Camp Muir & Anvil Rock

A very strenuous, 10 mile scramble or ski trip with 4,600 feet of elevation gain from Paradise on the slopes of Mount Rainier. Anvil Rock, a popular scramble, is also located along this classic northwest route.

getting there

From SR 7 in Elbe, turn east onto SR 706, both known as the National Park Highway. Continue through the Nisqually Entrance of Mount Rainier National Park. Be prepared to pay the fee just after entering the park. Drive 19 miles to Paradise.

In winter, ALL drivers in the park are required to carry snow chains or equivalent traction devices—this includes those with a 4-wheel or  all-wheel drive vehicle. Those without a 4-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicle may be required to install them at Longmire or beyond.

APPROACH & Ascent

Begin at the Paradise parking lot. Depending on the season you may be starting on snow or you can pick one of the many trails that travels up the hillside towards the Muir Snowfield. Later in the season you'll travel from a botanical garden of wildflowers to rocks and then the Muir Snowfield with Mount Rainier in full view the whole way. At Camp Muir views of the Tatoosh Range, the southern Cascades and far down to Oregon are a sight that you will remember forever.

ANVIL ROCK

At 8,640 feet you'll reach a rocky promontory which forms the leading edge of a ridge that connects to the 9,584-foot Anvil Rock. To reach the small summit simply traverse about a half mile from this point heading north-northeast.

notes

  • No camping is allowed in Paradise parking area. The nearest car camping available at Cougar Rock Campground.
  • Difficulty: Snow Scramble, Winter Scramble, M2 Mountain 2 Ski, Very Strenuous
  • Length: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,600 ft
  • 10,000 ft
  • Land Manager: Mount Rainier National Park
    Mount Rainier Wilderness
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
Map
  • Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270
  • Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
Activities

Upcoming Activities



Basic Glacier Travel - SIG Snow Field Trip - Camp Muir & Anvil Rock

Climbing Field trip: Basic Glacier Travel Course
SIG overnight snow field trip
Difficulty: Snow Scramble, Winter Scramble, M2 Mountain 2 Ski, Very Strenuous
Sat, Apr 27, 2019 - Sun, Apr 28, 2019
Prerequisites
1 participant 0 instructors
Registration closed Apr 17
Seattle Branch

Alpine Scramble - Camp Muir & Anvil Rock

Scrambling Trip
A hike up to Camp Muir. Priority goes to my SIG. This will be dependent
Difficulty: Snow Scramble, Winter Scramble, M2 Mountain 2 Ski, Very Strenuous
Sat, May 4, 2019
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
2 participants 1 leader
Registration closes May 2
Seattle Branch

Alpine Scramble - Camp Muir

Scrambling Trip
A nice Spring warm-up and we will catch Anvil Rock on the way down. This
Difficulty: Snow Scramble
Sat, May 11, 2019
Prerequisites
5 participants on waitlist 0 leaders
Registration closes May 9
Seattle Branch

Winter Scramble - Camp Muir & Anvil Rock

Scrambling Trip
Olympia extra skills and altitude hike to Camp Muir - Oly scrambling students have priority!!!
Difficulty: Snow Scramble, Winter Scramble, M2 Mountain 2 Ski
Sun, May 12, 2019
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
3 participants 0 leaders
Registration closes May 1
Olympia Branch

Seattle Basic SIG SNOW FT - SIG Snow Overnight (Snow Anchors & Belays, Crevasse Rescue, Snow Camping, & Roped Travel) - Camp Muir & Anvil Rock

Climbing Field trip: Basic Alpine Climbing Course
Basic SIG SNOW Field Trip - SIG Snow Overnight (Snow Anchors & Belays, Crevasse Rescue,
Difficulty: Snow Scramble, Winter Scramble, M2 Mountain 2 Ski
Sat, May 18, 2019 - Sun, May 19, 2019
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
1 participant
Registration closes May 16
Seattle Branch

Winter Scramble - Camp Muir

Scrambling Trip
This is a conditioner hike for Olympia AS and Olympia BC students meant to satisfy
Difficulty: Snow Scramble, Winter Scramble
Sun, May 26, 2019
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
1 participant on waitlist 0 leaders
Registration closes May 23
Olympia Branch
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