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Edelweiss Knob

Central Cascades

Location

Central Cascades

Length

0.7 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 115 ft.
Highest Point: 3215 ft.

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  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

Springtime brings flowers in spades to this short east-side trail. Ponderosa forest and an exposed rocky knob make for much diversity despite it's short course. Slightly longer looping trials are also available to elongate this hiking opportunity.

From the trailhead follow a sign towards "the knob". This grassy, ponderosa woodland smells warm and sweet in the sunshine, many think the ponderosas smell like butterscotch or even baking cookies.

The trail quickly forks. Take the right-hand fork and you will quickly rise to the top of Edelweiss Knob. Numerous sun loving flowers make this rocky ridgeline their home. Please stay on the trail as their roots and existence are delicate.

Several sittings spots offer good locations to rest, reflect, and soak in the views of the valley below. The steep walls of Lucky Jim Bluff tower over the valley directly across from your vantage point. Snowy peaks of the Sawtooth wilderness run jaggedly towards the sky.

As the trail descends back into pine forest stay left at a fork to return to your car. The trail to the right winds down hill through more pine forest and through some cool, shaded areas. There are several trails which loop around so be sure to be aware of your path if you need to backtrack.

If you descend to a dirt road and you prefer to take the road back to your car just turn left. This steep road has one switchback over roughly one mile back to your car. User trails also return up the hill. Be safe, have fun, and explore this relatively undeveloped area with many, many flowers early in the season.

Edelweiss Knob

Map & Directions

Trailhead

Central Cascades

Toilet Information

  • No toilet at trailhead

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Getting There

Driving 20 westbound from Winthrop, just after leaving downtown turn right (north) onto Westside Chewuch Road. At just under a mile bear left onto Rendezvous Road. At two miles bear left onto Gunn Ranch Road. As this road winds through National Forest it turns into Forest Service Road 5215.

At about 10 miles total bear left onto FS 100. At approximately 12 miles from Winthrop you will reach a three way intersection. The trail leaves directly across from where you have entered from. Park where ever you like.

This is also the trailhead for a popular mountain bike trail (Rendezvous Basin Trail).

Note: Though FS 100 continues downhill towards hwy 20 this road is very steep and unmaintained at times. It is shorter but in very poor condition.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 

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