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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Location: 46.796226, -121.947566
Location: 46.796600, -121.946853
Hike into Glacier View Wilderness, aptly named for its west-side views of the hanging glaciers on Mount Rainier. Turn right onto Puyallup Trail (labeled 248).
Location: 46.792538, -121.946118
Turn left @ 3-way junction, heading east.
Location: 46.792473, -121.942886
Beljica Meadows: Half-mile meadow is covered with bog orchids, asters, and lupines, plus view straight up Mount Beljica.
Location: 46.788660, -121.938361
Near end of meadow is a shallow 2-acre pond (likely seasonal).
Location: 46.789989, -121.935561
Go left @ junction with Christine Trail (249), staying on Trail 248.
Location: 46.796652, -121.930990
Steep, ankle-twister descent into Goat Lake basin (huckleberries in summer).
Location: 46.794507, -121.925433
Fine campsites rim the long shoreline of Goat Lake.
Location: 46.793097, -121.918759
Sign marks boundary of Mount Rainier National Park. Steep uphill ahead.
Location: 46.791121, -121.913073
More lovely meadows lead to a nondescript pass. Important: Stay straight and go downhill on trail, ignoring faint footpath on left. You need to descend slightly, then go up again.
Location: 46.791996, -121.913025
Turn left @ T with Gobblers Knob Trail. Only 450 feet to the summit.
Location: 46.794308, -121.914345
Gobblers Knob offers exquisite views of Mount Rainier. After 1 to 3 hours on this crowd-free summit, retrace steps to car.
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