Muir Snowfield and Camp Muir - Archive

Here is a link to a bearing map provided by the NPS.
August 21, 2006

August has taken its toll on the Muir Snowfield, but the hike to Camp Muir is still fun and predominantly on snow above Pebble Creek, which has now melted out up to about 7,500ft. There is new vegetation growing in the freshly melted meadows above the Pebble Creek crossing. Please take care to stay on the trail. Hiking off the trail destroys these delicate plants and flowers. It also creates side trails that erode and encourage others to stray as well.

The snowfields above 7,500ft are getting smaller and are separated by newly exposed rocks outcropping in a few spots. There is a slab melted out with a small waterfall running down the rock at around 8,000ft. Be careful walking on the edges of the snowfields. The snow is often melted and hollowed around rocks near the surface. Be ready to fall through to the rocks in these areas.

Above the waterfall, the snowfield is more intact. There is a steeper icy section around 9,000ft, where it can be slick if conditions are frozen. If it is warmer this section is slushy and wet. The rest of the snowfield is in good shape and is straightforward. Skiing on the snow field currently is not recommended. The snow has 2-3ft sun cups, and the icy section and rock outcroppings are not appealing either. So, unless, we get a fresh dump of snow, leave the skis at home.

Sunscreen, sunglasses, food and plenty of water are a must for any trip to Muir. An extra layer of clothes is also always good since it tends to get colder the higher you get. Bring your own map or grab a handout with compass/GPS bearings from the Jackson Visitor Center before you go. Remember to bring ALL of your extra fuel, equipment, and trash back down from Muir.


~ Philip Edmonds

July 22

Snow on the way to Camp Muir has been melting fast with all the recent hot weather. Be especially mindful of staying on maintained trails during this time. The hike is almost snow-free from Paradise to Pebble Creek. There is flowing water at Pebble Creek, and at the bottom of a rocky patch at around 8000 feet, to fill water bottles. Skiers can get approx 2200' of skiing on the snowfield from Muir to Pebble Creek.

Sunscreen, sunglasses, food and plenty of water are a must for any trip to Muir. An extra layer of clothes is also always good since it tends to get colder the higher you get. Bring your own map or grab a handout with compass/GPS bearings from the Jackson Visitor Center before you go. Remember to bring ALL of your extra fuel, equipment, and trash back down from Muir.

July 13

The hike to Camp Muir has been very popular the last couple of weeks due to the sunny weather we have been having. The snow is melting quickly in the paradise meadows, so expect patchy snow until you get to Pebble Creek...no more skiing to the parking lot. From there the route up the snowfield to Camp Muir is well wanded and very well traveled. If you are planning on going up the snowfield for a day hike or to camp at Muir for the night don't forget a few essentials. Sunscreen, sunglasses, food and plenty of water are a must. An extra layer of clothes is also always good since it tends to get colder the higher you get. Bring your own map or grab a handout with compass/GPS bearings from the Jackson Visitor Center before you go. Expect soft snow on the snowfield, especially if the sun is out and always pay attention to the weather since it can change rapidly. Please remember to pack out all the trash you may generate, and help preserve the fragile vegetation by staying on marked trails or on snow.

The bearing sheet can be downloaded at this address: http://www.nps.gov/mora/climb/images/mapcompass.pdf

Camp Muir Snowfield and Camp Muir on June 3rd

There is a wind crust at about 9000 feet, along with a good boot track that keeps you from post-holing. RMI has route well-wanded all the way up.

May 21

There is great coverage all the way up. Most people are still using the winter trail up to Pan Point. Beyond that, the trail is very well wanded all the way to Muir. There has been a lot of traffic and there is a great boot pack all the way. The snow was pretty soft and in places, it was easy to posthole; however, if you stayed in the boot track, the footing was fine.


The skiing on the snowfield was excellent. There was a dusting of snow on Saturday which made for perfect corn above 8500'. On Sunday, it all froze and the snow was rock hard down to about 8500', but below that it was a wonderful 3" of soft wet snow on top of a frozen base so it was fun fast skiing.

The chute down onto the Nisqually was stellar and fairly easy to traverse back up to the main trails at the Glacier Vista overlook (we did not have to put our skins back on). There are also two really fun kickers just below glacier vista :)

All in all it's in pretty darn good shape for skiing. I would say folks don't need crampons unless they plan to travel really early or really late in the day. Skis or a board will make it lots of fun and I don't think snowshoes are that helpful since the boot pack is so well traveled.

At Camp Muir...


The Public Shelter was significantly refurbished last summer. The new interior design increases the usable space markedly. The bunks are organized to accommodate more people, as is the storage and cooking space. So far, the comments have been very positive; in particular, many expressed appreciation of the increased lighting.

If you plan to stay in the public shelter, please keep it clean! Always secure the door when leaving, as a small crack will fill the hut with snow during storms. Never leave anything (food, gas, and gear.) Also, overnight travelers should consider bringing their own shelter in case theyÂ’re unable to make it to Camp Muir, or find that the shelter is already full. At this time, the public shelter and toilet are accessible.


Please do your part to keep the mountain clean. Petrified feces and toilet paper flags strewn along the climbing routes and crusted on rocks near bivi sites are unsightly and unsanitary. Remember that everyone on the mountain melts snow for drinking water. All parties are required to pack their solid human waste off the mountain when not using the toilets at Camp Muir and Camp Schurman. Blue bags are available with climbing permits. Blue bags may be deposited in the large black barrels at Camp Muir or at Paradise. The barrel at Paradise is located in the restroom tunnel next to the menÂ’s room.