Camp Muir Mt. Rainier 1 Day Glacier Trip Hike Pack List

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    The hike to Camp Muir is a wonderland of beauty with sites that are so stunning, you’ll wonder if they’re otherworldly. This is me and my son.

    1 Day Glacier Trip Camp Muir Pack List

Check the weather forecast and adjust these items accordingly. If you plan on climbing Mt. Rainier or other Mountain summit, use this hike as a way to test your gear.

If you want a recount of my last hike up to Camp Muir, go to this blog.

If you would like some tips regarding hiking Camp Muir, go here.

I’ve compiled a list here and I have chosen some specific items based on what I personally found has worked and I have also researched some of the best items in each category.


Portable chair to sit in as you gear up at Paradise.

Large backpack you are using for your climb if this trip is a practice for your climb

Insulated Sit Pad


Large garbage bag to sit and slide on if there is glissading

Compass and/or GPS- optional if going with someone else who has them and trail map with bearings

Map of trails. 

Trekking poles w/ baskets or ski poles. I can’t tell you how much I love my Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork Trekking Poles. They’re light, rugged, functional, and comfortable. I use these with snow baskets for snowshoeing. At the time of writing this blog they are less expensive on Amazon than REI.


Fully charged cell phone. Turn to wifi as you are hiking to save the battery.

Solar Portable Charger. For training hikes I like to have a solar portable charger for charging my phone like this one shown here:

Watch, optional

Ice ax- ask group leader if necessary

Money for food plus $30 for Mt. Rainier park entrance fee (check their website for current fee)

Personal first aid kit: Ibuprofen–works best for altitude headaches, Blister kit, band aids, personal meds, wound care, peppermints or mint gum for nausea


2 full water bottles (2 quarts total) AND 1 quart Gatorade or equivalent. Be sure to keep these bottles INSIDE your pack. If they were placed in a pouch on the outside of your pack and they fell out, you would be without fluids.

Big Lunch Plus snacks: What worked well for me (a 120 pound woman) was a turkey and cheese sandwich, 1 cup fresh cherries, 3 Kind bars and some nuts. I also pack a snack and water or the car ride there and snacks and water for the ride home. Use this hike as practice for the food you will be taking with you on your climb. I like large pretzels (large don’t crumble to tiny bits), trail mix, Creative Snack Co. brain food, Cheetos, granola, sports bars, lemon hard candy, chocolate covered coffee beans, etc.

Other hiking snack food here.


Kleenex and/or Toilet paper in ziplock. Roll of TP to donate and leave at Camp Muir (The climbers appreciate having the TP as there sometimes isn’t any)

Sunscreen: Zinc Oxide based 45+ AND waterproof. Apply every 60 minutes. Including up your nose and in your ears.

Zinc based Lip balm with 15+ sunscreen. Apply every 60 minutes.This Naked Bee zinc lipbalm is the one I use for outdoor sports including sailing. 

Handwipes, about 5 in a ziplock.

Quickdry handtowel- use to wipe away sweat before applying sunscreen. I grommet these towels and attach to a carabiner on my pack so it is readily available. And if you do sailing trips, you will appreciate this tip: I make grommets in my towels to hang on the safety nets to dry.

CLOTHING  check weather updates

T-shirt- quick dry, wicking material

If over 50 degrees: Shorts, nylon or other quick dry, wicking material

If under 50 degrees: hiking pants

Fleece sweatshirt

Optional: Sunshade Technical Hoody.  This high quality Prana hoody is awesome and the price is less than the popular Patagonia one.

Waterproof shell jacket and pants

Brimmed hat

Warm ski cap

Ear Headband- optional

Bandana-white or other light color is best. Or use a rectangle of white fabric. Wear this under your hat to shield your ears and neck.

Sun Protection Face Mask

Gaiters, if >50 degrees use desert gaiters. Make sure your gaiters fit the boots you will be climbing with.

Hiking socks 2 pairs, you can change into a dry pair at Camp Muir, ahhhhhh, feels so much better

Lightweight gloves

Sturdy, watersealed, well-fitting hiking boots with big traction

Microspikes or Yak Trax. I prefer the microspikes

Glacier glasses or good quality sunglasses (the bigger the lens the better). You can make side shield with cardboard or foil and duct tape.

These Julbo Glacier Glasses are a great choice at a great price.

If under 50 degrees: Long thermal wicking, underwear, top and bottom. Light colored is best.

Warm gloves.

If under 50 degrees: Extra warm fleece or down or wool jacket to have in case of severe cold. I like a full zip fleece because I can easily unzip it to cool off.


Tennis shoes or sandals. Your tired feet will thank you!

Snack and water to leave in car

Change of clothes for after- optional


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