I scrambled to the top of the Knob with a group of geocachers back in '06. http://udink.org/2010/02/06/san-rafael-knob/
Nice solo hike - weather came in with a snow and moved… beautiful day. Road a little long to hike on, but relatively easy route finding. Make sure you find the right access - follow infrequent cairns, then the route will never be more than class 2/3 hike.
Great hike with my dad. We followed Devil's Canyon to the base of the Knob. A bit of route finding and scrambling got us to where we needed to traverse around the east side of the knob to the final approach on the south side. This section getting to the east side was a bit sketchy as there was some fairly decent exposure on the small ledges, with quite a bit of snow and ice. From there on out it was no problem to the top. Unbelievable views in all directions from the summit. On our decent we retraced our steps down to the base of the knob and then followed the OHV (824) track back to my truck. Our descent path was significantly shorter but our ascent path was far more scenic.
I camped near where the road drops down into Devils Canyon where there are great views of the Knob and plenty of camping, although it is pretty thrashed by ATVers. Luckily I had that area to myself at the time. Glad I didn't continue driving down to Devils Canyon, though- there are some gnarly spots and lots of deep sand at the bottom. Fun anyways to just walk it. Then a nice stroll up the ridge to the base of the Knob and a fun route across the north face to the NE ridge. At that point I started messing around and looking for a more direct route up the steep ridge until the dogs started getting annoyed, so we just continued around to the east side and found the easy way up (easy for dogs, too). I really enjoyed the views from this summit! And I can't wait to get back to the Swell to do some more exploring!
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.
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.
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.
Took me awhile to find the right route but eventually got it
I spent most of my childhood looking at the knob. Finally went out and hiked it with my dad. Beautiful day.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.