#17 Spruce Knob, West Virginia (4863'), June 27, 2010.
Mileage: Drive up (no walking)
Directions to summit: (courtesy of Don Holmes' Highpoints of the United States) Spruce Knob summit is 13 miles SSW from the Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area.
From the Backbone Mountain parking area (MD highpoint) in Silver Lake, WV, continue down Route 219 to WV-32 and then to US-33 E and WV-55 for 12.3 miles, then left on WV-28/WV-55 (Mountaineer Drive) to Seneca Rocks, WV.
From Seneca Rocks follow 33/28 south for about ten miles to County Road 4 (right). Go 1.8 miles to the junction of 4 and County Road 6, keep left. Continue on Forest Route 112 for 8.2 miles (bear right at the intersection at .6 miles to Forest Route 104 on right). Turn right on Forest Route 104 and continue 1.9 miles to Spruce Knob parking area. Observation tower is a short walk.
This was destination #3 of my highpointing hat trick (see PA and MD reports) and though I was tired from a day of flying in to Pittsburgh and driving to Davis and Backbone Mountains, I looked forward to the views from Spruce Knob.
Spruce Knob Mountain did not disappoint. The drive through Seneca Rocks is beautiful with all its rock pillars; a playground for climbers. What seemed like a long way to the summit access road gave way to just under two miles of uphill and voila! - the most spectacular sunset!
I walked up the observation tower, took a few photos, noted that the parking lot had bear-proof trash cans. The mountain road faced west so I had beautiful pink and purple views on the way back to Seneca Rocks.
|Sun just beginning to set.|
|Interesting dumps of talus here and there.|
Dinner was in Seneca Rocks, across from the Harpers Old Country Store. I spent the night in a room above the store. The next morning I asked the cashier how to get back to Pittsburgh and he looked at me as if to say, "Why would you want go there?!"