CHS 1 Hike

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 1 Hike - Kautz Creek

CHS 1 graduation hike

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  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 12.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,100 ft

6:00 a.m. at Star Lake P&R in Federal Way -- I-5 south to exit 147, right at light, right at next light, right into P&R lot. I'll be in a green RAV4 with the hatch open. 

There are numerous lodging and camping options near the Longmire entrance to MRNP. Please let us know if you plan to meet us at the trailhead.

We'll depart from Longmire, ascend Rampart Ridge, pass Pyramid Creek and Devils Dream Camps along the Wonderland Trail, and slow down to enjoy Indian Henry's Hunting Ground and Mirror Lakes for an up-close view of Mt. Rainier's southwest side. Then down the Kautz Creek trail to our car drop, a quick cleanup, and blackberry pie at Copper Creek Inn! It'll taste three times sweeter knowing that you've graduated the course! 14.8 miles, 2,700' gain. 


Kautz Creek

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essentials. Every trip. Every time. 

Over-the-ankle boots and poles recommended for steep sections. 

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