Kautz Creek

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.

Location
Mt. Rainier -- SE - Longmire / Paradise
Longmire Wilderness Information Center
Statistics
Roundtrip 12.0 miles Elevation Gain 3100 ft Highest Point 5600 ft
Features
Rivers
Wildflowers/Meadows
Mountain views
Ridges/passes
Maps
Green Trails Mount Rainier West
No. 269 and Green Trails Randle
No. 301
Driving Directions:

From Tacoma, drive east on State Route 7 to Elbe, then veer left onto SR 706 to enter the park at the Nisqually Entrance near Ashford. Continue east toward Longmire. Park at the Kautz Creek parking area on the south side the road, just after crossing a bridge and culvert.

National Park Pass Required
Please don't forget gas money for drivers!

Please read our guidelines for participation (found on the discussion board). Then RSVP 'yes'  and acknowledge that you have read these guidelines and will abide by them. Thanks.



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  • Michael

    Anytime Bonnie! Looking forward to the next hike!!

    August 4, 2013

  • Michael

    Awesome hike!!

    August 4, 2013

  • Teresa

    A wonderful hike!

    August 4, 2013

  • Bonnie

    Beautiful day with awesome hikers! Thank you Mike, Kathy, Teresa, and Eddie for helping me down today!

    August 4, 2013

  • Teresa

    I have read and will abide by the guidelines. I will meet you at Longmire. I can drive 3 other people, if anyone wants to meet at the McKenna Y (in back of Baydos).

    August 2, 2013

    • Teresa

      Thank you for the offer Kathy, but I just head out of McKenna.

      August 3, 2013

    • azar

      Kathy, I am sorry , I can not make it

      August 3, 2013

  • azar

    I came home from my Saturday hike at about 10 p.m. It was a very bad traffic. I can not make it for the Sunday. Sorry

    August 3, 2013

  • Teresa

    Hey Bonnie - Just in case, what is your cell #? Thank you!

    August 3, 2013

  • Bonnie

    Kara, I noticed you live in Eatonville- I assume you will be meeting us at the traihead?

    August 3, 2013

  • Kathy

    My new work schedule this past week has taken a toll. Enjoy the hike.

    August 3, 2013

  • Kathy G.

    Bonnie,
    Azar and I are carpooling. We will meet you at trailhead. What time do you think you will be there?

    August 3, 2013

    • Bonnie

      My best guess is 8:30 - 8:45am. See you tomorrow!

      August 3, 2013

    • Bonnie

      Teresa may be coming from Olympia also... all three of you are pretty strong hikers.

      August 3, 2013

  • Eddie

    I have read and will abide by the guidelines.

    August 2, 2013

  • miki k.

    Hello, if anyone joining from Bellevue/Kirkland area, can you swing by at Kingsgate Park & Ride in morning and ride together to SR 512 P &R? I look forward to join but bus doesn't early in morning on weekend.

    August 1, 2013

    • miki k.

      I will bail myself out this time. I look forward to joining you in future!

      August 2, 2013

  • Michael

    I have read and will abide by the guidelines

    August 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So, Sorry, Bonnie must bow out. Still dealing with pinched nerve. Best, Ruth

    August 2, 2013

  • Bonnie

    Mike if you make it off the waitlist- don't forget to let me know your guest's name and make sure to have them read the guidelines. Thank you!

    August 2, 2013

  • Bonnie

    Hello Quy and Ruth...who are your guests? Have they read and agree to abide by guidelines? Please let me know or I will have to change your RSVP. Anyone else who has not indicated they have read the guidelines and agree to abide will have their RSVP changed. Exceptions to this rule are people that have a star next to their name (I have hiked with you before and are always prepared).

    August 2, 2013

    • Bonnie

      The exception only applies to my hikes-not hikes organized by the other organizers.

      August 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are there any of you that are coming from Seattle? The buses from downtown seattle will not make it to 512 ontime on the weekends. I can meet at the tacoma dome station or seattle? Let me know thank you!

    July 29, 2013

    • Bonnie

      If you make it off the waitlist.

      July 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Unfortunately looks like the earliest bus gets in the Tacoma Dome station at 7:40

      August 1, 2013

  • miki k.

    I have read and will abide by the guidelines.

    August 1, 2013

  • azar

    Anybody from Olympia like to carpool?

    July 30, 2013

    • Kathy G.

      Azar - I'm in - wahoo. Where would you like to meet?

      August 1, 2013

    • azar

      Can we meet at Top Food. about 6:15 a.m

      August 1, 2013

  • Kathy G.

    I have read the guidelines and will abide by them.

    August 1, 2013

  • Bonnie

    Hikers bringing a guest- please let me know through email guest's name and that he/she has read and agree to abide by the guidelines. Thanks!

    July 30, 2013

  • Kathy G.

    Azar, I'd like to carpool if I can make it off the waiting list.

    July 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have read the guidelines.

    July 25, 2013

  • Kathy

    I have read and will follow the guidelines

    April 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    have read and will follow the guidelines

    April 8, 2013

  • Christie

    I have read and will abide by the guidelines

    April 8, 2013

  • Mischellean

    Last week of vacation

    1 · April 7, 2013

  • Donna

    yes. I have read and will abide by the guidelines.

    April 7, 2013

  • azar

    I have read and will abide by guidelines

    April 7, 2013

  • Lorri K

    I have read and will follow guidelines

    April 7, 2013

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