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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 May until October.

Length 8.4 mi Elevation gain 4,606 ft Route type Out & Back
Backpacking Camping Hiking Snowshoeing Forest River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs Muddy Rocky Snow No dogs
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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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Kshitiz Swamy
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Ashley Marie
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HikingGreat!MuddyNo shadeScrambleSnow

Great trail for a day hike! Beautiful views and amazingly fun sliding down on trash bags!

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Andy Morris
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HikingGreat!

This hike was everything I expected it to be. I enjoyed going through the snow fields, was cautious going over the crevasses and wore a 60 pound pack to train for my summit in 2021. Follow me on YouTube if you want to check out my hikes, this will be one of most recent videos and you can see what kind of fun we had hiking this trail. We made it up in 5 hours and 34 minutes and just over 3 hours coming down. Wear sunscreen, drink water, use hiking poles and have micro spikes and crampons this time of year. Oh, yeah...don’t forget to bring a Rainier beer up and have a refreshing drink while enjoying the view (21 and over only ) My YouTube is Gentle Warrior Journey

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Ramnath Srivatsan
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HikingGreat!IcyRockySnow

Started the hike around 9. Takes 3 hours or less to basecamp if you have good endurance and good leg strength. Crampons and poles are a must since almost 60% of the hike is on the snow. Crevasses are real and you will need to meander around zig zag to find the right opening width to cross. Make sure to carry 2-3L water bladder and food. Gu or gels are key. Total moving time was 4hrs 45 min. Views are otherworldly. Just amazing landscape and wilderness.

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TORIN BAINTER
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Aish V
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9/10 - Excellent hike but definitely want to be prepared for the terrain. We started the hike around 8 AM and it took us about 4:45 hrs to reach the camp and 3:15 to come back down. The snow was pretty packed when we went up and though there were many crevasses starting at 9300 ft, they were very passable. A lot of people we started with who reached the crevasses later than us did not make it to the camp - probably a good decision since the snow got slushy on our way down and crossing those crevasses was nerve-wracking! I’d recommend either not doing this hike this late in the season or if you have to, start early and try to head back down by 12-1 at the latest. I can’t imagine doing this hike without hiking poles or micro spikes. It was a very memorable experience for sure!

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Ryan McClintock
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HikingGreat!IcyRockySnow

I mean, of course it gets 5 stars...even with the smoke! We were far above the smoke, did a 3am wakeup to be on trail by 4am. Watched an INSANE sunrise at Panorama Point. The crevasses are intense as you approach Muir, be very careful and PATIENT. You can find ways across if you hike up and down the crevasse, we definittely had some jumping to do but never felt unsafe - that said we're fairly experienced with all the proper gear - do not try this inexperienced. It does carry heavy risk exposure folks. In any case, the trail was great up to the snow field, the hike up the snowfield was intense but what we expected, bring plenty of : sunscreen, water and calories!

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Krish Datla
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SnowshoeingNo shade

Very nice Trail.. 1. Once you’re in snow, very carefully find and follow footsteps. All trails app helps 2. I recorded lot more miles on my Apple Watch than the app 3. Crevasses - they’re now 2 feet wide, max ones.. please do yourself a favor and find a spot where the gap is minimum even if you have to walk 30-40 steps. 5 of them are very deep 4. I asked local mountaineering shop and guy over there said crampons or micro spikes are not needed now. After a little bit of getting used to walking in snow while climbing upand sliding down while coming down is ok but every time I lost a step, my confidence took a little hit and then I’d waste time getting it back. So carry any one of them for getting up and down fast 5. Carry trash bags for glisading . I did not and regretted it Overall, I highly recommend this to anyone who is wanting a challenge, I’m a novice hiker and I made it.

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Amit Dobhal
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Chelsey K
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Hi everyone coming on Friday. Start early. Crevasses were pretty wide as we approached eyesight of base camp around 1:00pm. Lots of ice and water, lots of slipping and sliding. The last big hill before base is very wet and very icy. Poles and spikes a must.

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Zachary Lytle
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Hi all! Getting a group together to do this route on Friday morning if anyone is interested ! Email me at: Zachary.r.lytle@gmail.com

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Radhika Pasari
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HikingIcyNo shadeRockyScramble

Hike: very strenuous hike, exposed to sun so carry lots of water/sunscreen. we ran out of water pretty soon so had to leave the last mile and turn back. The first part which branches off into different trails was super super crowded. Views: very pretty 360 views, you get close to Rainier and beautiful wildflowers Parking: reached around 7AM and the parking was almost full - get there early, sunrise point is very popular Trail conditions: part of the trail is scrambling on rocks, and the last half is on snowfields, you need spikes and hiking poles. Take a plastic bag as well so that you can glissade down and not kill your knees.

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Ryan Mercado
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HikingFloodedGreat!IcyMuddyNo shadeOff trailRockyScrambleSnowWashed out

This hike is not for novice hikers. This hike lulls a lot of beginners into thinking the trail is going to be consistent the whole way up. The trail consists of four surfaces, two of which are snow/ice and volcanic rock. There are also crevasses below Camp Muir which requires a very basic knowledge of glacier travel and crevasse rescue. If you are not knowledgeable on those topics the danger increases exponentially for novice hikers. If you are not familiar with the “10 Essentials” do not attempt.

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