Kautz Creek Trail

Mount Rainier National Park
Located 26.5 miles from Morton, Washington (WA)
4 Stars
12,594 Steps 1  (5.6 mi)


The Kautz Creek Trail has a maximum elevation of 5,587 ft (1,703 m), a minimum elevation of 2,434 ft (742 m), and an elevation range of 3,153 ft (961 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
12,5945.6 mi2,434 ft5,587 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
3.4 hrs261.23,134 ft171 ft
[ B to A ]
2.5 hrs14.2171 ft3,134 ft

What is the length of the Kautz Creek Trail?

The length of the trail is 5.6 mi (8.9 km) or 12,594 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Kautz Creek Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 3.4 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 2.5 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.

Topo Maps

Download the free Kautz Creek Trail topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Mount Rainier National Park topographic maps. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Mount Wow, WA
  2. North Topo Map: Mount Rainier West, WA
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Mount Rainier East, WA
  4. West Topo Map: Sawtooth Ridge, WA
  5. Topo Map: Wahpenayo Peak, WA
  6. East Topo Map: Tatoosh Lakes, WA
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Randle, WA
  8. South Topo Map: Purcell Mountain, WA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Packwood, WA

Is there a Kautz Creek trail map?

Yes, and they're free! The Kautz Creek Trail is located on the Wahpenayo Peak and Mount Rainier West topo maps. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the maps.



  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.