Mount Muir Climber's Log

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Tictacjoe - Oct 31, 2017 11:05 am Date Climbed: Oct 28, 2017

Mount Muir Sumit  Sucess!

The hardest part of the climb is finding the start off the Whitney trail. There's a cairn at the base of a talus shoot up to the summit block. The climb to the summit is straightforward but will definitely get your blood pumping!


Harvest - Aug 15, 2017 3:53 am Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2016

Mt Muir from JMT  Sucess!

Solo ascent from the JMT. Class 3 summit block.


wmolland - Jul 13, 2017 8:03 pm Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2017

From the trail   Sucess!

Those last few moves to the summit keep your attention! Spectacular views of all around from the summit.

utclimber - Oct 16, 2016 5:39 pm

Whitney and Muir  Sucess!

Made the side trip to Mt Muir on the return trip from Whitney.


SchwartzOn - Sep 7, 2016 4:13 pm Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2016

Summit Block Rocks  Sucess!

The best summit block! I've never seen so many perfect slabs back to back. I summited Whitney twice this day, and went on to tag Mount Muir, before descending the way I came up on the Mountaineers Route, or Direct Route. Great views of Whitney, Langley. Definitely worth coming back for.


Romain - Jul 15, 2016 2:00 am Date Climbed: Sep 27, 2002

From the trail  Sucess!

After summiting Whitney with S. Feldmann, I sauntered up Muir late in the day. Snow covered ledges made this more interesting.


BobD3 - Nov 26, 2015 9:14 pm Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2009

9-9-09  Sucess!

First time above 13,000 ft.
First time above 14,000 ft.
First class 3 summit.
First 14'er.
Went on to do Whitney after, another first.
I thought it would be most fitting to make this peak my first 14'er as a humble tribute to the man who did so much to preserve this incredible, sacred wilderness.
Loved the little nubbin summit block. One of the tiniest I've ever been on. Was too dizzy to actually stand on it.
RIP Mr. John Muir. - Oct 22, 2015 3:27 pm Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2012

Whitney Trail  Sucess!

Took a detour off the Whitney Trail


Blackmouth - Sep 25, 2015 1:19 pm Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2015

One more to go  Sucess!

Beautiful fall day in the Eastern Sierra. Solo dayhike up the Mountaineers route to Whitney and then onto Mt. Muir and down the main trail to the portal. 16 hours car to car. Amazing how few people pass up on the opportunity to summit Muir. Middle Pal is my final Ca 14er left.


Scott - Jul 21, 2015 4:46 pm Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2015

Muir  Sucess!

On the descent fro Whitney, Kessler and I took off ahead so that we could climb Mount Muir. Mount Muir was rated class 3 and although I knew that class 3 was generally harder in California than in Colorado, we underestimated Mount Muir. It was harder than I thought it would be. It was quite exposed as well. Since we weren't planning on climbing Muir until we happened to get the overnight permit, I hadn't brought any good climbing shoes and we just had old running shoes. We also didn't have any beta and didn't bring helmets. We probed two different routes before climbing one in the center of the summit block. It wasn't too bad until we had to do a slab traverse to the left with our low-traction shoes (sticky shoes would make this a piece of cake). We got up to the rappel anchor at the overhanging rock, but with our old running shoes we didn't want to stand on the summit. It was fun, but I wish we had brought better shoes (and a helmet).

Still ready for more action, we descended Muir and climbed what our map labeled as Trail Crest Tower. Either the map was wrong or there is a non technical route up the tower, because we didn't do any technical climbing. It was still a great viewpoint.


Kessler - Jul 20, 2015 6:18 pm Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2015

Muir  Sucess!



edsaxe - Jul 14, 2015 1:11 pm Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2015

Sketchy when covered in snow  Sucess!

Started free climbing up the west face from the whitney trail, but the rocks were covered in ice and snow so we used a rope, nuts, and slings to climb up to the summit, amazing exposure and view on top, definitely wouldnt have felt comfortable climbing without a rope because of the snow. downclimbed to the north around the other pinnacle and back towards the west down a small chimney, was alot easier that way.


DukeJH - Jun 25, 2015 2:18 pm Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2014

14er Quest  Sucess!

Tagged on to an impromptu Whitney day hike.

trexkerry - Jan 11, 2015 3:48 am Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2013

Whitney/Muir  Sucess!

2nd time up Whitney but first time up Muir - was a bit nervous on the class 3 climb up. Memorable views, great day! TR is HERE.

asmrz - Jan 3, 2015 10:09 pm Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2012

Normal route and E.Buttress  Sucess!

While guiding for Jim Gurnam's Adventure Travel, my wife Penelope hiked up the Whitney Trail with couple of clients and scrambled up the Muir's regular route in 1999.

In summer of 2012, Pen and I climbed the prow of the East Buttress on good and steep rock.

In January of 2013, Pen and I tried to climb the same East Buttress in winter but the snow on the buttress was unconsolidated and deep. We bailed.


woodstrider - Jan 3, 2015 3:10 pm Date Climbed: Aug 26, 1997

Getting High on Mount Muir  Sucess!

This hike was suggested on the day by my climbing partner, who said basically...hey, we're on the way to Mount Whitney so lets do this peak too. The sharp contrast in experience between these two peaks, to this day, remains in my memory.
While Whitney's summit was rather a large, flat, and open summit crowded with hikers (over 90 had already signed the register when we got there), Muir's summit was a small rock outcrop on which we both could barely get on to- the summit register crammed into a crack. It was very windy and the views were wonderful- I have a summit photo of myself, my hat firmly strapped to my head, with the "100 switchbacks" behind me. I was scared and I look it. This was my third 14K. I hope to return.


Dalian - Oct 11, 2014 7:42 pm

On the way to Mount Whitney  Sucess!

I climbed Mount Muir on the way to Mount Whitney. Sometime in 2011, if not 2010.


mengbo - Sep 15, 2014 12:31 am Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2014

day hike  Sucess!

solo day hike via mountaineer route, returned from main route. also climbed Young and Hale same day.


cdog - Aug 31, 2014 1:14 pm Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2014

awesome summit  Sucess!

neat summit and well worth the jaunt from the main Whitney Trail. We left a little too early and had some extra scrambling to reach the summit blocks. There was a register in place in an ammunition box a few feet short of the top, with plenty of recent entries. We found a ridiculous rappel setup someone had rigged with a solid looking webbing and rap ring anchor supporting some small clothesline-type cheap rope. Did someone actually trust their life to this?? Anyhow, there was certainly some exposure, with the easy hands traverse being the key to the climb. Fun!


psuthe - Aug 20, 2014 10:24 am Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2014

Finally  Sucess!

I have been trying to reach the summit of this one for 5 years, but have been rejected each year for one reason or another. Summiting from the Whitney trail, I wasn't sure if I needed ropes or not based on other posts. With the posted pics and YouTube videos, it was very straight forward - I was totally fine with no protection.

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