it DC in 2015, all the way to Summit in 2016. A great hike, and on a beautiful clear day the view up and down is out of this world. It is up, up, up and up. The weather was four different ways for each leg of trip. At times pouring rain, blowing snow, incredibly perfect and downright hot. Bring a trash-bag or rain pants so you can glissade back down, really fun.

hiking
Thursday, October 13, 2016

My pinnacle hike to date. Generous respect for the uphill climb on the snowfield. A beautiful day on 10/12/16. Do it but make sure you respect Rainier.

hiking
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Intense hike that will test you mentally and physically. Be ready for changing weather, and be ready for insane views. An experience that will be remembered for a long time.

Load More