All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Kautz Creek</strong> originates at the base of the Kautz glacier far away on the flanks of Mt. Rainier (which was concealed in the clouds the first day we were in the park). In Nov. 2006 a flash flood roared through the valley, scouring the ban...
Kautz Creek originates at the base of the Kautz glacier far away on the flanks of Mt. Rainier (which was concealed in the clouds the first day we were in the park). In Nov. 2006 a flash flood roared through the valley, scouring the banks of the creek and felling thousands of trees. Despite its beauty, Mt. Rainier can unleash dangers in the forms of sudden flash floods from rain or glacier meltwater releases, rock slides, and one day possibly an eruption of the dormant volcano. The orange sediment of the creek is evidence of iron deposits in the volcanic rock on Mt. Rainier.
This trail has two distinct personalities. The first part is rather flat and didn't have much to offer in wildflowers, but after we crossed the creek the trail climbed steeply and the woods changed dramatically in vegetation.

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