Indian Henrys Hunting Ground Trail

Ashford, Washington 98304

Indian Henrys Hunting Ground Trail

Indian Henrys Hunting Ground Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Indian Henrys Hunting Ground is one of those place names given by someone with no creativity. That is, this area was actually the favorite hunting ground of Indian Henry, an early mountain guide. The fact that it was a popular hunting area, however, suggests that hikers might enjoy it as a wildlife viewing area today.

The meadows surrounding the old historic cabin in the Hunting Ground are wonderfully diverse in both flora and fauna. The meadows also provide glorious views of Mount Rainier and the lesser summits of Copper Mountain, Pyramid Peak, and Iron Mountain. Note: Check with the ranger before heading out to make sure the footbridge across Kautz Creek is intact, especially if you are doing an early-season hike."

Indian Henrys Hunting Ground Trail Reviews

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Indian Henry's Hunting Ground is not easy to get to from the Kautz Creek Trail. Parts of it are steep and dry. But the destination is worth it. Take time to chat with the ranger in the cabin and watch for bears. You might just see the resident mama blackie and a cub.
After making the leg up the Kautz Creek Trail, I intersected the Wonderland. I headed south. It was a bit over a mile to the Devils Dream Campground and the trail was easy going. From there the trail was pretty much an constant descent to the Kautz Creek crossing. From the creek there was a bit of a climb over the ridge and then again it resumed a descent. I met a couple of couples out for short hikes and one couple that seemed to be totally in the wrong place. The weather was clear and warm. The going was fairly easy, other than the pounding of my knees. Of course launching the Wonderland from Longmire means for the most part you are in a steady climb to meadow where the Kautz Creek Trail intersects, about a 6 mile hump. After I reached Longmire I began the hike back to my car which was still at the Kautz Creek parking area. It was an easy hike, just over 3 miles. Overall a great day of hiking.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,500 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2,900 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,300 feet
Top Elevation
Longmire Wilderness Information Center
Local Contacts
Green Trails Mount Rainier West, No. 269
Local Maps