Hike the Noble Knob Trail now for Huckleberries

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

We love the Noble Knob trail, and hike it several times each year.  The views of Mt. Rainier are glorious any time of year.  The wildflowers are incredible in the summer.  And now (in September) the huckleberries are everywhere.

You can actually hike to Noble Knob from Alta Crystal Resort,  It’s about 4 miles each way.  The first 3 1/2 miles is forested (with some great spots for views of the White River Valley).  At about 3 1/2 miles, you come to a clearing with an incredible view of the mountain!  Breathtaking.

At this point, the trail gets steep for about a 1/2 mile, when you’ll come to an intersection where you’ll see a sign for Noble Knob (to the left).  Noble Knob is a big granite “knob” (for lack of a better word), and a fabulous destination spot!  It’s actually the site of a former fire lookout, and if you look carefully, you might find an old spike or two. 

If you don’t feel like hiking 8 miles roundtrip, you can also drive to a trailhead on the Corral Pass Road.  The road is pretty rough (although some guests last weekend were able to do it in their Subaru sedan) and it’s about 6 miles from the turnoff from Highway 410.  When you get to the top, you’ll make a partial u-turn to the trailhead.  From here, it’s about 2 miles each way to Noble Knob—with huckleberries all along the way!  We’ve also heard reports of recent sightings of mountain goats, and we love watching the antics of pikas all along the way.

Rainier View Trail at the top of Corral Pass road is also a favorite!  This trail starts to the right of the horse trough, and we love it.  It’s about 1 1/2 miles each way, and you’ll end up on a ridge line with big boulders where you can sit or sunbathe, and soak in the views of Mt. Rainier.  You can actually continue past the boulders and drop down into the valley where you’ll find beautiful lakes.  The trail winds its way, eventually, back up to the horse trough. 

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