Mount Rainier Standard Summit Route

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Mount Rainier Standard Summit Route is a 14.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ashford, Washington that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 14.7 miles Elevation Gain: 8,986 feet Route Type: Out & Back

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

skiing

snowshoeing

bird watching

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bridge out

rocky

scramble

snow

no dogs

Three day climb via Camp Muir, Ingraham Glacier & Disappointment Cleaver This is one of the standard routes up Mt. Rainier. You will ascent the Muir Glacier to Camp Muir and spend the 1st night there. Then you will continue on to the Ingraham Glacier campsite which is just another 1,000 feet above Muir. There you will spend one more short night to acclimatize before leaving camp around 2am in the morning for an early summit bid. You will ascend Dissapointment Cleaver and hopefully make the summit near or just after sunrise. Return via the same track 9,000 feet after packing up camp in one day. You will be tired! Note: Before attempting this climb you MUST have experience in glacier and high alpine travel and crevasse rescue. Please check and read the supplemental links with this guide before you go. Use this guide as a directional track, but do a A LOT OF READING about this mountain before attempting it. There are many guide services you can contact as well if you do not have experience.

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9 days ago

I would like to climb and summit this mountain next year. Anybody that would like to summit with me? kevinosabuohien@yahoo.com

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18 days ago

Summited August 30th, 2019. Definitely not for the faint of heart, even under perfect conditions this is a massive challenge. 35 mph sustained winds, with solid gusts at the top didn’t allow for much time at the summit, but the rest of the climb was gorgeous. Conditions were great. Yes, there are open crevasses this time of year, but the route was not that circuitous. One vertical ladder. Used RMI guides. For an amateur climber, FANTASTIC value.

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1 month ago

Summited 8/15/19. This is a seriously strenuous climb. About 5 hours to Camp Muir and another 5.5 to 6 hours to summit. Approximately 8 hour return to visitor center. Weather was very warm until reaching higher elevations. Freezing level was 12,500 and it was probably another 10 degrees colder at summit with some moderate 25 mph wind. One nearly vertical ladder crevasse crossing. Absolutely amazing views and an amazing lifetime experience overall. Well worth a couple of blisters.

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1 month ago

Tried to summit in two days. Only made it 1100 feet further than Camp Muir before I developed altitude sickness and had to turn back. I will be back.

Mount Rainier summit back Camp Muir

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1 month ago

Whoo, what a ride! Summited July 29, 2019. Physically very very challenging, but not impossible. It was more scary than I was expecting, Disspointmebt Cleaver at 3 AM is kinda freaky. About 5 crevasse crossings ranging from a few inches to a couple of feet. One ladder crossing, but’s it’s vertical right now, not horizontal so that was nice. I wouldn’t have wanted to wait much later in the season, things were really warming up and seemed to be getting looser at this point. The summit is incredible, so glad I did this once in my life.

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1 month ago

Summited July 6th 2019. Totally worth it. Be prepared wiht enough food and water. Sunburn and cold. Did unguided with my husband. If you are experienced there is no great need of hiring a guided service.

hiking
1 month ago

Was great. Started summit at 10pm 7/20 arrived 5am 7/21 for sunrise and left. Cold and windy but well worth the effort.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Successful summit with RMI Guide Mike Walters on 7-10-2018. Great climb!

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Completed this route on July 5th. Route is in a perfect conditions with no need to cross crevasses using ladder. There are couple places where fixed rope or anchors set up that you can hold on to or use for running belay.

hiking
2 months ago

Summited Mt Rainier through Disappointment cleaver route on 06/30 with RMI. Experience of a lifetime for sure! :) Was worth every bit of the effort it took to get to Columbia crest!

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3 months ago

Our group of 5 just summited last week. We were led by 2 great experienced climbers in our group. They had both been to the top more then a dozen times. It was my first summit. We arrived on top for the sunset. It was spectacular. The climb down was very exhausting. Round trip from Muir took about 15 hours. Had to pull off the trail numerous times for other groups going up as we were coming down. Very glad we did it, but also glad it’s over.

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