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Mount Ararat

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise
46.7362, -121.8560 Map & Directions
Length
12.5 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
4000 feet
Highest Point
6010 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Hard
Kautz Creek trail just south of Mt Ararat (which continues on to Indian Henry's Hunting Grounds) Full-size image

Fine, in your face views, of Mount Rainier await hikers willing to hoof it 4000 vertical feet up to the top of Mount Ararat from the Kautz Creek parking area. Continue reading

  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Summits
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass
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Hiking 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.
Mount Ararat

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.7362, -121.8560 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

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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Trailhead

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

Mount Rainier National Park

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50 Hikes in Mt Rainier NP

Mount Ararat USGS Mount Rainier West Quad

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