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.

Winter drivers in the park are required to have snow chains, and may be required to install them at Longmire

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
  • 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
  • Default Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
Map
  • Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269S
  • Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270
  • Red Marker
    46.786368, -121.736423
    46.7863683157 -121.736422777
  • Red Marker
    46.835497, -121.732007
    46.8354972 -121.732007
 
Activities

Upcoming Activities



Winter Mountaineering - Camp Muir & Anvil Rock

Avalanche Safety Field trip: Intermediate Climbing Course
Winter mountaineering will teach emergency shelter and avalanche saftey
Difficulty: Snow Scramble, Winter Scramble, M2 Mountain 2 Ski
Sat, Feb 24, 2018 - Sun, Feb 25, 2018
Prerequisites
6 participants
Registration closes Feb 22
Olympia Branch

Day Hike - Camp Muir & Anvil Rock

Day Hiking Trip
Tacoma Basic Climbing 2018 conditioner Snowshoe and Ski. Carry 30lbs (or 20% of body weight),
Difficulty: Snow Scramble, Winter Scramble, M2 Mountain 2 Ski
Fri, Apr 6, 2018
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
6 participants 6 leaders
Canceled
Tacoma Branch

Conditioner 2 - Camp Muir & Anvil Rock

Day Hiking Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Course Required Conditioner
Difficulty: Snow Scramble, Winter Scramble, M2 Mountain 2 Ski
Fri, Apr 6, 2018
No Prerequisites
4 participants 4 instructors
Registration closes Apr 1
Tacoma 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 5, 2018 - Sun, May 6, 2018
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
2 participants
Registration closes May 3
Seattle Branch

Alpine Scramble - Camp Muir

Scrambling Trip
Conditioner hike to Camp Muir for AS and BC students. This trip does not count
Difficulty: Snow Scramble
Sat, May 26, 2018
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
3 participants on waitlist 0 leaders
Registration closes May 24
Olympia Branch
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