An alternative to hiking the west side road is to enter from the Glacier View Wilderness via trail 248. To reach the trailhead turn off of Highway 706 onto Forest Road 59 and drive to its end(842k). Once on the trail you will initially share a short segment the Glacier View Trail until you turn right on 248(291k) and travel along the ridge crest before descending in to Beljica Meadows(97k) (to avoid bugs you may want to limit your trips to the autumn). Turning north at the junction (.9 mile) with Lake Christine Lake trail (249)(137k) you will contour around the ridge before dropping down to Goat Lake(316k) and campsites(168k) for a total of 2.5 miles. To get to the Gobbler’s Knob area continue on the trail for about a mile more.
Gregg Petrie ©2000