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    Dead Horse Creek Trail

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    3.5 km
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    221 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Dead Horse Creek Trail is an easy 3.5 km hike in Mount Rainier National Park on a paved path with enjoyable views. You’ll be able to appreciate Mount Rainier and the mountains to the south of it along with lush wildflowers in the midsummer.

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    Route Description for Dead Horse Creek Trail

    The hike on Dead Horse Creek Trail is an easy, pleasant hike on a paved pathway with views of Mount Rainier. While the path is paved and simple, there is still some elevation change to consider, but it’s mild.

    The trail begins from the smaller parking area at Paradise. Take the trail at the end of the road loop that heads northeast. The trail crosses Dead Horse Creek and then meanders next to it. The path is paved and gains elevation gradually. At sunrise, the view of Mount Rainier is excellent.

    The hike ends at the intersection with Skyline Trail about 1.8 km in. Turn back here, or customize your hike by looping around the Skyline Trail.

    Getting to the Dead Horse Creek Trail Trailhead

    To get to the trailhead for the Dead Horse Creek Trail from the east entrance to the park, take Highway 123 to Stevens Canyon Road. 30.6 km from the turnoff, turn right onto Paradise Road East. In 3.2 km, park at the lower lot.

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      Out and back

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