Gobblers Knob/Lake George Trail is a 9.5 mile out and back trail located near Ashford, WA that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is accessible from June until October.
From Tacoma, south 40 miles on Highway 7 to Elbe. Turn east on Highway 706 and drive to Copper Creek Road (Forest Service Road 59). Turn left and drive 4.5 miles to Forest Service Road 5920. Turn right and drive to the unsigned trailhead at roads end.
Moderately easy hike up well groomed road. Then a narrow single track up to Lake George, Single track is steep up to the lake. Excellent trail running trail.
A lot up hill but at the end quite breathtaking, follow the wheather closely cause otherwise all you will see at the lookout is the look out and the road is closed so the trail head is about 2 miles from the nearest available parking due to road damage a lot of fallen trees on it and parts where the road is almost completely gone but we did it anyway and it was still amazing just little extra walk 2 miles to be exact each way were added to the trip so heads up!
Due to time constraints we only made it to Lake George. A pretty little jewel of a lake. Trail is 80% walking on an abandoned roadbed which we found to be tiresome. Good trail running/conditioning, but not really a "hike".
3 of us parked on the westend rd. inside mt. rainier natl. park. We noticed right off the bat that a few
car sized boulders were laying where you used to be able to park your car. Luckily we were able to
park a couple hundred feet just before the rock fall, not bad. It rained lightly most of the way up, it's
june! it's supposed to be 70 out. We are all 50 plus in age were used to the rain. This is a gradual
uphill hike all the way. It starts to get steeper at round pass this is where the trail head starts for
lake george .9 miles to the lake. Arriving at lake george we continued on to gobblers knob without
stopping snow covered the lake, we thought crap are we going to be able to go all the way to gobblers knob?? of coarse not.... we couldn't find the trail 3 different times we traversed and persevered made it up another 1.2 miles and turned around the trail was lost, dissappointed. we still had fun though and what a workout, but right now it's to dangerous to get to gobblers knob.
Took a different route to Gobbler's Knob via the Puyallup trail to Goat Lake and up from there. Goat lake was beautiful we got a warm 80* day : ) some what strenuous in parts going this way up. But well worth the effort in the end. From Goat Lake the trail was a little tough to find in areas, it's almost due north when you reach the lake. Overgrown in a couple narrow parts of the trail, hadn't been used in a while. Only passed a couple people on the same trail all day. If you go in this way it is 3.7 miles up to the lookout. You can access the Puyallup trail head by driving to the end of FS Road 59 about 9 miles from highway. Park at Glacier View trailhead about 300 ft in on trail at the fork go right onto the Puyallup trail. This ties in shortly to the Lake Christine trail already above the lake saving you about 2 miles both ways in hiking.
Parked the car at the end of the west-side road and hiked into Lake George to spend the night. In the morning I hiked the rest of the way to the lookout and fantastic views of Mt Rainier. The views are well worth the effort, and the area was completely deserted. I didn't see another human the entire time I was there.
The first 3.8 miles follows the dirt road of the Westside Rd of Mt Rainier Nat'l Park. Thereafter, another 2.5 miles, it is all forest trails. Both segments are all uphill, with the trail the steeper of the two. Camped at Lake George, .9 miles from the road and the mosquitoes were hungry. The 1.6 mile trail from Lake George to Gobblers, again, is all uphill and steep in places but once at the top, absolutely incredible views of Mt. Rainier. 6.3 miles from the parking lot to the top with an elevation gain of roughly 2,700'.
An excellent hike with outstanding 360 degree views from the old fire lookout at the top. It is now a 12mile round trip hike now due to the road to the old trailhead being washed out.