The trail from Paradise Inn to Camp Muir is difficult, steep at times, and crosses snowfields on the Paradise Glacier. Do not underestimate the difficulty of this climb and bring appropriate cold weather and rain gear to protect from hypothermia even on clear days. The climb up to Panorma Point is particularly steep and, depending upon snow conditions, crampons and ice axe may be required for this section. At camp Muir there is a public bunk house that is built into a rock band at approximately 10,200 feet. There are public toilets and sleeping accommodations to weather out any storm here. Camp Muir is located just under Gibraltar rock between the Nisqually glacier and the Cowlitz glacier.<
Follow 706 East through Ashford, Washington to Mt. Rainier National Park. There is a Ranger station where entrance to the park is gained for a $30 fee for climbers, $20 for hikers. From there the road continues up through the park to Paradise. At paradise, there is an inn, food, and lodging, and one can gain access to the Camp Muir Trail.
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Posted By: wadehenry
- Sat Mar 14 21:11:10 UTC 2015
UpsideSpectacular views on a clear day of four volcanoes: Adams, St Helen's, Hood, and, of course, Rainier itself. A fantastic workout too: 1460m elevation gain over 6 km to the top (and in thinning air). DownsideI didn't experience any ill effects of altitude, but some might. Since the park gates close at 17:00 during the winter, you need to be at the gate when it opens at 9:00 AM in order to allow for enough time to go up, down, and back through the gate. CommentI was one of the fastest on the mountain on a very busy day and it still took me 3.5 hours from Paradise to Camp Muir. Add on 30 minutes at the Camp and 2 hours to get down, plus 30 minutes for contingencies= allow yourself 6.5 hours for the return trip. I did this in mid-February with microspikes for lower parts (not too icy), snowshoes at about 8000 feet, and ice-axe for the glissade down from Panorama Point. Crampons instead of microspikes would be advised on icier conditions.