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Camp Muir is the highest point accessible on Mount Rainier without a climbing permit, offering spectacular views of glaciers, crevasses, rockfall, and seracs from a maximum elevation point of more than 10,000 feet. The eight-mile round-trip hiking route begins at the Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise and features two miles of paved trails before transitioning into rocky pathways crossing restored meadows formerly used as golf course and ski resort land. The historic encampment, which is named for natural John Muir, an influential figure in establishing Mount Rainier National Park, is visible around 9,000 feet and showcases two century-old stone structures, including a former public shelter for mountain climbers. Hikers frequently use the trail as a jumping-off point for mountain climbing, though in its own right, it provides ample opportunity for wildlife watching and panoramic views.
Paradise Rd E, Ashford, WA 98304
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