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Dead Horse Creek

Intermediate
 4.0 (5)

This north-south trail is handy for constructing loops and avoiding some of the crowds in Paradise.


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Map Key

1.2

Miles

1.9

KM

Point to Point

6,111' 1,863 m

High

5,403' 1,647 m

Low

708' 216 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

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Features River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

The consistent grade of this trail makes it a good moderate choice for attaining the upper reaches of Rainier's southern flank. Starting from the western end of the lower (non-visitor center) parking lot, find the steps leading north. At the 3-way junction with the Nisqually Vista Trail, choose the right-hand option to head northeast on the Dead Horse Creek Trail. The path begins in the Dead Horse Creek valley and soon intersects the Avalanche Lilly Trail and crosses its namesake burbling brook. Keep a lookout for wildlife here, bears are frequently sighted along the creek. Pass through clumps of trees, inviting meadows and surmount some patches of snow.

After the junction with the Waterfall Trail, the trail steepens to attain a ridge. For the remaining length of this trail, Dead Horse Creek and Edith Creek lie in the eastern valley below, Nisqually River resides in the valley to the west, and the trail climbs in between. At at small saddle, the detour-worthy Moraine Trail veers off to the west (left) and the Dead Horse Creek Trail continues northwards along the snowy crest. After some less steep travel, the Dead Horse Creek Trail ends at a junction with the popular Skyline Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Black bears, marmot, deer. Bugs.

Contacts

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Megan W

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  4.0 from 5 votes

#9

in Paradise

#11038

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#9

in Paradise

#522

in Washington

#11,038

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Photos

Sunset on Mt Rainier National Park.
Apr 12, 2016 near Eatonville, WA
Panorama Point
Nov 10, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
A couple days before the smoke from Western fires moved in.
Sep 18, 2020 near Greenwater, WA
The view from Deadhorse.
Jul 23, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
Actual size of Marlena and Mount Rainier
Feb 26, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
Black bear foraging near Dead Horse Creek (photo by Steve Cyr)
Jul 25, 2015 near Eatonville, WA

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Aug 5, 2020
Maximus Iva
Sep 12, 2019
Katie Wunsch
Sep 3, 2019
J Cham
Aug 4, 2019
K Morgan
Aug 1, 2019
Amy H
10h 59m
Jul 5, 2018
Helmut Kapczynski
Mostly snow covered. If you go high enough you can see Mt. St. Helen, Mt Adams and Mt. Hood as we did today
Jul 23, 2017
Cheryl Chow
Jul 16, 2016
Jason Smith