Muir Peak of Rainier by Camp Muir + Paradise + Muir Snowfield / 穆爾峯

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Muir Peak by Camp Muir of Mount Rainier perches above Cowlitz Glacier and Muir Snowfield. At the same time, it ranks #3 on the Mount Rainier Massive after Little Tahoma. The touristy Paradise, Washington, offers the most direct and safest way to the peak.

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

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Muir Peak 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

The Preface

I last visited Camp Muir seven years ago. Then 2016, I went up to Muir Snowfield with some Mountaineers folks with the plan to stop by the camp. But we turned around after someone in the group felt ill.

To make the long drive worthwhile, this time, I decided to include other high points along the snowfield. All of which are merely bumps on the ridge and not far from the beaten path.

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Camp Muir Plus Muir Peak

I had planned on climbing Liberty Cap this year. The approval for a solo permit came last week so that the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. Then this weekend went up to Camp Muir and Muir Peak to acclimate.

In the past, I’ve become sick past 10,000 feet. Despite having a prescription for altitude sickness, I wanted to prepare myself well. 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 50% full at 8 AM, misty and damp. But the full-on forecast had me think that we were under a cloud layer. Then I left the car with a full pack as my training weight.

I packed microspikes for the trip. But I also brought snowshoes to veer off the main route or if I ended up in deep snow. However, several defined paths that led up to the snowfield had 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 views improved with elevation gain. As the mist dispersed, I started to see even more people on the mountain. “Oh yes, the Mount Si of South Cascades,” I thought.

The heavy foot traffic allowed me to move through the snowfield quickly. Before long, I found myself in the upper basin trudging the final 1000′. At times, I’d turn around to see Mount Adams‘s top poking out of the clouds.

Camp Muir below Muir Peak
Camp Muir below Muir Peak

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Muir Peak Summit Views

Two dozens or so people lounged around Camp Muir when I arrived. Then I walked past the crowds to find some peace behind the buildings. After checking out Cowlitz Glacier, I made my way to Muir Peak.

A guy was coming down from the top as I walked up the scree piles. Then I went to the east of the narrow and crumbly ridge to be out of his way. Soon, I was looking down at the snowfield from the top.

Anvil Rock from Muir Peak
Anvil Rock from Muir Peak

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Outro

I had yet to visit the few high points adorning east of the Snowfield. So this time, I wanted to stop by them all on the way back. They were all leisurely walk-ups and a stone’s throw away from the main path.

Anvil Peak was the place I last saw the blue sky. Afterward, I was 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 I hope it’ll be smooth sailing on Liberty Cap.

Tatoosh Range panoramic view
Tatoosh Range panoramic view

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