Lake George Trail

EASY 12 reviews
#70 of 106 trails in

Lake George Trail is a 8.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Longmire, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

8.7 miles
1,473 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly




mountain biking

nature trips





wild flowers



no dogs

From the Nisqually Entrance, 1 mile on Longmire-Pardise Road. Left onto West Side Road for 3.3 miles to gate, parking area is to the south

21 days ago

The hubby and I hiked to Lake George on a sunny Saturday 2nd week in July. We started around 8am and the parking lot was already full. We thought the trail would be busy but we passed about three people coming down the trail as we were heading up. First part is scenic with the rushing creek. Miles of road hiking and it wasn’t until we got to the trail head and hiked a half mile up that we could see gorgeous side views of Mt. Rainier. Parts were a little scary where the trail was narrow and there would be a steep drop off. When we got to the lake..... oh my.... the Lake was Gorgeous! There was nobody hanging out at the lake. People must have gone 3 miles further to Gobbler’s Knob. Wish we had the time to go further. There were tons of mosquitos so we didn’t stay long. Hiking down took half the time. I would definitely hike this again, but I would bring stronger bug repellent. Four hours RT. It’s a super easy trail, and the view of lake George on a warm sunny day does not disappoint.

2 months ago

The initial 3.5 miles to round pass is underwhelming to say the least. Although, there were some nice views of the river and Mt Rainier about a mile in. Also, the amphitheater was neat to see. Otherwise just an old road path that’s been shut down to auto traffic. The additional 1 mile (0.9) to Lake George from Round Pass is where the real “hiking” began. I wouldn’t categorize this mile and elevation gain as “easy” but moderate. We hiked it the day before Memorial Day and we lost the trail about a quarter mile from the lake due to snow. We actually had to use our GPS on our phone to just wander in the right direction and hope we didn’t fall through the snow. We found it eventually and it was frozen over but still absolutely stunning. The walk back down the road was tedious and a bit boring so we jogged part of it. Lake George was this hikes redeeming grace and why it gets 4 stars.
This hike is good for older children or wearing smaller children in carriers, but be prepared to carry them 9 miles round trip if they don’t walk at all.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

I did this hike on June 4, 2017. The original plan was to take the Lake George Trail and continue up to Gobbler's Knob from Mt Rainier national park. As of 6-4-2017, there is still heavy snowpack on this trail and the lake is frozen over.

The road walk to round pass isn't overly scenic but along the river and the ridge is a nice area. Round pass is where the snow cover begins, and the trail to lake George has some bare areas in the beginning but then is still pretty heavy with snowpack as soon as a little elevation is gained.

There are some scenic views of mt rainier on the trail. Lake George has a nice covered area to camp, a vault toilet and a patrol house. At this time of year it's empty but I imagine later in summer it's a well camped area.

We lost the trail at the lake George area and did not continue up to gobblers Knob fire lookout but all in all this is a good hike!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Beautiful Fall hike! The view of lake made it worth the trip. Might camp overnight next time at campgrounds on lake.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Tried this once before several years ago. Finally made it back to finish it. Warm and very humid. The trail between the trailhead and the lake needs a little maint to remove a downed tree or two. Due to snow at the lake we couldn't take the knob as well. A long one for the kids but they made it.

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