Kautz Creek Trail

Ashford, Washington 98304

Kautz Creek Trail

Kautz Creek Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The Kautz Creek drainage has been ravaged by floods, decimated by fires, and rearranged by mud slides. This area offers a great lesson in the dynamic nature of a Cascades volcano. The biggest threat facing this trail is the fact that the Kautz Creek valley has been flushed by floods repeatedly over the years, with the most recent scouring being the winter 2006 flood that not only rearranged the trail but took out a section of the road.

Repairs were expected but weren’t begun at the time of this writing, so before heading out for this hike, be sure to contact the ranger to ensure the route has been rebuilt and reopened."

Kautz Creek Trail Reviews

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As I left home and made my way to Mt. Rainier the fog was a bit heavy in places. However, as I made my way through Eatonville I began to notice impressive light effects playing on the fog and the trees. The fog for the most part burned off by the time I made the trail head. I was impressed that it was vacant and I was the first car in the parking area. I stretched and made my way to the trail. The trail was wide and flat, easy going. It remained this way until I reached Kautz Creek. From there the trail began to makes it climb. The elevation gain is steadily steep. Around the four mile area the trail does level a bit and there are some pretty spectacular views. I made my way up Mt. Ararat to turn around to view some incredible views to the south. In plain view was Mt. Adams. The visiblity was clear and I could easliy make out Mt. Hood. Just before I crested and headed down, two hawks caught my eye. They were riding the thermals (I later talked with a ranger to learn that the hawks had nested in the meadow below me) They were so close and I found myself able to make out details as they hung there. I ended this leg of my loop at the insection of the Wonderland Trail. See Wonderland Trail (Longmire to Devils Dream) for rest of my adventure.

Kautz Creek Trail Photos

Trail Information

Nearby City
3,100 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2,500 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,600 feet
Top Elevation
Longmire Wilderness Information Center
Local Contacts
Green Trails Mount Rainier West, No. 269 and Green Trails Randle, No. 301
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018