Gobbler's Knob Trail

Ashford, Washington

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The hike to Gobbler’s Knob passes the clear waters of Lake George and ascends to a peak with panoramic views of Mount St. Helens, the Goat Rocks, the North Cascades, the Olympics, Mount Hood, and Mount Rainier. Lake George, a beautiful mountain lake, is one of the few places to fish in Mount Rainier National Park.
Hiking Mount Rainier National Park

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Hiking Mount Rainier National Park

by Heidi Schneider & Mary Skjelset (Falcon Guides)

The hike to Gobbler’s Knob passes the clear waters of Lake George and ascends to a peak with panoramic views of Mount St. Helens, the Goat Rocks, the North Cascades, the Olympics, Mount Hood, and Mount Rainier. Lake George, a beautiful mountain lake, is one of the few places to fish in Mount Rainier National Park.

©  Heidi Schneider & Mary Skjelset/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ashford
Distance: 12
Elevation Gain: 2,605 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5 to 8 hours
Season: Mid-July to September
Trailhead Elevation: 2,900 feet
Top Elevation: 5,500 feet
Local Contacts: Longmire Wilderness Information Center
Local Maps: USGS Mount Wow; Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park; Astronaut's Vista: Mount Rainier National Park; Earthwalk Press Hiking Map and Guide
Driving Directions: Directions to Gobbler's Knob Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

4/30/2003
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What a fantastic hike! Beautiful scenery, plus a break from the crowds--this hike is really for those who are in good physical condition. The first three or four miles are easy, a slight gradual rise along the Westside Road (currently closed to traffic, due to the road being too badly damaged from floods). There's a nice view of the mountain from an old, no-longer used campsite about two miles in. It's easy to miss off to the right of the first 180 degree switchback. Once you hit the Lake George trail, the hike increases in difficulty but is well worth the effort. As you head uphill towards Lake George, you'll catch glimpses of the Tahoma glacier through the trees--it feels as if one could reach right out and touch the snow. At the lake, enjoy the serenity. The sun (on a nice day) brightens the lake, which is a nice contrast to the thick forested trail. There are several camp sites, as well as a shelter. A trail meanders around the right-hand side, with more awesome views of Mt. Rainier. From Lake George, the trail rises to Gobbler's Knob. Although very steep, it's only about 1.5 miles or so. The view is almost non-existent on the hike up. But, you'll suddenly break through the forest to the fire lookout, and be rewarded with an amazing 360 degree view. To the east, Mt. Rainier looms. On a clear day, you'll also be able to see Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helen, and Mt. Hood, and even the Olympics. On your hike out, be sure to visit the Marine Memorial, on the east side of the west side road, just up a ways from the Lake George trailhead. This memorial is dedicated to the 32 Marines killed in a plane crash on the South Tahoma glacier in 1946. Silent - mysterious - awe-inspiring.



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