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    Mount Rainier

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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:

None

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

Park at the Kautz Creek Picnic Area and take the trailhead located across the road. From the trailhead follows Kautz Creek for about 1 mile before crossing the creek on a log bridge and enters old growth forest. In another half mile the trail begins a series of switchbacks and climbs steeply through forest for another 2 miles before emerging along the south flank of Mount Ararat. The trail enters a series of meadows before climbing a final ridge and descending to the ranger cabin in the meadows of Indian Henry's.


Along the
Trail:


Near the trailhead there is evidence of the Kautz Creek flood of about 70 years ago with boulder fields and many large dead trees still standing. At Indian Henry's, meadows are generally in full bloom from mid -July through August. Fall colors are impressive generally from mid-September into October.

Backpacking:

Current trail conditions are available park-wide from wilderness information centers, ranger stations, and visitor centers. Fires are prohibited. No pets on trails. Treat water before drinking.

Did You Know?

President Taft visits Paradise in 1911.

In 1911, President William Howard Taft's touring car was the first vehicle to drive the newly-built road to Paradise. The road was very muddy, and the car had to be pulled through the upper portion by a team of mules. Learn more about Mount Rainier's transportation history at the following link: More...