Gobblers Knob/Lake George Trail

MODERATE 26 reviews

Gobblers Knob/Lake George Trail is a 9.3 mile out and back trail located near Ashford, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

9.3 miles
2,877 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash






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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.

7 days ago

Gobblers Knob - Facts.
Get there early, the line to get into the park can take hours, I would assume at around 10:30 - 11ish and you're waiting like everyone else. We parked the car at the beginning of the trail at 7:30AM, plenty of parking spaces.

The hike is not that difficult , switch backs for about 4.1 miles to Lake George trail entrance. Be aware, you can miss it. If you make it to the Marine Memorial you gone to far. Turn around and look for the log mountain bike rack, there's a small entrance where the trail to Lake George starts.

It's somewhat steep some places, but not that difficult. Once at the lake, it's another 1.5 miles to Gobblers Knob, and it's steep.

If you can muster 15 min miles up it's not a bad hike at all. The return is all downhill. Something we welcomed since it was our first hike, and we turned the 11 mile round trip into a 15 mile adventure.

Did encounter too much wild life, outside of birds, squirrels, small snake. All-in-all was a great hike with great views.

1 month ago

Be ready to climb through the two fallen trees. Also don’t forget your bug repellent.

1 month ago

Other than the annoying fact that you have to hike almost four miles of gravel road until you get to the actual trail head that you could have easily drove up, this was an amazing hike and the view of Rainier from the lookout (especially at sunset) is second to none. So close. Don’t sleep on it.

1 month ago

My 12 year old daughter and I biked the West Side Road to the trailhead, parked our bikes in the cool NPS log rack and then hiked to Gobblers Knob. Awesome views, good trail and a father/daughter memory which we won't soon forget.

For anyone else thinking about doing this trail, I would definitely recommend biking the West Side Road as it lets you bypass less scenic portions of the trail and cruising back downhill after the hike was a great way to end the day. It is a fairly steady climb on the road though, I commute by bike so wasn't having any issues, but my 12 year old had to walk her bike a good portion of the way. Still worth it considering not having to hike back down! There is a bike rack made of a log that also has metal pipe around it allowing you to lock up your bikes right at the trailhead. Both of us had bikes with front suspension, but I think a bike without suspension could have handled the road surface just fine.

Whenever we stopped, there were mosquitoes present, but the deet must have been doing its job as I only got one bite. Compared to the amount of bugs I saw, I was pretty surprised that they didn't actually get to us that much.

There were avalanche lilies blooming all along the trail and I saw one patch of bear grass that was starting to bloom. Gave us something to focus on when the trail was mostly in the trees.

Trail is in great shape other than a couple small snow patches that are easily crossed. Navigation is easy and junctions are clearly marked. We hiked up to Lake George and had lunch overlooking the lake before heading up to the fire lookout. This was the first hike with major elevation gain I have done with my 12 year old so there were frequent stops. It was probably more than she was ready to tackle, but slow & steady won the race and she was really proud of herself when we reached the top. Spent some time at the lookout which you can see into and walked around the decking for awesome views. I have done the Wonderland and this spot would have to rank right up there with some of the best views of the mountain I have seen. Hike back down was quick and easy, then just let gravity propel the bikes back to our car.

We arrived around 9:30 AM on a Sunday and all the spots near where the road is closed were taken, but we found a pullout on the side of the road just a few hundred feet away from the parking lot. Note that the road up is dirt and your car will be covered in dust by the time you return.

Strava links:
- Bike up: https://www.strava.com/activities/1690237549
- Hike: https://www.strava.com/activities/1690237712
- Bike down: https://www.strava.com/activities/1690237452

9 months ago

The hike up to the lake starts on an old road but don’t get discouraged, once you get into the trees the view is unbeatable. Lake George is beautiful. The water was clear and refreshing.
The hike up to Goblers knob is worth it, it has a wonderful 360 view.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Great hike and some beautiful scenery! Well worth it at the top. Even the fire haze couldn't keep us away.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

great hike with tremendous 360 views.
the look out tower has a 360 wrap around deck. the gray jays love your company

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Great trail. Still quite a bit of snow in parts as of yesterday (late June 2017) which made it hard to find the trail in places. Taking mountain bikes up the road portion of the trail was the way to go and made the trip down a lot more fun.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Beautiful hike, amazing view! The last part of the hike is so awesome I can forgive the long time walking on an old gravel road. Do it!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

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.

Monday, July 25, 2016

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!

Friday, August 28, 2015

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".

Monday, June 16, 2014

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.

Sunday, September 01, 2013

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.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

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.

Friday, September 09, 2011

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'.

Monday, October 11, 2010

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.

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