Backcountry Trail Run - Lake George & Gobblers Knob


Backcountry Trail Run - Lake George & Gobblers Knob

Join me for a fastpacking trip combining trail running and camping! Visiting a beautiful corner of Mount Rainier National Park.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,600 ft
  • Pace: 3-5 mph

Longmire at 9:00am to collect the reserved camping permit  near the museum/Wilderness Information Center end (the end that is farther from the inn and general store). We'll do a quick gear review, make sure everyone has proper food storage to meet the park's regulations, and then obtain permits. 

  • Please note: we are going to be trail running. This is not a typical hiking-focused overnight backpacking trip.   
  • Leader's permission is required - please use the link at right. Please also fill out this survey:
  • Participants are asked to pay their share of the camping permit cost in advance to the trip leader (Venmo or Paypal).  Failure to pay in advance cancels your registration.

We will start from the Westside Road closure, run to Lake George and set up camp before tagging the Gobbler's Knob lookout. Depending on conditions and group energy level we may explore further on Sept. 7 or Sept. 8 before packing up and running back to the Westside Road trailhead.


This trip may be changed or canceled due to:

  • public health guidance around COVID-19 for Pierce County, WA
  • Wildfire smoke, foul weather or other environmental conditions of concern


Emerald Ridge, Klapatche Park & Gobblers Knob

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Sturdy running shoes
  • Overnight pack with your lightweight overnight camping gear including shelter, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, headlamp, stove, fuel, etc.
  • Food and snacks
  • Water treatment method
  • Extra layers for warmth and for wet weather
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