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The Mountain from Gobblers Knob in Mt. Rainier National Park | by Andrew E. Larsen
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The Mountain from Gobblers Knob in Mt. Rainier National Park

Distance: 7.4 mi (Change units)

Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 2014 ft

Total Loss: 1079 ft

Net Change: 935 ft

Difficulty: 5 / 10

Tags: Washington, Mount Rainier National Park, Gold Bar


From the small parking area, hike northeast into Glacier View Wilderness, aptly named for its west-side views of the hanging glaciers on Mount Rainier. In 100 yards, turn right onto Puyallup Trail (Trail 248) for a cruisy stretch south. Less than half a mile later, turn left and hike along the edge of Beljica Meadows, a narrow field covered with bog orchids, asters, and lupines; look south for views of Mount Beljica. Near end of the meadow, the trail skirts a shallow, 2-acre pond (likely seasonal).


One mile into the hike, turn left on Trail 248 and head north toward a steep, ankle-twister descent into Goat Lake basin (huckleberries in summer); campsites rim the long shoreline of Goat Lake. At mile 2.7, continue southeast into Mount Rainier National Park and prepare for a steep uphill ahead. After 3.3 miles, the route turns left for the final, 450-foot climb to Gobblers Knob. Relish the exquisite views of Mount Rainier from this crowd-free summit, then retrace your steps to the car.


TO TRAILHEAD: From Ashford, WA, take WA 706 E for 3 mi. Turn L onto FR 59. Road ends @ Glacier View trailhead.

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Taken on August 8, 2011