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Indian Henry's Hunting Ground via Kautz Creek

Trail route from Nisqually road at Kautz Creek to Indian Henry's Hunting Ground.
Map of the Indian Henry's Hunting Ground Trail route from Kautz Creek.  Use of a topographic map of the area is recommended.

Trail Description:

Distance, round-trip:

11.5 miles

Elevation gain:

3000 feet

Hiking time, round-trip:

6 to 8 hours

Wilderness camps:


Note: Indian Henry's Hunting Ground may also be reached by a seperate trail from Longmire. See separate page listing.

The trailhead is located across the road from the Kautz Creek Picnic Area where parking is available. Follow the wood covered walkway for about 100’ and the trail begins on the left side (observe the trailhead signs).

It begins at the Kautz Creek Picnic Area along the road from the Nisqually Entrance to Longmire. The total distance from the trailhead to Indian Henrys is about 5.8 miles. From the trailhead the trail follows along Kautz Creek for about 1 mile before crossing the creek on a log bridge and the enters old growth forest. In another half mile the trail begins a series of switchbacks and climbs steeply through forests for another 2 miles before emerging along the south flank of Mount Ararat. The trail soon enters a series of meadows before climbing a final ridge and descending to the ranger cabin in the meadows of Indian Henrys. These areas are the home of bear as well as deer and other animals. This trail is a favorite of winter and early spring backcountry travelers and climbers.

Along the

Near the trailhead there is evidence of the Kautz Creek flood of about 50 years ago with boulder fields and many large dead trees still standing. Across Kautz Creek is old growth forest with some small streams. After 2 .5 miles a small stream is crossed and the trail then winds along a ridge before entering several small meadows with streams intermittently crossed. Before reaching the large meadows near Mount Ararat the trail is rather steep and care should be taken. From Mt. Ararat to Indian Henrys, the meadows are generally in full bloom from mid -July through August. Fall colors are impressive generally from mid-September into October.

Did You Know?

The toe of Carbon Glacier appears dirty as it is covered in silt. Mount Rainier is in the background.

Carbon Glacier, on the north side of Mount Rainier, comes to the lowest elevation of any glacier in the lower 48 states at 3500 feet. It is also Mount Rainier's thickest glacier, one section being nearly 700 feet thick.