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 is primarily used for hiking, camping, snowshoeing, and backpacking and is best used from May until October.

Length8.4 miElevation gain4,606 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Mount Rainier National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are per vehicle or per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is per person. You can also purchase a park-specific annual pass. Please check the park website for current rates. The Camp Muir Route via Skyline Trail is the most popular route to begin Mount Rainier summit expeditions. It is also one of the most popular trails in Mount Rainier National Park. The trail takes you to the primary base camp. A wilderness climbing permit is required to hike above 10,000 feet or on Nisqually glacier. An Ice axe and crampons are recommended if you do plan on continuing up from this route. The trail begins from a large paved parking lot next to Jackson Visitor Center near Paradise Park and Paradise Visitors Center. The trailhead can be reached from Paradise road and is closest to Nisqually entrance southwest entrance. The hike to Camp Muir is difficult and can be snow covered. There are some paved trails nearby that are family friendly.

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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Brian H
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Great views, deep snow with icy conditions and extremely windy above 7,000 ft

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Ryan McClintock
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This is generally a 5 start hike but oh boy was Saturday a heck of an adventure. Winds were like nothing I've ever experienced. Sustained 30+, gusts bringing us to our knees. We had to make a safety turn at Panorama Point, and did. I'm happy we pushed through the elements, we know we won't face anything that intense again so getting a feeling of how you handle it both mentallly and physically has its benefits.

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Anu Rawal & Srikanth Avadhanam
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michelle neises
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Josh Tatum
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Alec Harrison
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Steve Harrison
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Josh Tatum
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Alex Chapman
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Hiked and skinned up yesterday. It was a little icy until about 7000 feet, and became icier the further we climbed. The footwear shuffle was real. Skiing conditions were mediocre since it rained earlier this week. The last thousand feet coming down (6700’-5700’) was soft snow. Most people turned around between 7k and 9k feet that we saw. Spikes were a must coming down for those without skis.

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Austin Hodges
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Hard very hard in winter months did not make it all the way up stayed the night half way very windy. But all I’m al great trip! Can’t wait to do it again

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Jer Noelle Camot
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Josh Tatum
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Gina Dempsey
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Beautiful day. Some fresh power. Did not need snow shoes when staying in the main tracks however most people had them on.

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Lauren Roszel
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Alec Menzies
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Aaron Smith
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beautiful down below super windy up top!

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Fei Zhutang
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Hiked for the first time on 10/31/2020 with a snowboard. Really good weather this weekend, hiked about 90% of it in just a t shirt. Started to get really icy around 7,500ft elevation and micro spikes were required. Didn’t see any crevasses but then again there was plenty of fresh snow on the ground which made for a really smooth snowboarding experience down. Still lots of people (mostly skiers and splitboarders) hiking it so the trail is well marked and easy to follow.

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Cathy Cai
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Ski touring on 11/1, perfect weather and snow condition.

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Kryptic Noise
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Michael Lam
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Perfect trail great day for Muir! Watch out for hidden crevasses on the snowfield approaching Muir.

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Aleksandr Popov
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Kiki Thao Hua-Black
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GORGEOUS. Went 10/5, sunshine. Bring water, tread carefully, saw mountain goats, cute lil critters. Trails are narrow, mind the wildflowers, bring a mask. The views!!!!!

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Inbar Yaar
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Hiked in Oct 3rd. One of the most strenuous hikes I've ever done on a beautiful weather. Micro spikes are a must! Took us 4.5 hours to the top on a very slow phase. There are many crevasses along the glacier. Some will dip your foot 2 feet under. It's a constant incline and the last 2 miles in and up are walking on glacier. Pretty much you will need to follow the trail of the ones before you as there isn't really a trail once you are up in the snowfield. Take lots of water, snacks, sunscreen, sunglasses and extra clothes. The view from the camp worth every step up!

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