E. Fk. Blacks Fk.-Red Knob Pass-S. Ridge

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Utah, United States, North America
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E. Fk. Blacks Fk.-Red Knob Pass-S. Ridge
Created On: Jan 22, 2005
Last Edited On: Mar 7, 2006


From the traffic light in Kamas and the intersection of route 248 and 32, head north 0.1 to SR 150 (Mirror Lake Highway). Turn Right onto SR 150 and follow for 49 miles to FR 058, turn right onto FR 058 (Dirt Road) and follow for 21.2 miles to the intersection with another dirt road heading north south. Turn right and follow road south for approximately 6 miles to the parking area at the East Fork Blacks Fork camping area and trailhead.

Route Description

The trail begins just down the road from the parking lot campground. A wooded board marks the trail. (You can save a little mileage by driving to the end of the road and ranger station, but this is not recommended because there is no bridge). Cross the river on a bridge. Enjoy the bridge because the rest of the river crossings are usually not bridged. Head south along the trail that follows the river. There is a junction about 1.3 miles from the trailhead. Keep your eyes open, because unless things have changed in recent years, it is easy to miss the trail juntion and get in the wrong drainage (we did on our first trip). Turn right at the junction. Once on the right trail, follow the trail all the way to Red Knob Pass-East (Note: There are actually three passes right near each other, and it has debated as to which one is the "real" Red Knob Pass. Different maps label different passes as Red Knob Pass). The trail climbs in elevation rather slowly until the very end, and the river crossings are the major obstacles along the route. If your lucky, you can find a log to cross on, if not, you will have to wade. The pass is about 11.5 miles from the trailhead. There are several scenic campsites in the upper basin. We camped at 11,300 feet, above timberline, less than a mile short of the pass, but campsites farther down the trail provide more shelter. From the pass, scramble north up the south ridge to the summit. There are several rugged sections and a few cliff bands to liven things up. Always pass the cliff band/obstacles on the right (east). The highest part of the ridge has some loose rock, so beware. On the summit is a rock wall and the benchmark "Wasatch". The name is somewhat a mystery since the peak is not in the Wasatch Range. Enjoy the fine views before returning.

Essential Gear

A good pair of boots is needed.

E. Fk. Blacks Fk.-Red Knob Pass-S. Ridge

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