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Amazing First Hike to Camp Muir

Peak Summited2020 Camp Muir
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadParadise Visitor Center/Skyline Trail
EncounteredWildflowers blooming
Hiking CompanionsHiked with a partner
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnowfields to cross - could be difficult
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

We left the trailhead at 6:45am and made it to Muir by noon.  The weather was amazing…not a cloud in the sky! The snowfields were hard and somewhat icy in the morning, which made the ascent easier. Highly recommend using micro spikes and poles but we saw some people in boots.

There were 3 crevasses opening up on the snowfields below Muir.  One of these was about a foot wide and they can sneak up on you. Hikers were looking out for each other and helping people to find the best place to cross.

This was my first time hiking to Muir and I was worried about the altitude. I've experienced altitude sickness around 7000 feet.  To mitigate this I spent the night near Paradise so I could acclimate to the higher elevation.  I also drank lots of water a few days leading up to the hike and on the day of the hike.  Make sure to also eat snacks along the way and take breaks if needed.  I was able to reach the top with no issues.

We ate lunch at the camp and then headed back down about 1.5 hours later.  We were able to glissade on the way down with saved time and was so much fun!

 

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