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.