|Peak Summited||2021 Camp Muir|
|Type of Hike||Multi-night backpack|
|Trailhead||Paradise Visitor Center|
|Hiking Companions||Hiked with a group|
|Road Conditions||Road suitable for all vehicles|
|Bug Status||No bugs|
|Snow Conditions||Snowfields to cross - could be difficult|
|Trail Conditions||Trail in good condition|
** This hike to Camp Muir was part of a larger summit attempt on Mount Rainier. **
I started the hike on Monday, July 5th at 9:30am with a group of 12 (4 guides, 8 clients including myself) with International Mountain Guides. Their format was to hike steadily for an hour and take a 15-minute break as a group, then repeat. We followed this regimen without fail and it worked nicely with a larger group.
The weather was gorgeous. It was a cloudless, sunny day. The snow was slushier than normal with more rock exposure than is typical this early in July.
We arrived at “Cloud Camp” – the original name for Camp Muir – around 2:30pm. It wasn't this day, but on the descent two days later I could see why it's named cloud camp, as it sits just above where the clouds roll in and you can see rolling white waves for miles.
Overall, it was a refreshing time to hike with people I just met over a snowfield I hadn't climbed in over a year.
I love this hike, this mountain, the view. It always feels hard, but even more, I feel like I'm on top of the world.