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ScottSan Rafael Knob  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 7, 2013

Scott

Fred Genske joined me for a climb of the San Rafael Knob. We didn’t drive all the way to the standard trailhead so road walked to the ATV track which we hiked. We started off on the wrong track, so we had to do some backtracking and traversing, but once on the right track, we quickly made our way to the Knob.

The San Rafael Knob was a beautiful scramble to the top of a spectacular summit. Interestingly, there was still some snow on the north side. I was going to climb the Northeast Ridge directly, but Fred found an easier way up on the south side.

After enjoying the great views, we descended the knob and made our way quickly back to the vehicle. It was a good climb.
Posted Apr 8, 2013 4:54 pm

DigglerHalloween ascent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 31, 2012

Diggler

Wow- finding out there is a class 2 route up this thing was quite a surprise! With some sparse directions from Bjørnstad's guide, I set off from an obscure parking spot off of 'trail' 0823(?), I was more concerned that I wouldn't find my truck (successful ascent or not) after the fact. This made me nervous until I was successfully back. Left the truck @ 13.31. After some devious route-finding, eventually found my way to the base of the mountain (of course there was a 4WD road that went to the base!). Walked around the NE shoulder & began ascending up somewhat sketchy easy 5th slabs. Got to the shoulder visible to the N & headed up the SE ridge. Easy to mid-5th. Top was wonderful (summited @ 15.22), but didn't really enjoy because of impending route back to vehicle. Left @ 15.30 (my turnaround time). Downclimbing wasn't TOO bad. Tried to follow my route to get to the base, & to my delight, found the road a few hundred feet from my truck- PHEW! Back @ truck @ 17.14. In retrospect, a great climb & day, on a somewhat obscure formation in the spectacular Swell.
Posted Nov 1, 2012 8:20 pm

seanpeckhamCross-country northwest route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 22, 2011

seanpeckham

We parked on the east branch of the Copper Globe road (past where the main branch turns to go into Devil's Canyon) between two buttes that are directly northwest of the Knob, intending to follow Michael Kelsey's route (bringing his book was the only homework we did). We navigated by his crude map and a compass, whenever the Knob and/or our buttes weren't visible. Our route deviated by spending more time in Devil's Canyon, rather than rim-walking, and we didn't cross to the other side in the same place. In retrospect it was a pretty good route, but we felt uncertain about our choices because of how untravelled the area appeared; now I come on summitpost to find that most people drive a lot closer to it, okay. The climb itself was fun and the highlight, and we loved the views especially into Reds Canyon which we'd never seen before, but the extended cross-country travel made it more rewarding.
Posted May 23, 2011 3:35 pm

Matt LemkeOff route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 1, 2011

Matt Lemke

Took me awhile to find the right route but eventually got it
Posted Apr 10, 2011 8:06 pm

voxnihiliChildhood Goal  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2010

voxnihili

I spent most of my childhood looking at the knob. Finally went out and hiked it with my dad. Beautiful day.
Posted Sep 1, 2010 8:59 pm

shknbkenw ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 11, 2009

shknbke

Cool peak albeit short. We made a most excellent day of it by adding 4 other nearby peaks to the day. I'll be back to explore this area more!
Posted Nov 19, 2009 12:20 am

SarahThompsonShort, fun and easy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 11, 2009

SarahThompson

The standard route is interesting but easy, a little too short though. We extended the outing by climbing a few of the surrounding ranked summits. A nice day in the Swell, saw nobody all day.
Posted Nov 16, 2009 5:00 pm

DeanNorthwest route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 15, 2009

Dean

Hiked in via the Copper Globe road which ended up as an 8 mile hike but the nice breeze made for a good hike (can be hot in this area) Did this with Andy Martin and was the 4th day in a row of peakbagging for us.
Posted May 17, 2009 5:57 pm

ericwillhiteNorthwest ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 18, 2009

ericwillhite

Didn't do my homework I guess and missed the NW ridge, attempting the NE ridge area. Went back and did the correct route after figuring out I drew the line on the wrong ridge on my map. Check out my better map in the pictures as well as a picture with the route drawn showing just how high the traverse is on the mountain from the NW ridge. A group of 6 before me missed the ridge as well and had to backtrack. Pics and map at http://www.willhiteweb.com/san_rafael_swell/san_rafael_knob_326.htm
Posted Apr 20, 2009 12:53 am

KadeeNorthwest Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 16, 2007

Kadee

Lots of fun. Great views. It seems like every time I go back to this area there are a couple more people each time. Very fun area to explore and a lot of cool stuff to see. Hiked with a couple friends from Vermont.
Posted Nov 24, 2008 3:30 pm

Jeremy FranchowNorthwest Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2004

Jeremy Franchow

Combined this with a visit to the Copper Globe Mine. Great area with a lot of history and easy access. Keep an eye out for wild horses!
Posted Apr 29, 2007 7:13 pm

mountaingazelleNorthwest Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 15, 2006

mountaingazelle

I climbed San Rafael Knob a week after a snow storm. My vehicle wasn't able to make it to the trailhead because of rough conditions. It added a couple miles to the hike. This is one of the easier scrambles in the Swell but the views are well worth the effort.
Posted Apr 19, 2007 4:21 pm

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