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Mount Ararat

Trail starts at the Kautz Creek parking area. Cross the street and walk a flat trail (old road?) for a mile before the trail crosses the braided Kautz Creek and then heads into the deep woods on the other side and heads up (1.1mi, 2610'). It's about 3.5 miles and 2450' gain from the creek crossing to the first viewpoint (4.6mi, 5060').

Continue on the Kautz Creek trail until nearly due east of Mt Ararat where the slop is more more gentle (no cliffs) and then head up to the broad summit are with fine in your face views of Mt Rainier.
Driving Directions:

From Ashford drive west on 706. Cross into the National Park and continue on Paradise Rd E parking at the large TH parking area on the south side of the road just east of the creek.

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Iron Mountain, Copper Mountain, Mount Ararat — Jun 22, 2013 — onehikeaweek
Day hike
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Flickr: http://bit.ly/ararat-iron-copper Counterclockwise: Mount Ararat, Iron Mountain, and Coppe...
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Counterclockwise: Mount Ararat, Iron Mountain, and Copper Mountain summits.

Another outing with some Mountaineers folks bagging some peaks around Mount Rainier. The original plan was to bag five peaks, but we had to settle for three in the end because of the crappy weather on day two. We forwent Pyramid Peak and Satulick Peak since they were farther out. Next time!
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Mount Ararat, Kautz Creek — Jul 14, 2012 — Putz-in-Boots
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
Issues: Snow on trail
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Mt Ararat was on my hit list for a while. I tried it as a snowshoe in early Dec-2010 and we made it ...
Mt Ararat was on my hit list for a while. I tried it as a snowshoe in early Dec-2010 and we made it to the viewpoint about 4 miles in. We bailed on that trip due to slow progress and unconsolidated snow.

Today, thunderstorms were the concern. I hoped and early start would help us beat the storm. We need not have worried. Some small thunderheads did develop and we did hear two very distant booms, but we had bomber weather.

Trail starts at the Kautz Creek parking area. Cross the street and walk a flat trail (old road?) for a mile before the trail crosses the braided Kautz Creek and then heads into the deep woods on the other side and heads up...and I mean UP (1.1mi, 2610')! It's about 3.5 miles and 2450' gain from the creek crossing to the first viewpoint (4.6mi, 5060'). Boy this trail doesn't cut you any slack but then maybe the warm temps and humidity took their toll. It was pretty humid even in the shade of the tree but thank goodness for those trees!

LOTS of pinesap out at just over 2.25mi.

We hit the first snow before the viewpoint at about 4.2mi in. It was hard to tell if it would be consistent the rest of the way. The snow is really well consolidated so we continued on, being careful with the route finding. Good news, the snow stopped after about a bit over 1/2 mile. Then it was back to dirt. There was an occasional patch after that but it was pretty easy to follow. Another big patch of snow north of Pt5334 but again, taking our time with the navigation and we were fine. It was here that we bumped into Donnie (aka "backcountry"). He left the TH lot shortly after us and passed us down low near the creek. We decided to stick together as a group. Eventually the snow petered out again and it was one last steep push on the trail until we were nearly due east of Mt Ararat. Finding a more gentle solid snow covered grade we made our way to the top and awesome views of Mt Rainier.

It took us some time to get to Ararat so after only about 20 minutes Gwen and I decided to head down. It was easier going down...we had our tracks to follow.

Lots and lots and lots of avalanche lilies are blooming high up. I've never hiked and area and seen so many. Indian Henry's was still under a bunch of snow but I bet the flower show there will be going in another 4 weeks or so.

Don't even think about continuing on past the viewpoint unless you are confident of your route finding skills on snow. That or give it a another few weeks to finish melting out.

More photos here: http://www.putz-in-boots.com/[…]/mt_ararat_tr.html

Stats: 12.6 miles, 3936' gain (round trip).
5 hours up, 3h40m down.
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Kautz Creek/Mt. Ararat — Jul 01, 2007 — PAR
Day hike
Issues: Blowdowns | Water on trail | Snow on trail
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The primary motivation for this trip was to see the conditions at the usual trail crossing of Kautz ...

The primary motivation for this trip was to see the conditions at the usual trail crossing of Kautz Creek which is about a mile from the trailhead. It can only be described as WOW. Obviously before Kautz Creek dug itself a new route to the Nisqually River, it was a raging torrent in its old channel. The devastation is very impressive.

The trail now crosses the old Kautz Creek channel in a broad gravel flood plan with minimal water. The Park Service has the route through the gravel relatively well marked.

We hit the first snow at about 4,800 feet with increasing snow patches to the high point of the trail--5,600 ft.--before it starts dropping down to Indian Henry's. At the high point we simply ascended up the final 400 feet to the summit of Mt. Ararat with minimal difficulty. About a quarter of the 400 feet was on snow, mainly near the summit.

Although we started out from the trailhead under sunny skies, we returned to the trailhead under a rather thorough cloud cover. But there was no rain and very few bugs. There was also only one blowdown that required leaving the trail in order to get around it.

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Mt. Ararat — Jun 20, 2005 — PAR
Day hike
Issues: Mudholes | Washouts | Bugs
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For the first time since the major washout that occurred many years ago, two of us drove up the Wes...

For the first time since the major washout that occurred many years ago, two of us drove up the West Side Road to its new end at Dry Creek which is about 3 miles from its start. Beyond dry creek Mother Nature has reclaimed the road in several spots. After about 1 mile on the abandoned road, we took the now unmaintained trail to Indidan Henry. The trail is in fairly decent shape with several interesting washouts to negotiate around. Obviously at one time a massive flood/mudflow came down the Tahoma River. After 2.2 miles the trail joins the Wonderland Trail. The new hanging bridge on the Wonderland Trail across the Tahoma River gorge is something right out of Nepal. I thoroughly enjoyed crossing it, but my partner had more difficulty due to its extreme heights above the river, abeit it is impossible to fall off the bridge due to the protective cables.

Indian Henry's which in a normal year would be covered in about 3 to 4 feet of solid consolidated snow is instead covered with solid consolidated avalanche lilies. I have never seen such extensive fields of lilies in my four plus decades of mountaineering. I also saw something I never recall seeing before--an avalanche lily stem containing four individual flowers.

From Indian Henry we went to the summit of Ararat Peak which is snowfree except for a few isolated patches near the top. Unfortunately sitting on the summit in warm sunshine admiring the view of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood was marred somewhat by a few pesty mosquitoes. Will never understand why Noah failed to swat those two damn mosquitoes when he had the chance ca. 7000 years ago on the ark.

Overall it was a wonderful day in the Cascades.

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Kautz Creek,Copper Mtn.,Mt. Ararat,Satulick Mtn.,Iron Mtn. — Dec 24, 2004 — AlpineAndy
Day hike
Issues: Snow on trail
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Took advantage of a couple of free days before Christmas, and hit a window of great weather, high s...

Took advantage of a couple of free days before Christmas, and hit a window of great weather, high snowline, and low avalanche danger and tagged four relatively easy peaks in the SW corner of MRNP.

Did a car camp at Sunshine Point and then got an early start up the Kautz Creek Trail. Had really good conditions, with only a couple of stepover/step-around blowdowns, and didn't encounter snow until 4000.' Had tracks to follow up to the trail saddle near Pt. 5115, where The Mountain first comes into full view. Continued up to the ridgetop Pt.5334, and set up camp right smack on top of it. Views? Wow. As in, Mt. Wow. Oh, and Rainier, Adams, Hood, Goat Rocks, the Tattooshes, and on and on.

Put the snowshoes on--snow was mostly firm, but flatter areas were prone to a little post-holing, and walked up Ararat, then wound around to tag Satulick. Both are semi-tree-covered summits, but also have their share of good views. Both are fairly simple but with one or two sections where your route-finding eyes need to be open.

After pausing to take lots of alpenglow pictures near sunset, returned to camp as the near-full moon rose. In the moonlight, not only Rainier but also Adams were clearly visible.

The next morning dawned mild and windy, and I got out early again and headed to Iron and Copper. Both were enjoyable scrambles from the basin beneath them, with just enough steep snow to make the ice axe come in handy. Snow was great for step-kicking.

A quick trip back to camp allowed me some spare time for a hot lunch and a nap, and the trek out was done with daylight to spare.

A fantastic winter overnighter, four ""new"" summits, and a great escape from Christmas craziness.

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Mt. Ararat,Kautz Creek,Pyramid Peak — Aug 11, 2002 — Chris Madden
Day hike
Issues: Bugs
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We hiked to Mt. Ararat and Pyramis peak using the Kautz Creek approach to Indian Henry's. The trail...

We hiked to Mt. Ararat and Pyramis peak using the Kautz Creek approach to Indian Henry's. The trail was in excellent shape, with no blow downs or snow to contend with. There was one minor blowdown on the route to Pyramid Peak just beyond Mirror lake. It was a beautiful day but the bugs were rather ferocious.

On the way down just above Kautz creek I found a watch on the trail. If it is yours contact me and identify it and I will artrange to return it. cgmadde@attglobal.net

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Kautz Creek trail just south of Mt Ararat (which continues on to Indian Henry's Hunting Grounds)
Location
Mt. Rainier -- SE - Longmire / Paradise
Mt Rainier
Statistics
Roundtrip 12.5 miles
Elevation Gain 4000 ft
Highest Point 6010 ft
Features
Rivers
Old growth
Wildflowers/Meadows
Mountain views
Summits
User info
Dogs not allowed
National Park/Refuge entry fee required
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50 Hikes in Mt Rainier NP
Mount Ararat USGS Mount Rainier West Quad, Washington, Topographic Map

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