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Hike through meadows nestled more than a mile above sea level, but climb only 500 feet to get there. What could be better? Perhaps meadows punctuated with stunning horizons capped by the snow-clad Mount Rainier. Add in a large resident herd of elk, some pretty doe-eyed mule deer, and a few hundred birds. Too much to ask? Maybe, but that's exactly what you get on Noble Knob.

The trail angles north around the flank of Mutton Mountain, gaining only a few feet in the first mile. From the start the trail slides through lush wildflower meadows with incredible views of the rocky top of this moun-tain and back south to Castle Mountain.

A few hundred feet down the trail, a rough side trail leads to the right; this boot-beaten path rejoins the main trail in about a mile. Stay left on the mail trail to avoid this rough path. About 1.5 miles from the car, another trail split is reached. Stay right to continue contouring through meadows below the jagged spine of Dalles Ridge. At nearly 2.5 miles the trail crosses a low saddle (elev. 5900 ft) with phenomenal views over the surrounding meadows. Soak it in, before pushing on, dropping a couple hundred feet in the next mile to another trail junction.

This time the left fork drops to above Twentyeight Mile Lake. Stay right and in 0.25 mile find a third junction, this one offering you three trails to choose from. Look left (George Lake), look right (Lost Lake), and go down the middle. Or rather, up the middle, as the center trail climbs a steep 0.5 mile, looping around the circular summit to the 6011-foot crest of Noble Knob.

Once upon a time, a fire lookout station positioned here enabled the fire watch guard to keep an eye on the forest in all directions, watching for lightning strikes and long fingers of smoke. Today the lookout cabin is gone, but the views remain.
Driving Directions:

From Enumclaw, drive east on State Route 410 (Chinook Pass High-way) about 31 miles and turn left (north) onto Corral Pass Road (Forest Road 7174). Drive 6 miles to the trailhead on the left, near where the road hooks south (elev. 5700 ft). If you reach the road end, you've driven about 0.25 mile too far.

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Noble Knob — Aug 27, 2013 — Hikingqueen
Day hike
Features: Ripe berries
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Hike-a-thon #13 I took FS RD 70, 72, 7250 just another back door way to get here since the corral p...
Hike-a-thon #13
I took FS RD 70, 72, 7250 just another back door way to get here since the corral pass is closed from what i read and that road is a nightmare anyway. Once you turn left onto 7250 just take the most direct road, couple more Y's and you are there. Today i knew the views of mountain would be limited but I went for berries. This is my secret spot, well not secret anymore but there's enough for everyone. I picked enough for a few pies. I only saw 2 other people here today. The goats were in their usual spot on the hillside. The fall color has not yet begun. The bonus of the day was seeing a marmot! I have never saw a marmot in this area, so I was super happy when i heard the rock fall and spotted one.
HAT is coming to a close I will only be getting out one more day to make it #14 for the month i should make my 100 mile goal. There's still time to sponsor me if you would like?[…]amp;AID=2449&PID=368764
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Noble Knob — Aug 11, 2013 — walker
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
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Noble Firs are everywhere along the trail to Noble Knob and they make this a beautiful hike, even on...
Noble Firs are everywhere along the trail to Noble Knob and they make this a beautiful hike, even on a day like today when the fog and clouds obscure the famous views. The wildflowers are past their best but still abundant and the huckleberries are just beginning.

Because the Corral Pass Road is closed this summer, we researched other approaches and took the shorter trail described below. This trail alternated between steep climbs and flat walks along the ridgeline. It's easy enough to find the trailhead if you have good directions and keep a careful eye on your GPS or odometer, and the forest service roads can be managed by any car you feel comfortable taking on gravel roads.

This was our route:

From Enumclaw, drive 20 miles east on HY 410
Turn left onto Forest Road 70 and drive 5.8 miles
Turn right onto FR 72 and drive .7 of a mile
Turn left onto FR 7220 and drive 1 mile
Turn right onto FR 7222 (no sign) and drive 3.4 miles
Bear left at the fork to stay on FR 7222 and drive 1.2 miles
Keep left at the next fork and drive 1 mile
Watch carefully for the trailhead on the right. There's no sign or obvious parking area, but the trail can be seen from your car and there's enough room for several cars to park along the right side of the road.

A lot of the trail's elevation gain comes at the beginning. We turned left at 1.24 miles, but I believe you can also turn right here and approach Noble Knob from another angle. At 1.28 miles we made a sharp right turn onto a trail leading straight up the hill for a short, steep climb. We kept left at the fork at 1.42 miles and arrived at Noble Knob at 1.65 miles.
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Noble Knob, Lost Lake, Greenwater and Echo Lakes — Jul 26, 2013 — Maura
Multi-night backpack
Features: Wildflowers blooming
Issues: Blowdowns | Overgrown | Mud/Rockslide | Water on trail | Bugs
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We took three days to complete this 21.2 mile loop trip. We parked on Forest Road 7222 on Friday nig...
We took three days to complete this 21.2 mile loop trip. We parked on Forest Road 7222 on Friday night at Trail #1184 trailhead. We hiked two miles in to George Lake where we spent the night at an amazing campsite on the shores of Lake George. The two mile section of trail begins with a steep climb up through a forested area. The trail is soft and dusty with a few trees blown sideways that can be traversed under. The trail opens up into a beautiful alpine meadow that gave us spectacular views of Mount Rainier and the Cascade Mountain range. The wildflowers were in fine form. At times this section of the trail was a bit overgrown. At the first trail junction we veered left to descend to George Lake for our first night of camping. This section of trail was steep, dusty, and a little rocky. There are several campsites scattered around this lake but we were the only campers there.

The following day we took what we thought was a trail leading out of the camping area up to what we thought was Noble Knob. We were wrong on both counts... The trail was a not so well used deer trail that petered out at the top and had us scrambling. Once atop the ridge we found the actual trail and took it to the peak next to Noble Knob. I would definitely recommend not attempting the scramble but to stick to the trail on the map. (Almost all of this loop hike is covered on Green Trails Map #239 except for the first .5 mile or so of the trail from the trailhead) While the peak we summitted wasn't actually Noble Knob, it did provide us with glorious views. We scrambled about the rocky top and had a grand time doing so. We wouldn't learn of our error until the following day.

The first section of our hike was 5.0 miles on Trail #1185. This trail was dusty and was a lot of downhill. We descended from around 6000 feet to 3000 feet during these 5 miles. Along the way we passed two beautiful blue/green lakes, Lost Lake and Quinn Lake. There were a couple of campsites around both. Quinn Lake seemed to have a lot of bugs, Lost Lake didn't seem as bad. There were a few campers around Lost Lake but Quinn Lake was empty. At times this section of the trail was a bit overgrown and had a little mud/water on the trail, nothing overly bad. We reached our first trail junction after 5 miles and veered right to join the Greenwater Trail (#1176). The first section of trail was 2.5 miles and was more undulating than the steady decline we had endured for the first 5 miles of the day. We gained 500 feet by the time we reached our next trail junction where we veered right to continue along the Greenwater Trail. The left fork is Trail #1186 that, after 5 miles, leads you to the Pacific Crest Trail. From this point we had 1.8 miles until we reached Echo Lake, where we would camp for the night. There were a couple of campsites along the trail that ran close to the Greenwater River. Around the large and scenic Echo Lake there are many campsites, even though there were so many we had a hard time finding an open site. It took us more than an hour and a half to find a site that was open and appealing. Many of the sites have the main trail running through them, making privacy difficult. Echo Lake was freezing but others were swimming, we weren't brave enough to face the cold waters. The last 4.3 miles of trail we had just been on were very well maintained and wider than the first 5 miles of the day. It is clearly used a lot more. Horse manure speckles the trail, as it is a mixed use trail, and there is a horse camp at the south end of Echo Lake that is off limits to hikers. We didn't see any horses on the trail during the weekend though. We managed to find a campsite on the south side of the lake that was a little ways off the trail that provided us with some privacy. Though fishing is popular at the lake so we had several fishermen coming through looking for a spot to fish. We didn't have good access to the Lake itself. There are three open-air pit toilets (that we saw) located around the lake that provide relief to the popular camping spot just be sure to bring your own toilet paper. The bugs were pretty bad around the lake so I would definitely recommend bringing along some spray.

The following morning we continued along the Greenwater Trail for an additional 4.1 miles until we reached Corral Pass. This section of trail isn't as commonly used, making for a more narrow trail. The trail was steep with switchbacks being in short supply. We ascended from 3900 feet at the campground to 5700 feet within the 4.1 miles. You will pass one trail junction after 3 miles, veer right. The left fork takes you onto Trail #1188 and off the Green Trails Map #239 border. Corral Pass is a horse campground that is currently closed. There is a pit toilet that was out of toilet paper but was unlocked and clean. There is a trough with a trickling stream of water for horses, picnic tables, and fire pits are there as well.

From Corral Pass we continued along Forest Road 7174 for a short time before hooking up with the Noble Knob Trail #1184. This is shared use trail between mountain bikes, horses, and hikers. At this point you have left the Norse Peak Wilderness and are back in the Mount Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest. We did encounter a group of 10 or so mountain bikers on the trail. This is a dusty trail due to the uses it is exposed to. It is often on steep mountainsides and, in some areas, is almost washed out. Overall, the impact from mountain bikers isn't too bad. They had made a small social trail at one point that had us cringing. We were on this portion of trail for 3.3 miles. After 1.4 miles there is a trail junction, veer right to continue along the Noble Knob Trail. (this section of trail is well signed) After another 1.7 miles you will encounter another trail junction. Again, take the right fork to continue towards Noble Knob. After .2 miles you will reach a junction. If you go straight you can take the .4 mile spur trail to the top of Noble Knob. The right fork leads you back to Trail #1185 that we walked on the second day. The left takes you the two miles back to the trailhead and Forest Road 7222. From Corral Pass back to the meadow we encountered on our first night the views of Mount Rainier are unbelievable.

Stream crossings occurred on all sections of the trail, bridges and well placed logs allowed easy passage. We never got our feet wet.

Overall this was an amazing 3-day backpacking trip. It was challenging, scenic, and, most of all, enjoyable! I would highly recommend trying out this loop!

For a detailed description of our backpacking trip visit our blog at[…]/noble-knob-to-echo-lake-to-corral-pass-loop
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Noble Knob — Jul 07, 2013 — swiftyhmf
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
Issues: Bugs
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Since I read that Corral Pass road is currently closed we decided to do the North-South approach to ...
Since I read that Corral Pass road is currently closed we decided to do the North-South approach to Noble Knob today. Followed directions up to FS road 7222 and found the trailhead. The first mile or so is a good steady climb to get the legs warmed up then it levels off some as you cross a saddle and you see Noble knob ahead. Saw lots of wild flowers blooming but no berries yet. Also saw a lot of elk, deer and goat tracks all over though we never saw any of the actual animals. At a little over a mile in the trail comes to a Y. We went right and went around the West flank of Noble knob where we eventually met up with the South-North trail and followed it up to the top of Noble Knob. The views from the top of the knob will take your breath away, every direction you look is like a post card. We couldn't see Mt Rainier today because of clouds but it really didn't matter since there was so many other spectacular views to look at. I can't wait to try this one again from the Corral Pass trailhead. Here are directions to the North-South trail we took:
Follow SR 410 through Enumclaw to the town of Greenwater. About 2 miles passed Greenwater, turn Left on FS Road 70, the following mileages are from this point.
Go East on FS road 70 for 5.8 miles, turn right on FS Road 72,
At 6.4 miles, turn left onto FS road 7220, marked by beat up sign.
At 7.5 miles, turn right at unmarked road.
At 8.9 miles, follow main road left and up the hill.
At 10.8 miles, follow sign left for FS road 7222
At 12 miles follow arrow straight to stay on FS road 7222
At 13.1 miles you come to a wide spot in the road with enough room to park 4 or 5 cars on the right.
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Palisades, Noble Knob, Ranger Creek — Jul 06, 2013 — rnnrgrl
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
Issues: Road to trailhead inaccessible
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Followed the White River 50 trail run first 1/2 course + Noble Knob. Palisades trail going up is in ...
Followed the White River 50 trail run first 1/2 course + Noble Knob. Palisades trail going up is in great shape with stellar views as always. Only hit a few patches of snow above the ranger cabin and they will be gone in a week. Wildflowers galore, including bear grass, glacier lilies, lupine and more. Went along the ridge to Corral Pass and then turned around. The views were spectacular! Don't forget your camera. Important to note that the gate is closed to drive up to Corral Pass so don't try to get to Noble Knob trail this way just yet. However, bikers were coming up and said the road looked clear and ready to open so it shouldn't be long. There are no blow downs at all! Then went out to see Noble Knob. There is no trail sign but the tree at the switchback where the sign used to be still has bolts in it so that will be your confirmation. the Noble Knob trail splits 3 ways and we took the middle one to the top. I think the lower one might go to the knob that is further out. Great place for lunch. On the return we took the Ranger Creek trail down from the Ranger Cabin. Long (really long) switch-backing downhill all in the shade. Saw a few more mountain bikes, more of them out than hikers today.
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Sunrise on Noble Knob. Photo by Trip Report poster 'Log Hopper.'
Noble Knob (#1184)
South Cascades -- Chinook Pass - Enumclaw or Hwy 410 area
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District
Roundtrip 7.0 miles
Elevation Gain 500 ft
Highest Point 6011 ft
Mountain views
User info
Good for kids
Dogs allowed on leash
Guidebooks & Maps
Day Hiking Snoqualmie Region by Dan Nelson and Alan Bauer (Mountaineer Books)
100 Hikes in Washington's South Cascades & Olympics by Ira Spring & Harvey Manning (Mountaineers Books).
Green Trails Lester No. 239

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