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Gobblers Knob/Lake George

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 4.2 (9) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A moderate hike to a subalpine lake and a one-of-a-kind rock outcrop with views to boot.


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10.7

Miles

17.2

KM

Out and Back

5,340' 1,627 m

High

2,899' 884 m

Low

2,466' 752 m

Up

2,466' 752 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

45%

Max Grade (24°)

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Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Fires are prohibited. No pets on trails. Treat water before drinking.

Overview

Lake George is a pristine mountain lake nestled in the northwest shoulder of Mount Wow. The rock outcrop of Gobblers Knob is situated at the north end of Mount Wow, a mountain whose name means "goat".

Need to Know

Campsites at Lake George are popular. Permits are required for camping. Permits and current trail conditions are available park-wide from wilderness information centers, ranger stations, and visitor centers.

Description

Take the Westside Road to the gate at Dry Creek (approximately 3 miles from the start of the road). Due to danger from rock fall, vehicles must park south of the barricade at Dry Creek. Hikers and bicyclists should travel through the area with caution and avoid lingering in the rock fall hazard zone.

Hike up the closed portion of the road to Round Pass and the trailhead (approximately 4 miles). The route to Lake George is easy with a gradual incline, and most hikers will choose to stop there. It is popular for families with small children. The slog to Gobblers Knob Lookout is an additional 1.5 miles and much steeper.

Flora & Fauna

Enjoy the shoreline of Lake George and spectacular views of Mount Rainier and the Tahoma Glacier from Gobblers Knob. On a clear day the peaks of Mount St. Helens, Mount Hood, Mount Adams, and the Olympic Mountains are visible. The fire lookout has been in use since the 1930s.

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Tom Robson

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 9 votes

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Photos

View of Rainier and Liberty Cap above Westside Road
Jul 21, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
View of Rainier and Liberty Cap above Westside Road
Mar 4, 2015 near Eatonville, WA

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Jul 18, 2020
Daniel Coyne
Jul 17, 2020
Eric Halldro
From road closure to Goat Lake, back to Gobbler Knob lookout, then Lake George and out. Good fishing at Goat Lake. Trail in good shape. 14mi — 7h 00m
Aug 23, 2019
Sophia Riffkin
Jun 6, 2019
Ethel Jayne
Sep 22, 2018
Al G
Jul 26, 2018
Sophia Riffkin
14mi
Jun 30, 2018
Allison Korczynski
12.3mi
Jul 30, 2017
Brad Strathman
Hike along an access road leading up to start of trail. Beautiful views of Mt. St Helens, Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood. Wildflowers galore. 10.7mi