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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.

Length 14.7 mi Elevation gain 8,986 ft 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

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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.

Parking is available at Paradise, WA though summer crowds can make for quite a busy start. Arriving early in the morning usually affords climbers a prime spot where cars can be left overnight. Water and restrooms at Paradise. Restrooms only at Camp Muir.

Mt. Rainier Climbing Pass Site http://www.nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/climbing.htm Rainier Mountain Guides http://www.rmiguides.com/ Very Detailed Route and Mountain Info http://www.summitpost.org/mount-rainier/150291 Skiing the Cascades Mt. Rainier Info http://www.skimountaineer.com/CascadeSki/CascadeSki.php?name=Rainier

You will need to obtain a climbers pass for $30. Look up the Mt. Rainier National Park website for info on obtaining one of these over the internet. There is also a $20 entrance fee to get into the park, but after that parking is free at the Paradise Parking lot below the ranger station. Directions: From Seattle to Elbe/Ashford: Take I-5 South to Exit 127 off I-5 to SR 512 E Take SR 512 E to SR 7 Head South on 7 to Elbe and SR 706 Take SR 706 E to Ashford From Portland to Elbe/Ashford: Take I-5 North to US 12, Exit 68 Take 12 E to Morton and SR 7 Take SR 7 North to Elbe and SR 706 Take SR 706 East to Ashford From Ashford follow SR 706 E towards Mount Rainier to reach the Paradise parking lot.

Mt Rainier National Park Paradise Visitor Center for the easiest route up via Camp Muir and Disappointment Cleaver.

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david morgan
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Would like to find others to summit Rainier on July 22-23, depending on weather, one day climb on DC route. Contact is dbm462000@gmail.com

Road Trip Rohan
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Planning on Doing this in 2021 Interested or whoever is on same boat please message on Instagram: @roadtriprohan

Taco Nicholas
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looki9ng for a third on jun24-25. going straight to Ingraham Wednesday, for an early summit Thursday morning. reach me @ nicholassummet@gmail.com

Cody JP
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Looking for a fourth to a current three man crew to make a summit push on 6/19, email me Steelersfan9412 @gmail.com if you're interested!!

David Rubio
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Looking for experienced partners to summit this summer! (Late June, early July). Anyone interested? Let’s talk! rubiodavid1981@gmail.com

Brian Fleischman
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Two summits the past two years, my number one piece advice for prospective summiteers is get in the best shape of your life. Second time I was in much better shape and it was WAY more fun. The best test I can recommend is, put 55 pounds on your back and get from the bottom of Mt. Si to the top in 2 hours or less. The following day, put 25 pounds on your back and get up in 1:45 or less. If you can do that without feeling like you are going to die, then you are ready. Enjoy this climb, it is otherworldly. Be thorough and methodical with your safety equipment.

Sean Jennings
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Missed the Summit by a few hundred yards. Two day hike. Did not acclimate well. Outstanding views. Terrain not too challenging for a beginner mountaineer like me. Definitely coming back

Paco Armenta
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Amaizing views! Just a beautiful place!

Mike Farley
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Looking for experienced partner(s) to go up with summer 2020, very serious and flexible on the dates, message me mikael.farley@hotmail.com

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

Peter Smith
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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.

mike millington
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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.

Zac Crickenberger
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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.

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Chuck Nordhoff
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Mount Rainier summit back Camp Muir

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Rhetta Cypert
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Whoo, what a ride! Summited July 29, 2019. Physically very challenging, but not impossible. It was more scary than I was expecting, Disappointment Cleaver at 3 AM is kinda freaky, but to me - much more fun on the way down in daylight. About 5 small 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.

Nandini Chaturvedi
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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.

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

Steve Unwin
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First crux is the Disappointment Cleaver. Second crux is your own brain telling you what an idiot you are around, say, 13,500'. Third and worst crux is descending the snowfield without falling on your ass 400 times.

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