High alpine meadows, fields of wildflowers, great views of Mt. Rainier and gentle ascent make this trail an excellent hike. If you go early in the day you might catch glimpses of deer, elk and other wildlife along the trail. Many viewpoints on your way to the summit will keep your interest. Noble Knob once hosted a fire lookout and is a great place to relax, have lunch and enjoy the views.
South to North: Start at Corral Pass and on part trail, part abandoned road. Your first chance to view Mt. Rainier is at mile 1.5. A little further along come to the Deep Creek Trail 1196 junction at mile 1.8.
Your visit to Norse Peak Wilderness is short as you enter at mile 2.7 and leave at mile 2.8. You will come to several trail junctions: at mile 2.9 is the Lost Lake Trail 1185 (area is unavailable) and at mile 4.0 is the spur trail to George Lake. The next section of the trail you will cross multiple forest roads. At mile 5.0 is the first road switchback where you will resume the trail ahead on the left side. At mile 5.6 cross FS road 7222610. Just ahead at mile 6.5 is a junction with FS road 7222410. Follow the road and go right for 150 feet to the junction with FS road 7222510. Continue for 0.6 mile to the trail junction on the left. Your last road crossing is at mile 7.6 with FS road 7222210. At mile 7.9 you will have reached the end of the rail on FS road 72.
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At a Glance
No motorized vehicles allowed.
Dogs must be on a leash.
Use established rings for campfires.
A valid Recreation Pass required at Corral Pass Trailhead.
Check current conditions or call Snoqualmie Ranger District, Enumclaw Office at 360-825-6585.
Via Corral Pass Trailhead: Drive east on State Highway 410 from Enumclaw 31.6 miles to Corral Pass Road #7174. Turn left (east) on Road #7174 and follow it 6.7 miles. Trailhead is on left side of road just before the large developed parking area. Small parking area at trailhead can hold up to 6 vehicles.
Via Twenty-Eight Mile Road #72: Drive east on State Highway 410 from Enumclaw 20.3 miles to the Greenwater Road #70. Turn left (north) onto Road #70 and follow it 4.6 miles to Road #72. Turn right (south) onto Road #72 and follow for 4.1 miles to trailhead on the left side of the road. There is room for parking on right road shoulder for 4 vehicles.