Day Hike - Gobblers Knob


Day Hike - Gobblers Knob

Two-Bagger: Mt. Beljica and Gobblers Knob, a “Top 100” peak

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  • Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 9.9 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,600 ft

South Renton Park and Ride at 6:30am.    If there are participants coming from the South arrangements will be made to rendezvous in Ashford.

This is a double-summit hike to Mt. Beljica and Gobblers Knob, two fire lookout peaks on the west side of Mt. Rainier NP. Both offer great views of the west face of Rainier and the surrounding area.  The picture shows Gobblers Knob (with Rainier in the background) as seen from Mt. Beljica.

We’ll try to avoid the Labor Day weekend crowds by getting an early start and by beginning our trek outside the park at the small Lake Christine trailhead. This approach is more difficult than the usual Westside Road route, but avoids that route’s 7.6 miles of road-walking in exchange for 9 miles along the Lake Christine and Puyallup trails. Our extra effort should be be rewarded by views of Lake Christine, Beljica Meadows, and Goat Lake, a relatively easy side trip to Mt. Beljica and, hopefully, solitude. 

This is a moderate pace trip along a strenuous route that includes significant elevation gain/loss including about 1100' of gain in the last mile to the summit of Gobblers Knob. The goal is to enjoy ourselves and the surrounding area not to set any speed records, but it's going to take some effort regardless so please be in reasonable condition.

Though the actual fire lookout structure on Mt. Beljica is long gone, both Gobblers Knob and Mt. Beljica count towards the “Olympia Branch Lookout” badge. At 5,485 feet, Gobblers Knob is on the list of 100 highest peaks in Rainier NP and is one of only fifteen non-technical peaks on the list that can be summited as day hikes. Gobblers Knob counts towards the “15 Hiking Peaks in Mount Rainier NP” and “100 Peaks in Mountain Rainier NP” badges.

The road to the trailhead requires a high clearance vehicle.  A huge 4x4 isn’t necessary - an Outback or equivalent will do. The Trip Leader has one but we will need one more.  If you have one please consider driving.


Gobblers Knob

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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