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Indian Henry's Hunting Ground via Longmire — Thursday, Sep. 3, 2020

Mount Rainier Area
Indian Henry's

Near the Longmire Wilderness Information Center, there is a sign reading “Wonderland Trail”. this is a spur trail which connects to the Wonderland, and the start of the route to Indian Henry’s Hunting Ground.

The trail is in great shape up until the crossings of Kautz Creek and Pearl Creek. The Kautz Creek bridge is out, but the creek can be rock-hopped. A half mile later (after Pyramid Creek Camp), there is a log bridge over Pearl Creek, then you must follow cairns downstream to get to where the trail resumes on land. The former bridge is evident here, with its deck underwater.

I took a look around at Devil’s Dream Camp, looking for a water source. I found a dry creek bed. Once I got home, I looked at the National Park’s web page and saw a note that the camp’s water source was “beginning to dry up”. The post was from a full month earlier.

I have been to Indian Henry’s before, always from the Tahoma Creek Trail. Even though I had seen it before, I had forgotten how stunning the area is. The presence of Mt. Rainier looming up behind the cabin is simply breathtaking. The porch of the cabin has a couple of benches which make a pleasant place to eat lunch.

Eroded hillsides above Kautz Creek
Pearl Creek - old bridge deck underwater
Cabin porch