Noble Knob Trail

MODERATE 14 reviews

Noble Knob Trail is a 6.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Enumclaw, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and horses and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1417 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

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A nice hike into the Norse Peak Wilderness with fantastic views of several Cascade Volcanoes This is a great alpine ridge walk just outside of Rainier National Park in the Norse Peak Wilderness. This isn't a killer climb as there is minimal elevation change thus the views are attainable for the whole family. The trail is easy to follow all the way to Noble Knob around Mutton Mountain which you can also run up if you'd like. This trail is open to mountain bikers if you are interested...

hiking
6 days ago

Our first attempt to reach the trailhead was via Corral Pass Rd. Unfortunately, the gate is still closed. We turned around and tried the other access point and were successful. We hiked in through Dalles Ridge, and about a mile into our hike, snow took over heavily shaded parts of the trail. Without proper spikes, the melting snow was quite slippery (with a drop off on one side), so we decided to turn around. The drive up to the trailhead was still enjoyable and mostly dry. This trail may need another week or two before the snow isn't such a hazard. The trail is still doable if you are brave and have proper spikes!

hiking
1 month ago

We were super excited to go on this hike because the sun finally decided to stick around and the snow melted. However, we tried access from Corral Pass Rd and there was a locked gate that prevented us from doing that. So we went a few miles back to try the hike from Dalles Ridge, but a couple miles from the trailhead, our subaru got stuck in snow. There was tracks for a while, but the road eventually turned to all snow. I'd say probably a few weeks before this hike is accessible. There's a lot of shaded areas preventing the last bit of snow melt.

1 month ago

One of my favorite trails. Every vista except waterfalls are on this hike.

hiking
2 months ago

tried making it to the trail head but as soon as you make your way onto the forest road it becomes impassable. deep snow and fallen tress block your path

9 months ago

Views in every direction, Rainier on your right and Cascades in the left. Relatively easy hike, bad road in highly recommend 4 wheel drive

11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

The hike itself was pretty good. The trail was decent, I took the FS road 72 route. It was raining pretty good so I was socked in the whole way and didn't have great views. It got pretty muddy so be careful if you're heading up anytime soon. Parts of are starting to get a little slippery and there are some narrow parts and steep Rocky parts of the climb. Still totally doable for an inexperienced hiker. Overall it was a great hike. Just wish there wasn't so much fog and rain. Oh well. Next time!!!

hiking
11 months ago

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

hiking
Monday, October 06, 2014

10/05/2014 (Sunday) - I updated the Trail Info and map location. Perhaps there is another Noble Knob trail on Hwy 410 over the pass, but this hike is on the Enumclaw side. There appear to be a couple of ways to access Noble Knob from Hwy 410, but it would make for a much longer hike. We took Corral Pass Rd just south of the Alta Crystal Resort. This becomes the 6.4 mile, very crappy forest road to the trail head. There's a sign at the beginning stating that the road is for experienced mountain drivers only. If you aren't experienced when you start, you will be by the time you finish...

There's a nice parking area at the top for Corral Pass with picnic tables, camp sites and a privy. The Noble Knob trail head is up the road from here with it's own parking and picnic table. Don't be fooled by the info sign at a trail head across from the parking area. I'm not sure where this goes. Walk to the picnic table and the trail starts there. We only saw a few other groups along the way because we started late in the day. Two mountain bikers were also up there. It looks like a great location for that. There are only a couple of stretches that will get you out of breath. For the most part it is a moderate hike. The views from the top are amazing. We also say a family of mt goats north of the knob about 100 yards away. Views of Mt Rainier are going to be best in the AM. We had the sun in our face looking in that direction, but that mountain is beautiful from any angle at any time. There's one trick part of the trail to note. At one point there's a sharp hairpin turn with a sign at the apex but no mention of the Noble Knob trail. You need to take the unmarked trail going north. I'll post a photo for reference.

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hiking
Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday, May 04, 2014

O.K. Wow. Noble Knob is nowhere near Thorp, Washington. Try Ellensburg. Certainly not Thorp. I live near Thorp.

hiking
Monday, October 14, 2013

Simply outstanding views await the adventure on this trip. You can access the trail at 5,500 feet and make this an easy dayhike, or you can start from at least 3 different trailheads on Hwy 410 and make a real challenge out of it (that's what I did yesterday). You won't be disappointed no matter which route you take. Though for maximum views I'd recommend using Palisades trail (#1198?) to start your climb. Happy hiking!

hiking
Thursday, October 04, 2012

We didn't do the full length of this trail, instead we entered from forest service road 7022 which is a great shortcut to Noble Knob. There isn't a marked sign, but if you follow the info from the link I provided you should be able to find it. There is a wide shoulder on the right just before the end of FS-7022 with room for about 4 or 5 cars. You will see a very short connecting trail on the right side of the road that puts you onto trail 1184, but you have to look close or you'll miss it. Head to the left through heavy tree cover which is pretty steep for about a mile. The trail will eventually come out of the dense forest and flatten out. The view along the ridge line from here on up to Noble Knob is simply amazing!