Kautz Creek Trail

Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Elevation Gain4,037ft
Trailhead Elevation2,415ft
Elevation Min/Max2415/5642ft
Elevation Start/End2415/2415ft

Kautz Creek Trail

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. This trail connects with the following: Wonderland Trail.

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."

"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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Myself and two of my trail mates, headed out from the trail head at about 10 am. We had allowed a small group of boy scouts to head out with a 20 minute head start. It soon became apparent that they were cutting the trail. We enjoyed the freshly cut trail and periods of sunshine that popped through the clouds. The snow was approximately 4-6 feet in depth. We worked our way up and had caught up with the scouts at about 2900 feet in elevation. We then took on the task of cutting the trail. We reached 3280 feet and took a break for a late lunch. We were determining route up the last 700 feet to the ridge when I noticed the barometer drop rather dramatically. We made a decision to descend. Coming down was an event. We found ourselves executing make shift glissading down the mountain to the Creek. Upon reaching the creek we stopped for a few minutes before coming back the last bit to the trail head. Overall if was a fun day with friends on challenging trail.

Kautz Creek Trail Photos

Trail Information

Mount Rainier National Park
Nearby City
Mount Rainier National Park
Longmire Wilderness Information Center
Local Contacts
Green Trails Mount Rainier West, No. 269 and Green Trails Randle, No. 301
Local Maps