Gobblers Knob


Backpack - Lake George

Visit a beautiful lake in Mt. Rainier National Park, where we camp Saturday night, and have the option for the more challenging day hike to the top of Gobbler's Knob after setting up camp on Saturday afternoon, visiting the Marine Memorial during the backpack in and backpacking out after breakfast on Sunday.

  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,425 ft

Meet 9 AM Saturday at the permit desk in the Longmire Administration Building, reached by heading south on SR 7, east in Elbe onto  SR 706 and through the Nisqually entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park to Longmire.

To enter Mt. Rainier National Park at the Nisqually entrance requires each car to show a National Park Pass of some type or pay an entry fee of $25.  Carpooling will make it more likely that someone in the car will have a pass.  At our meeting time of 9 AM, the leader will pick up the permit at the Longmire Administration Building for the Lake George group campsite.  The reservation and fee payment will have already been made prior to that.  There is a store and restroom near there.  When everyone has arrived, the permit picked up and everyone is ready to go, we will caravan to the trailhead where the West Side Road is blocked to motorized vehicles.  There are no restroom facilities there.

During the hike in, we'll make a brief stop at the Marine Memorial, honoring those who died in a plane crash nearby.  The first 3.5 miles of the hike are on the closed portion of the Westside Road.  The last .9 mile is on a trail.

After we set up camp in the reserved group campsite and eat our trail lunch, there will be an optional 1.1 mile, 1,200 ft. day hike to the top of Gobbler's Knob, where there is a spectacular view from the summit lookout, weather permitting.  Following our camp dinner, there will be smores around the campfire.  There is an outhouse accessible from our campsite.

Sunday after our camp breakfast, we'll hike out by the route we hiked in.  During the drive home, there will be an optional meal stop at a restaurant in Ashford or Elbe, based on the wishes of the group. 




Gobblers Knob

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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