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.

14.7 miles
8,986 feet
Out & Back




nature trips

rock climbing




bird watching




wild flowers


bridge out




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.

5 months ago

August 27-28, 2018: Summited with RMI guides morning of the 28th. Couldn't have asked for better weather on the upper mountain; bright, full moon gave way to clear blue skies. Not for the faint of heart, weak-willed, or uncoordinated.

6 months ago

Great adventure!! didn't quite make it check out the video i made along the way...

Be Safe Out There,

6 months ago


7 months ago

Summited when I was 15 years old and plan to go back and do it all in one day!

8 months ago

Awesome route, climbed in July of 2017 and was gorgeous. Exhausting, 15hr summit day, but so worth it. Already planning my next trip back for the Kautz Glacier Route.

8 months ago

Summited Mt Rainier using Ingraham Direct route, instead of going around Disappointment Cleaver. A few crevasses were open near Ingraham flats. Otherwise, snow conditions were ideal. Camped at Muir for a few hours in both directions. Great hike that can be done overnight instead of three days. Time from car to car: 33 hrs. Be prepared for changing conditions in vis, wind, temp. Easy to get lost in poor vis. Many places where a slip could be very troublesome. A serious hike above Muir. Have fun!

8 months ago

Beautiful and challenging hike with amazing views!! If you aren’t ready to tackle summiting Rainier, Hike to Camp Muir. You will not be disappointed with the views!!!

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Absolutely stunning. Climbed to the summit via DC route from July 15-17 (took a rest day at Camp Muir due to high winds on the upper mountain). Bluebird summit bid, with a few ladder crossings over some deep crevasses. Would love to climb it again! It's definitely a challenge, but if you study the route, are in great physical and mental shape, and are willing to push your limits, there's no doubt you will make it to Columbia Crest!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

I am planning to summit Mount Rainier, anybody interested in joining?

Friday, September 01, 2017

Outstanding route

Monday, October 17, 2016

Great experience I love Rainier

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The hike to base camp is fun if you bring enough water. Also be sure to wear hiking boots because you will walk on snow.

Monday, September 19, 2016

This is a must do mountain at least once a lifetime. It's epic and worth it. Even if you don't summit, it's worth the experience. Fortunately for my team and I the weather was on our side and we did managed to summit this beautiful mountain.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Still miss there. I had a wonderful winter hike to panorama point. The landscape and vegetation are different from ADK's. Walking with snowshoe is a fantastic experience with 1-2 ft snow underneath. Looking forward to coming again in summer.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Only been to Panorama Point, but hoping to get to the summit by the end of next August! I have lots of training to do!!!! So excited!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Amazing view and beautiful flowers in late June

Monday, October 12, 2015


Saturday, July 18, 2015

First time to the summit of Rainier with the support of the fantastic guides at RMI! Having been part way up the mountain in the past, even a new climber like me can tell you this year's low snow is way different... loads of ladder bridges, fixed lines and major routing around crevasses and exposed slopes... what an adventure! The climb up to Camp Muir is a great day hike in its own right, with a full pack, even more so. While we stayed at the guided hut, the new public shelter is impressive to say the least though remember to bring your stove, no water up here. Heading up into the glacier from there was something else... steep, long, but awesome just the same. Took around 11 hours of climbing Paradise to top (with half a day at muir of course) and a lot fewer down!

nature trips
Sunday, May 26, 2013

Paradise is the right word to desribe Mount Rainier National Park! I never get tired of this beautiful place.

Friday, October 05, 2012

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Stunning vistas, great trails for hiking and walking, & wildlife viewing. A lot more to do, of course!

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