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/…
Wilderness passes are required for all overnight camping and glacial travel. Climbing passes are required for all trips above 10,000 ft.
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.
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
Shared By: Ben Stone