This has always been one of our favorite places to explore. Corral Pass Road (FS 7174) was closed for 2 years for maintenance, but the US Forest Service re-opened it in August. It's still a rough road (in other words, we wouldn't take our favorite car up here) but some guests have been driving up in their Subaru's. (We like to take our 4-wheel drive truck.) Good brakes are a must for the drive down -- or better yet, use your low gear.
From Highway 410, it's about a 7-mile drive to the top, with about 2500' of elevation gain. Once at the top, you'll find some gorgeous trails:
- The Rainier View hike starts from the parking area near the horse troughs. The hike is relatively easy, about 2.5 miles roundtrip. Gorgeous views of Mt. Rainier, some really interesting geology, and flat rocks for lounging like lizards on a hot day. Click here. (Note: The trail is now open since the road is open so ignore the red warning.)
- The Noble Knob Trail is accessed via a parking lot (almost a U-turn) before you get to the horse troughs. It's about 2.5 miles each way to the site of an old fire lookout. There's no lookout here now, but the views are incredible. Click here.
- You can actually hike the Greenwater Trail from here all the way down to the trailhead off of FS Road 73, but most people who do this park a car at either end. Gorgeous lakes & views. Click here.
Corral Pass Road will generally close with the first snowfall, sometime in November. We can give you an update when you check in, or call the US Forest Service Enumclaw office at 360-825-6585.