Hiking, Mount Rainier, Pregnancy, Top Trips

Return to Noble Knob

Oh, Noble Knob. Back in 2007 when I picked this trail (for the name alone, since I am apparently 12 years old) as our first family hike, I had no idea how many great memories would come from this modest little mountain. It was where I truly fell in love with hiking, where we said goodbye to little Scabbers, and where we found healing when we desperately needed it. I was hoping to make it up there while schlepping this belly around, and I did it!


Our timing left a little to be desired since we started hiking just as the front-runners in the White River 50 Mile Endurance Run came into the Corral Pass aid station, which meant that about 300 runners had to pass us…out and back. Then again, trail runners are pretty much the happiest, most endorphin-high creatures on the planet (at least when they’re “only” 16 miles into a race), so it truly was a joy to watch and talk to them, even though I had to step off the trail more times than I could count.

White River 50 Mile Endurance Run

Unfortunately, repeatedly stepping off the trail aggravated my SPD, and my pubic symphysis popped out of alignment again, or whatever that feeling is. All I know is that it makes walking feel very painful, and I thought we were going to have to turn around before our hike had really begun. We found a clearing and JK helped me pop it back into place (we do this exercise every day, which allows me to function as a mobile human being). I felt instant relief, but was a little more waddly and uncomfortable than usual for the remainder of the hike…luckily those lovely endorphins overrode the discomfort soon enough. I wish there was a way for me to get an injection of pure endorphins during labor.

Tiger lilies Love this bit of trail

Apart from all that, I felt much more energized than I thought I would at 33 weeks. It’s the magic of the mountains, I tells ya. It’s impossible to not be excited by life when you’re in a place like this. Even when your dog rolls in elk feces then tries to sit on your lap (I know, I know, I might as well get used to being covered in poop).

JK was there too!

Something tells me we’re not done making memories on this noblest of knobs.

Walking through columbine

Noble Knob | 7 miles | 500 feet elevation gain –

Heading home

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  • Reply Michelle August 6, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Thanks for the SPD link, great you are still getting out and about, enjoy the remainder of your pregnancy, its a unique feeling even if uncomfortable at times!

  • Reply jill i August 10, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Yea, you’re still out there! Doing pregnancy right. Never been to Noble Knob, this native Washingtonian/Oregonian is learning about hikes in my land from you. :)
    If you’re boaters or have friends with a boat, an easy, kid-friendly hike is to Eagle’s Cliff on Cypress Island (1.3 mile RT from Pelican Beach), blog post soon. But keep dogs and kids on a leash away from the cliff edge! Imagine your blog will go silent soon for a spell as imagine you’re nearing viable delivery dates…good luck, hope it’s a fast delivery with a healthy little future happy hiker soon.

  • Reply jill i August 10, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    make that 2.6 miles RT on the hike I mention above. :)

  • Reply Ingunn August 11, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Thanks for the tip! I’ve actually really enjoyed the pregnancy-friendly hikes we’ve been doing this summer, I’ve tried so many new trails and found several that I hope will be future family favorites! We hiked to Bench and Snow Lakes by Rainier yesterday and it was wonderful – we even found huckleberries and caught a glimpse of a bear. :)

    I’m 35 weeks now and my body has definitely decided to slow down – time to get out on neighborhood trails instead and spend some time getting the house ready and freezer stocked with meals.

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