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Mission to Camp Muir

Peak Summited2022 Camp Muir
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadParadise parking lot
EncounteredWildflowers blooming
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusBugs were not too bad
Snow ConditionsSnowfields to cross - could be difficult
Trail ConditionsMinor obstacles posing few problems

Husband was acclimating at Camp Muir with a climbing team this weekend (wind was too bad Tuesday night, so they didn’t try for the summit), so I hoofed it up to Camp Muir Sunday night to say hello. Added pressure to complete the mission was the team’s need for a new water filter cartridge that I had with me. Fortunately conditions were lovely despite the hot weather. Left from the Paradise parking at 8:30am. Snow before Pebble creek was not difficult to navigate or cross if you have poles or boots with good traction (one can compensate for lack of the other. I had the boots). Breeze on the snowfield was a nice relief from the sun, and the views of Mt Rainier in front and tatoosh range, st Helens and Mt Adams behind is tough to beat. Kept stopping to look around, which also helped me catch my breath on the final hills. Made it to Camp Muir in 4 hours, 15 minutes. Chatted with my husband about how things were going, gifted the water filter cartridge, collected a video of my husband for our toddler and was heading back down by 1:30. Some epic glissading made the snowfield go fast (thank you to the two hikers who let me follow their well-chosen glissade chutes). Was back at the car by 4pm. Drank nearly 3.5 of my 4 liters (and most of that was on the way up).

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