9.12.16 Hike of the Week: Kautz Creek | Visit Rainier
Kautz Creek

9.12.16 Hike of the Week: Kautz Creek

Area: Kautz Creek
Hike Type:  Alpine Views
Pass: Natl. Park Pass
Distance: 11.6 mi RT Duration: 7 hrs Difficulty Level: Strenuous
Snow-Free: July – Oct High Point:  5,600 Elevation Gain: 3,200

Features: historic guard station, wildflowers, alpine views, solitude

There are three ways to get to the fabled wildflower meadows and Rainier-reflecting tarns of Indian Henry’s Hunting Ground. None of them are easy. This route via the Kautz Creek Trail takes you up and along a knolled high ridge shrouded in alpine meadows. In season flowers and huckleberries are bountiful. Views of the Mountain and ridges and peaks south and east are breathtaking. And crowds? Not on this trail.

Read the Trail Description