Lookouts and High Places September Hikes - Gobblers Knob

Field trip: Lookouts and High Places

Lookouts and High Places September Hikes - Gobblers Knob

Join us for fall colors and stunning views from Gobbler's Knob within Mt. Rainier National Park. **Trip initially open to Lookouts and High Places Day Hiking Series students. Trip will open for registration to all Mountaineers 7 to 10 days prior to the hike date.**

  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,565 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,485 ft
  • Pace: 2

7:00 am Eatonville Visitor Center: All will meet and greet at the Eatonville Visitor Center 132 Mashel Ave N. Eatonville, WA 98328, gear shift then caravan to the trailhead. There is limited cell service at the Westside Road to Gobblers Knob Fire Lookout. 

**Carpooling is encouraged but not required. We will gear shift and take riders from Eatonville Visitor Center. Please be prepared to chip in a few bucks if you are a rider.

***PARK PASS: All vehicles continuing to the park, must have an America the Beautiful pass or military or senior pass; you may be asked for your photo ID so have it handy.

This hike starts as a shaded gravel uphill walk becoming a gradual hike along the Tahoma Creek on the Westside Road. Once reaching the trailhead, the trail heads gently to Lake George. Just beyond the trail becomes exposed with more switchbacks and elevation gains. Fantastic views of Mt. St. Helens, Goat Lake below in the distance and eventually Rainier at the fire lookout, it is a beautiful and peaceful hike great for fall colors. 

PLEASE NOTE: The limited water source this time of year and all participants will need to carry at least 2L of water and/or filter for Lake George.

Participants should have had successfully day hiked a 2500' gain with at least 8-10 miles within the last few weeks prior to this trip.

When we reach the fire lookout, we will take a longer break for lunch and we might decide to hike over to the Marine Memorial. We should be back to the cars around 4 pm at the latest if we do this side trip up the trail.

GEAR: Please read the Required Equipment Tab on the initial trip description page. There could be a few minor changes. It is recommend to have trekking poles, hat and gloves, layered clothing of moisture wicking fabric.


Gobblers Knob

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

10 Essentials


Trekking Poles recommended

Rain Gear

Extra Layers, non-cotton moisture wicking fabric, including hat/gloves. 

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