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.


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.


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.


  • 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
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270
  • Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX

Upcoming Activities

MAC Scramble - Camp Muir & Anvil Rock

Scrambling Field trip: Mountaineers Adventure Club - Tacoma
An excellent conditioning outing to Mt. Rainier's primary base camp.
Difficulty: Snow Scramble, Winter Scramble, M2 Mountain 2 Ski
Sun, Apr 7, 2019
No Prerequisites
7 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Apr 5
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 18, 2019 - Sun, May 19, 2019
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
2 participants
Registration closes May 16
Seattle Branch

Winter Scramble - Camp Muir

Scrambling Trip
Difficulty: Snow Scramble, Winter Scramble
Sun, May 26, 2019
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
7 participants 1 leader
Registration opens Jan 31
Olympia Branch
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