Kautz Creek Trail is a hiking trail in Pierce County, Washington. It is within Mount Rainier National Park. It is 5.2 miles long and begins at 2,415 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,037 feet. The Kautz Creek Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. There are also a picnic site, a restrooms, and a waste basket.
Kautz Creek Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Although the Kautz Creek valley has historically been the scene of geologic
destruction, the area is awash in beauty. This route follows the tumultuous
creek, then climbs through ancient forests, and ﬁnally rolls through wide,
open meadows with spectacular views."
--Dan A. Nelson, Snowshoe Routes: Washington (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--Dan A. Nelson & Alan L. Bauer, Day Hiking: Mount Rainier National Park (The Mountaineers Books).
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