ElevationAscent: 4,594' 1,400 m
Descent: -4,592' -1,400 m
High: 10,054' 3,064 m
Low: 5,460' 1,664 m
GradeAvg Grade: 20% (11°)
Max Grade: 123% (51°)
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“Beautiful mountain views that are well-worth the hard work.”— Chris Gossage
Camp Muir and the Muir Snowfield are nearly surrounded by glaciers: the Nisqually Glacier to the west, the Cowlitz Glacier to the north and east, and the Paradise Glacier to the south and east. A minor error in navigation may lead you onto these glaciers where there are numerous crevasses and other hazards. Stay on course.
While traversing the Muir Snowfield, approach rock islands with care because of holes which form around rocks as snow melts. Crevasses occasionally open up on the snowfield in the vicinity of Anvil Rock in late summer and may be hidden by snow.
Once you reach McClure Rock, take a look up the hill at the path other hikers have taken and use it to keep you on course. The snowfield is wide and open giving awesome views on a clear day. It comes in handy if you have some type of altimeter to gauge your progress, but it is not a requirement. Depending on the conditions you can make this hike with regular footwear, but your should consider crampons, ice axe and plenty of food and clothes.
The weather has a way of changing without notice and people have died in June on the Muir Snowfield. Review the weather reports, respect the environment, be safe, and enjoy.
If you're looking to hike to Camp Muir with a guided group, check out the REI Classes & Events page.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Mount Rainier National Park