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Gobblers Knob / Mt Beljica,  Glacier View Wilderness Area,  August 19, 2006     page 1 / 11

My old trail books describe Gobblers Knob as a great day hike with fabulous views. Several of these books were published prior to the closure of the Westside road in Mt. Rainier National Park. With a little review of the local area, though, I found easy access to the Knob via the Glacier View Wilderness area, immediately west of the National Park. After driving east of Ashford, on highway 706, I drove up the rather rough Copper Creek road (FS 59) to the Lake Christine trailhead. (This yielded the shortest drive from the highway, though the hiking distance could have been reduced by starting at a trailhead near Mt. Beljica, near the road's end. See map)

The short hike (0.6 mi) to Lake Christine was wooded and cool. I found the lake to be quite attractive, especially considering how easy it was to reach. The lake surface was flat and still except for an occasional fish rising.

Lake Christine in the morning light