Emerald Ridge, Klapatche Park & Gobblers Knob


Backpack - Lake George & Gobblers Knob

Join us on an out-and-back backpacking trip to Lake George in Mount Rainier National Park, which was the land of the Cowlitz, Muckleshoot, Nisqually, Puyallup, Squaxin Island, and Yakama people. There will be an optional additional hike to Gobblers Knob, which is one of the four fire lookouts within the national park. We will have opportunities for swimming and berry-picking.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,500 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 mph

Registered trip participants will be emailed trip details 3-5 days before the trip.  This trip will be canceled if weather is especially rainy, windy, or smoky.  This is an easy/moderate route, only made challenging by carrying an overnight pack. The route begins on the abandoned Westside road for 3.8 miles, then follows a .8 mile forested trail to our backcountry campground in a forested area by Lake George. After setting up camp, we can swim, pick berries, or go on a sunset hike to the lookout Gobblers Knob, which is only 1.6 miles (and a lot of elevation) from camp.  We will break camp and head back to our cars on Sunday morning. 


Emerald Ridge, Klapatche Park & 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
  • Stuff sack  designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper 
  • Trekking poles
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