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Noble Knob

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410
47.0511, -121.5237 Map & Directions
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
950 feet
Highest Point
6,011 feet
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  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids

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Northwest Forest Pass

This hike up to a former lookout site provides spectacular views of Mount Rainier and the surrounding landscape. Continue reading

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Hiking Noble Knob

For the minimal elevation gain and quick tromp up to this former fire lookout, the payoff is huge. Gaze out in all directions, to wildflower-studded meadows, alpine lakes and snow-capped peaks. Here, you’ll find some of the best views of Mount Rainier around.

There is a trailhead at either end of the Noble Knob Trail 1184, one from Corral Pass and another off of Twentyeight Mile Road (Forest Road 72). The more popular Corral Pass approach has a more developed trailhead, whereas the Twentyeight Mile Road approach has paved portions that make access a little bit easier on your vehicle.

Dalles Ridge Access

On this route, you'll enjoy a lovely ridgeline hike, since most of the elevation gain occurs on the road to the trailhead. You'll begin hiking through a clearing, follow the ridgeline. A little more than a mile into the hike, you'll arrive at a junction with the Ranger Creek Trail. Here, the trail offers views of Mounts Rainier and Baker, Glacier Peak and the Stuart Range, even the Olympic mountains on particularly clear days. After the junction the trail climbs steadily upwards and just short of two miles from the trailhead, you will join the Noble Knob trail.

Head left to take the Noble Knob Trail to the next junction in a tenth of a mile. Here the trail splits in three directions. Take the middle path straight up to the summit.

The views only improve. Catch glimpses of Lost Lake to the east, and Twentyeight Mile Lake to the west. Before you know it you will have reached the top and its 360-degree panoramas. Mount Rainier seems almost close enough to touch. Look north for your first view of George Lake in the meadow-filled cirque below you. Forested peaks spread out in every direction. Find a good place to settle in and enjoy the views.

Corral Pass Access

The route begins mildly, alternating between roadbed and trail while wandering through meadows and sparse stands of fir and pine. Just a few hundred feet down the trail, it will split off; stay left on the main trail. During the late spring, these areas are bursting with wildflowers, and in the fall the underbrush is a sea of reds, oranges, and yellows.

The first mile or so is more or less flat, quickly transporting you to your first glimpses of snow-covered Mount Rainier. In just under two miles you’ll reach the Deep Creek Trail 1196. Stay to the right, following the ridgeline as you turn north. You will parallel the Norse Peak Wilderness to the west before briefly entering it for a few moments 2.6 miles from the trailhead.

You’ll know you went through the Wilderness when you encounter the junction with the Dalles Ridge Trail at three miles. Head right, staying on the Noble Knob Trail to the next junction in a tenth of a mile. Here the trail splits in three directions. Take the middle path straight up to the summit.

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Hike Description Written by
Nate and Jer Barnes, WTA Correspondent

Noble Knob

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.0511, -121.5237 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Northwest Forest Pass

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

Dalles Ridge Access

Coming from Enumclaw, drive east on Highway 410 for 23.7 miles, then turn left onto NF-7200 4 (some maps call this road 72). Drive this road for 7.4 miles. Then turn right onto NF-7250 and continue for 2.4 miles to the Dalles Ridge Trailhead at the end of the road.

Corral Pass Road Access

From the town of Enumclaw, drive about 31 miles eastward on State Highway 410 (the Chinook Pass Highway). After passing the Alta Crystal Resort turnoff, continue another half mile, looking for Forest Road 7174 (the Corral Pass Road). If you reach the Mt. Rainier National Park boundary, you've driven 1 mile too far. Turn left onto it, and pass several cabins. Drive for about six miles up the road (it's very steep and rough), pass the Noble Knob trailhead, and come to Corral Pass and the Rainier View trailhead.

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Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

Noble Knob (#1184)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District

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).

Buy the Green Trails Lester No. 239 map

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