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Muir Snowfield

Intermediate
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3.8 mile 6.1 kilometer point to point
Ski Line
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -4,643' -1,415 m
High: 10,077' 3,072 m
Low: 5,434' 1,656 m

Grade

Avg Slope: 23% (13°)
Max Slope: 35% (19°)
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Trail shared by Ben Stone

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A classic PNW summer shred.

Ben Stone
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry
See restrictions on the Muir Camp Approach (Summer -> Late Summer)

Need to Know

CHECK WEATHER. White outs on the Muir Snowfield can be deadly as there are heavily crevassed glaciers and cliffs on both sides of the snowfield. Good navigation and sound judgement are encouraged. Also, Muir Snowfield itself DOES CREVASSE in late Summer / early Fall. Be carful and when in doubt, hug Anvil and Moon rocks on the upper mountain.

Description

Enjoy a beautiful +4,000 ft. descent, making beautiful giant turns as you gaze out onto Adams, Hood, and Jefferson on a clear day. Try and not make the miserable post-holing mountaineers too jealous as you rip nice corn down a mellow and expansive slope, wide enough to lay down some epic turns. Be careful not to lose control though, as a slip over the cliffs above the Nisqually could be fatal.

Zip down to the Paradise parking lot at 5,400 ft, or as far as the snow will allow in the summer. By late summer / early fall, the snow line is usually around Pebble Creek ~7,400 ft, about 1-1.5 miles from the Paradise parking lot.

For more information, see Muir Camp Approach (Summer -> Late Summer)

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Oct 5, 2019
Zack Wentz
Camped @ Muir for 1 night. Great morning pow laps on Saturday AM.
May 26, 2019
Caitlin Duffy
3.8mi
Nov 11, 2018
Skyler Graves
Jul 4, 2018
Josh Duncan
Feb 10, 2018
Ryan Sinit
3mi — 3h 00m
Mar 17, 2017
D14411 F
Like skiing a parking lot, probably my fault for trying after a long warm cycles followed by a deep freeze. The uphill was fun, downhill challenging 3.2mi

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Muir Snowfield under a full moon. Pure magic.
Mar 25, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
Catching some sunrise turns in on the Muir Snowfield.
Mar 25, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
Classic early Fall conditions coming out of Pebble Creek. If you really need a fix, Muir Snowfield can satisfy your needs 12 months a year!
Mar 25, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
Be prepared for a bit of walking in the summer!
Mar 25, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
Muir Snowfield under a clear full moon is something to be experienced.
Mar 25, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
You would have never guessed she was suffering for severe altitude sickness at this point!
Mar 24, 2015 near Eatonville, WA

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