Area: Westside Road
||Hike Type: Mountain views||Pass: Natl. Park Pass|
|Distance: 12.4 mi RT||Duration: 7 hrs||Difficulty Level: Strenuous|
|Snow-Free: July – October||High Point: 5,465 ft||Elevation Gain: 2,600 ft|
Features: historic fire lookout, historic patrol cabin, subalpine lake, exceptional old-growth, alpine views, backcountry camping
At 5,485-feet, Gobblers Knob is the lowest of Rainier’s four remaining fire lookouts. It used to be the shortest to reach too. Now, you must walk (or bike) 3.8 miles of the closed Westside Road to get to the old trailhead. While this hike is long—it is not difficult. The road is easy walking and the trail is wide and well-graded. The old-growth forest along the way is magnificent and Lake George makes for a nice lunch spot; or if you’re inclined to spend the evening—a great camping spot. And the views? Breathtaking to the point that you just may need a little resuscitation!