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3.8

Miles

6.1

KM

Ski Line

10,077' 3,072 m

High

5,434' 1,656 m

Low

0' 0 m

Up

4,643' 1,415 m

Down

23%

Avg Slope (13°)

35%

Max Slope (19°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry
In the winter, there is a gate closure at Longmire. Currently (March 15), the gate hours are 9:00-18:00 Monday through Friday // 8:00-21:00 on Saturday and Sunday. Note that the uphill gate closes a full hour before the official closing. (Check for more info: nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/… or twitter.com/MountRainierNPS)

Wilderness passes are required for all overnight camping and glacial travel. Climbing passes are required for all trips above 10,000 ft.

Overview

Enjoy a beautiful +4,000 ft. descent, making beautiful giant turns as you gaze out onto Adams, Hood, and Jefferson on a clear day.

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 careful and when in doubt, hug Anvil and Moon rocks on the upper mountain.

Description

Try to 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.

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Ben Stone

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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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Oct 23, 2023
Devon Krum
10.7mi — 11h 16m
Mar 3, 2020
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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
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