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.
dogs on leash
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...
Views in every direction, Rainier on your right and Cascades in the left. Relatively easy hike, bad road in highly recommend 4 wheel drive
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!!!
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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O.K. Wow. Noble Knob is nowhere near Thorp, Washington. Try Ellensburg. Certainly not Thorp. I live near Thorp.
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!
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!