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Indian Henry's Hunting Ground

Jun 13, 2010

by MachoMtMatt last modified Jun 15, 2010 10:47 AM
Type of Outing
Day hike
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Hike: Indian Henry's Hunting Ground
Region: Mt. Rainier -- SE - Longmire / Paradise
Avg Rating: 3.86
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Water on trail
Snow on trail
In training for the wonderland later this year, I decided to hike from longmire to the indian henrys hunting ground patrol cabin. I didn't quite make it to the cabin cause I ran out of time. Getting across Kautz Creek wasn't difficult, though I would recommend following the new trail rather than the old. The is facing north when it reaches the creek rock field. It then cuts WSW to get down the erosion wall. BEFORE you reach the bend to the left, look for the trail to turn right. Had a lousy cairn that I improved. There is a bridge either way, but trail is better defined going north instead of south.
Trail was fine, then encountered about 3 feet of snow at hornpipe creek, and again at devils dream creek. After devils dream creek, route finding with a map and compass was necessary because my GPS wouldn't work in the thick trees. I also found the travel to be easier after donning my snow shoes.
Continuing, I found devils dream camp under 2-6 feet of snow. I reached the small lake basin for squaw lake in about 3 and a half hours. Didn't have time to find a route past the stream to get up to the cabin. Other than a ranger a couple days before, I don't think anyone had been up there yet.
Overall, don't attempt for a few more weeks if you aren't confident with map and compass route finding skills. Other wise, expect solitude as I saw no one else til I got back to rampart ridge.
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Posted by phoenixsylph at Jun 15, 2010 08:28 PM
Matt, thanks for posting a trip report on IHHG. I'm set to hike in to Pyramid Creek on 06/24, then on to Devil's Dream Camp on 06/25. It sounds like I might be wise to bring along snowshoes or at least YakTrax?

How bad were the bugs? Is Squaw Lake thawed out enough to get water from?

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