Mount Rainier National Park
National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
Lake George and Gobblers Knob
Lake George is a pristine mountain lake, nestled in a bowl on the
north side of Mount Wow. A rock outcrop called Gobblers Knob
stands at the north end of Mount Wow and offers a spectacular
view of Mount Rainier on clear days.
Parking Area (Dry Creek)
Westside Road is closed
to motorized vehicles
beyond this point
To Nisqually Road
Lake George: 8.6 miles (14 km)
Gobblers Knob: 11.8 miles (19 km)
Lake George: Easy
Gobblers Knob: Moderate
Lake George: 1455 feet (443 m)
Gobblers Knob: 2590 feet (789 m)
Trailhead: Drive 3 miles up the Westside
Road to the gate at Dry Creek. Hike the
closed portion of the road for 3.5 miles
(5.6 km) until you reach the Lake George
trailhead at Round Pass. The 0.8-mile (1.3
km) hike to the lake from the trailhead is
an easy walk with a gradual incline. The
1.6 miles (2.6 km) from Lake George to
Gobblers Knob is much steeper.
Round-trip Hiking Time
Lake George: 4-5 hours
Gobblers Knob: 6-7 hours
Along the Trail
Do not feed or approach wildlife.
Pets and bicycles are not allowed
on park trails.
Do not pick flowers or collect other
park resources (rocks, wood, etc.).
Carry the “10 Essentials” and
Leave No Trace of your visit.
Use a topographical map.
Permit required for wilderness camping.
Take time to enjoy the shoreline of Lake
George and the summer wildflowers on
the way up to Gobblers Knob. A shelter
facing the lake is available for day users
on a first-come, first-served basis. At
Gobblers Knob, an old fire lookout
which dates back to the late 1930s offers
spectacular views of Mount Rainier and
the Tahoma Glacier cascading down its
west slope. On a clear day, you can see the
peaks of St. Helens, Hood, Adams, and the
Olympics from Gobblers Knob.
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