Camp Muir + Environs / 穆爾營+周圍地區

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I last went up to Camp Muir seven years ago. Then in 2016, I was on Muir Snowfield with the Mountaineers folks. We had planned on going up to the camp. But we turned around after someone in the group became ill.

Leaving Muir Peak of Camp Muir
Leaving Muir Peak of Camp Muir

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Camp Muir at a Glance

Environs = Anvil Rock + The Sugarloaf + McClure Rock + Panorama Point + Alta Vista
周圍地區=鐵砧峯+糖麵包+麥克盧爾岩+全景點+阿爾塔維斯塔

Access: Henry M Jackson Visitor Center
Round Trip: TBD
Elevation Range: 5400′-10188′
Gear: none
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: no pets

Camp Muir

I had planned on climbing Liberty Cap this year. The approval for my solo climbing permit came last week. So this weekend, I decided to go up to the camp and acclimatize a bit. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect.

In the past, I have become sick past 10,000 feet. So I wanted to prepare myself well despite having a prescription for my altitude sickness. The pups got in their exercise yesterday. So I felt better about leaving them behind.

In the inversion
In the inversion

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Paradise, Washington

The Paradise visitor center parking lot was half full at 8 AM. It was still misty and damp down below. But the forecast had full-on sunny. So I knew we under the cloud layer. Then I went up the mountain with a full pack as my training weight.

I packed microspikes for the trip. But I also brought snowshoes if I wanted to veer off the main. Or if I ended up in deep snow. Though, several defined paths that led up to the snowfield deemed the gear unnecessary.

Mount Rainier in full display
Mount Rainier in full display

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Muir Snowfield

Along the way, I chatted with a few people. Then the higher I went, the better the visibility. Then as the mist began to disperse, I saw even more people on the mountain. “Oh great, the Mount Si of South Cascades,” I moaned.

Thanks to the heavy foot traffic, I moved through the snowfield efficiently. And before long, I found myself in the upper basin trudging the final 1000′. I’d sometimes turn around to enjoy the sight of Mount Adams‘s tip poking out of the clouds.

Camp Muir below Muir Peak
Camp Muir below Muir Peak

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Muir Peak

Two dozens or so people lounged around Camp Muir. But I walked past the crowds and found some peace behind the buildings. After checking out the Cowlitz Glacier, I then made my way up to Muir Peak.

A guy made his way down from the top as I walked up the scree piles. But I went through the east of the ridge to be out of his way. The ridgeline was narrow and crumbly. Soon, I was looking down at the snowfield from the summit.

Anvil Rock from Muir Peak
Anvil Rock from Muir Peak

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Outro

Several high points adorned the east of Muir Snowfield. But I’ve never had the chance to go up any of them. So this time, on my way down, I wanted to visit them all. Plus, they were all leisurely walk-ups, a stone’s throw away from the main path.

Anvil Peak was the last time I saw the blue sky. After that, I was right back in the mist. Then I went through The Sugarloaf, McClure Rock, Panorama Point, and Alta Vista. Glad I didn’t feel sick this time. So hopefully, it’ll be smooth sailing on Liberty Cap.

Tatoosh Range panoramic view
Tatoosh Range panoramic view

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