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Old Butt Knob Trail #100

 4 votes

Length

3.6 Miles 5.9 Kilometers


Elevation

2,445' 745 m

Ascent

-402' -123 m

Descent

15%

Avg Grade (8°)

69%

Max Grade (35°)

5,945' 1,812 m

High

3,722' 1,134 m

Low

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All Clear 62 days ago
Some Mud - Great hike out of the big east fork trailhead parking lot. Can be done as a loop with the old butt knob trail. History

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A tough but enjoyable hike with magnificent viewpoints. Hike climbs significantly first two miles. Carry water, avoid heat

Jeffery Porter

Overview

This trail can have lots of bear scat on it, so be bear aware.
Features: Fall Colors — River/Creek — Views

Description

This trail is not blazed, so be sure to bring the Hiking Project mobile app to find your way. Once parked at the trailhead for the Shining Creek Path, follow the trail to the first fork, make a right, and keep your eyes peeled for an unmarked second right where this trail's gpx track begins. If you leave and return to the creek without finding it, you've gone too far.

Once on the trail, it is a steady climb for the first couple of miles to get up to the ridgeline. If you do this trail in the winter, expect to have good views the whole way, but in summer or fall, they're bound to be obscured by the foliage. Once you have reached the ridgeline, the trail will level out and the hiking will be much easier. You'll go over a few knobs, where the forest opens up, before eventually reaching the access trail to Shining Rock (a very large quartz outcropping) that makes a great lunch spot with expansive views. After enjoying Shining Rock, head back to the trail and continue right (west) to find the trail's end in a junction with the Art Loeb Trail.

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Jun 24, 2017
Matt Simcox
Challenging first mile 3.7mi
May 2, 2017
Todd Burgman
Aug 14, 2016
Wendi Lonabaugh

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pretty much your basic fitness hike, steep and to the point. also no reliable water sources once you are on the trail. add to that a heavy southern exposure through the steepest sections and this becomes a winter hike. Apr 27, 2017

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