Indian Henrys Hunting Ground Trail to Mirror Lakes

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Mount Rainier National Park

Indian Henrys Hunting Ground Trail to Mirror Lakes is a 11.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Longmire, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from July until September.

Length11.8 miElevation gain3,969 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Mount Rainier National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are per vehicle or per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is per person. You can also purchase a park-specific annual pass. Please check the park website for current rates. The trail starts mild but don't be fooled by its gentle facade. Soon after you cross the wooden footpath, the trail begins to incline. There are spots in this trail that are very steep and challenge your resolve to continue. There are some reprieves, however, so don't count the hike out all together. Just after you reach the Rampart Ridge crossroads, the path levels out for a stretch. You go downhill and cross a river bed where shortly after, the trail climbs again. Once you hit Devil's Dream camp, the mosquitoes are very dense. Bring bug spray and if you have it, wear bug-repelling/blocking clothing. You will need it! The payoff is absolutely the meadows. Even before you reach the cabin, the forest gives way to endlessly beautiful stretches of wildflower laden fields. Still ponds rest peacefully beneath the cliff-sides towering above; their surfaces mirroring the beauty spanning before you. The smell of the warmed earth and blooming flora is nothing short of intoxicating.

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Longmire Wilderness Information Center Tel: 360.569.4453

From Nisqually entrance on Highway 706, 3 miles toward Longmire on Longmire-Paradise Road to the picnic area on right, trailhead on left side of road.

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gustavo balderas
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HikingGreat!

The trail was great, right before you get to the cabin there are great views of the mountains. Mirror Lakes were more like ponds. The hike to Mirror lakes is unmaintained very wet and slippery. Overall great hike.

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Lu W
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Amazing hiking. Perfect time of the year since there are no bugs and it is not too hot. Some fall colors starting to show up. Very steep but well maintained trail. Not very busy either considering it was a Saturday. It is now on the top list of favorite hikes at Mt Rainier NP.

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Steven Yee
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Steep but great trail

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John Velez
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wu yi
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Too many awful bugs

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Susan Goldman
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Hiked last Friday 8/7/20. Started out from Longmire along Wonderland trail toward Indian Henry at 7:30am. Lots of mosquitoes through forest. At Kautz creek crossing too much water to cross. Not deep in most places but rushing water. Unable to find the log bridge. Turned around and met a couple along the trail who had been there the week before and crossed the bridge. Followed them back to find the water level at and slightly above the bridge. Turned back again and hiked down the way we came.

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Taryn Abarta
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Bill Rehm
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HikingBridge outGreat!

We hiked on July 31. We started in Longmire on Wonderland trail and hiked to the log cabin in the meadow. According to the trail signs it is a 14 mile round trip. We really enjoyed the hike and did not have too much trouble with bugs. We had a challenge at Kautz creek. We lost the trail and went to the left when we should have went right, On the return, we had a much easier time crossing as we could see the trail. The next water crossing at Pyramid was dicey as the bridge was partially washed out and it required wading through shallow but very fast water to cross. I recommend taking trekking poles just to have for the water crossing. The alpine lakes and meadows of wildflowers were beautiful. All in all, it was a really good hike.

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Xingyue Hawkins
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Friend of mine recommend this place. But I am not big fan of it. The trail condition is not bad, the whole time you are just walking into the woods, nothing else you would see. There is ton of snow on top of it. Really just no view.

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chuck & lisa Alessi
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Beautiful hike but there’s more than enough snow at the 5000 and above foot level.Took lots of beautiful pictures of waterfalls and rain forest beauty all in all it’s a great day

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Johan Spieker
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Itai Zalutzki
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Michael Friedman
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This hike was amazing, but grueling. Be prepared for a few stretches of steep switchbacks, and then other stretches of moderated incline. The trail is mostly a climb up, and I wouldn’t recommend if you don’t have good boots or have done a long hike before. But what’s your up there, the scenery is unbelievable. It almost feels like a fairy tail as you go through the alpine meadow. The day brought clouds for us, and it created a misty vibe as we were ascending. Then once at the top, the fog lifted to unbelievable views of Mt. Rainier as the backdrop to the cabin. Great diversity of scenery, and and unbelievable workout. 5/5, would recommend for those with the desire for a long trek.

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Julie Blackson
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This a well maintained trail with a mix of elevation gain/loss. My gps recorded a distance of 12.5 miles from Longmire and back. It was a pleasant day hike! The bugs were out in force approaching Devil’s Dream Campground and remained a nuisance into the meadow at Indian Henry’s. Bring bug spray! The effort of making the hike up is more then worth the view at your destination, which includes the wildflowers in bloom

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Sally Fearless
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Total burner. Awesome. Of course there are bugs... it’s the woods. Snow today at approx 4.25 miles in. Hot weather, so no post-holing for me today, thanks. I’ll be back in a few weeks

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Sean C
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I’ve hiked this trail 3x’s and every time you see something different. Spectacular views and amazing wildlife can been seen on this hike. My girlfriend saw a bear the last time she was on the trail. It is a more difficult hike but, worth every drop of sweat.

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Kayla Duford
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We hiked from Longmire to the ranger station at Indian Henry's. It was a nice hike with a beautiful view at the end, but it ended up being ~14 miles round trip which is a little long for me. We hiked early July and we had to hike a few miles in the snow at the top and the trail was really hard to navigate through the snow and also when we crossed Kautz creek. Still a wonderful day hiking, but I probably won't do this one again!

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Kelsey Heyob
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Awesome! Hiked to Tahoma Creek Suspension Bridge

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Wesley Barnhart
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This is definitely a challenging trail starting from Longmire. Pyramid Creek to Devils Dream is the hardest trek. The creek crossings and lush meadows made it worthwhile. Also met a handful of very nice fellow hikers along the way.

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Craiz Zebra
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this trail is great and beautiful but from longmier it is 14.+ miles .

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Jenn Gilstrap
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If you're starting from Longmire, the trail is actually 14 miles round trip. You start on the Rampart Ridge trail; trekking through lush green forestry. The trail starts mild but don't be fooled by its gentle facade. Soon after you cross the wooden footpath, the trail begins to incline. There are spots in this trail that are very steep and challenge your resolve to continue. There are some reprieves, however, so don't count the hike out all together. Just after you reach the Rampart Ridge crossroads (as my husband and I called them), the path levels out for a stretch. You go downhill and cross a river bed where shortly after, the trail climbs again. My husband and I dealt with the strain by reaching mini-destinations. First it was Pyramid Creek camp. Then Devil's Dream Camp. I have to say, once you hit Devil's Dream camp, the mosquitoes are very dense. Bring bug spray and if you have it, wear bug-repelling/blocking clothing. You will need it! The payoff is absolutely the meadows. Even before you reach the cabin, the forest gives way to endlessly beautiful stretches of wildflower laden fields. Still ponds rest peacefully beneath the cliff-sides towering above; their surfaces mirroring the beauty spanning before you. The smell of the warmed earth and blooming flora is nothing short of intoxicating. I cannot put into words how beautiful Indian Henry's truly is. Yes, the hike is hard. Yes you'll have moments where you want to give up. My husband and I are avid hikers and this challenged us unlike any hike we've been on so far. But I'd do it again and again and again... It is stunning, it is rewarding, and it is the type of hike that leaves your soul in awe of all this earth has to offer.

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Renee Greenfield
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Stunning hike from Longmire up to Indian Henry's...just be prepared for a long and difficult trek. Patches of steep uphill, followed by knee punishing tree root covered downhills. Watch the weather. Check NOAA (http://www.noaa.gov/mobile/index.php) for Rainier Weather. We noted 50% rain later in the day, and hoped we would be on the positive side but we weren't. After 5 hours up the trail with lunch at the Patrol Cabin, we came back down quickly (3 hours) due to brewing thunder/lightening/rainstorms! We had to take it slow when crossing back across the dry wash or "arroyo" just before Paradise Creek, was now flowing with muddy glacier runoff! Hike in pairs and bring rope in your pack. Also, the actual Hunting Ground is filled with bugs! Wear and bring bug spray.

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Kimberly Estep
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I'm a active person (walk at least an average of two miles per day), and I consider this a difficult hike. However, hikers with more experience than me will probably find this a moderate hike. There are lots of straight, flat-ish areas, and they break up the monotony of increasing/decreasing elevation quite nicely. There was no scrambling, and the switch backs weren't too rough when compared with other hikes (like those from the Mt. Si, WA hike or Mt. Katahdin, ME hike). The vistas are tremendous. Even though it was a cloudy day when we were there, and we only got to see about half of Rainier, I still thoroughly enjoyed myself. There was still snow in the subalpine zone, and my shoes were wet by the time we reached Mirror Lakes. When we were heading back around 6 p.m., I saw a 4-point buck in the beargrass meadows, perhaps still about 3 miles from the trailhead. Others in my party said that on a previous Kautz Creek hike they encountered a "teenage" black bear near Mount Ararat. Definitely be prepared to see wildlife and to deal with weather changes.

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Daniel Bortolin
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