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    Gobblers Knob Fire Lookout

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    18.5 km
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    786 m
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    The Gobblers Knob Fire Lookout hike in Mount Rainier National Park is an 18.5 km hard hike that offers wonderful views over the surrounding mountains. This one is a leg burner—steep on the way up, and unrelenting downhill as you descend. It’s worth the effort, though! Bring lots of water and enjoy.

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    Route Description for Gobblers Knob Fire Lookout

    If you want to get your legs working and enjoy a slice of mountain paradise on the way, try the gobblers Knob Fire Lookout hike. This trail is steep, but it’s a less-busy choice with great views. Some people bring bikes to finish the first section of the hike (which follows the road) more quickly.

    From the end of the maintained section of Westside Road, hike northwest along the road, crossing Fish Creek. Stay left at the Y-junction and follow the trail as it winds in big switchbacks.

    The trail eventually intersects with Lake George Trail. Stay left here onto Lake George, winding over to the patrol cabin at Lake George. Take a breather here before the final big push to Gobblers Knob.

    To descend, retrace your steps, taking care to stay left at the first junction on the descent.

    Getting to the Gobblers Knob Fire Lookout Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Gobblers knob Fire Lookout is at the end of Westside Road. Take the left turn onto Westside Road from the Nisqually-Entrance-to-Longmire Road, and follow it to the end.

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    • Backcountry Campground

      Lake George Camp

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    • Family friendly


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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