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Fall Colors on the Seneca Rocks Trail, West Virginia

Fall Colors on the Seneca Rocks Trail, West Virginia

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: West Virginia, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 38.79263°N / 79.49158°W

Object Title: Fall Colors on the Seneca Rocks Trail, West Virginia

Date Climbed/Hiked: Oct 16, 2011

Activities: Scrambling

Season: Fall


Page By: Sierra Ledge Rat

Created/Edited: Oct 15, 2011 / Oct 18, 2011

Object ID: 754229

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Page Score: 84.26%  - 18 Votes 

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Marjorie & John (Aussies from Canberra, ACT)
Sierra Ledge Rat (Yank who now hails from West Virginia)


Seneca Rocks is a fin of quartize in the eastern mountains of Almost Heaven, West Virginia. It is one of the major rock-climbing centers in West Virginia, second to the New River Gorge.


Marjorie, John and I have known each other for over 10 years. We first met each other during an international caving trip to Iceland in the year 2000. Since then, we have been caving together on Jeju Island (Korea), Far North Queensland (Australia) and Victoria (Australia).


Marjorie and John were looking to see the fall colors here in Appalachia. So we chose to climb Seneca Rocks on October 16, 2011.


Why? Take a look for yourself.

Seneca Rocks
John at the visitor's center. The tourist trail zig-zags up the hillside on the far left of the photo to the observation platform. The final scramble follows the left skyline of the left summit.

Fall in West Virginia

The steep tourist trail, Seneca Rocks

Fall Colors

Fall Colors on Seneca Rocks

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Short scramble to the summit
The very short class 2+ scramble to the summit of Seneca Rocks. Wet quartizite is slick as ice!!!

Fall Colors on the Summit

Summit of Seneca Rocks
John on the summit

Summi, Seneca Rocks
John on the summit

View from Summit
The view from the summit


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Bob SihlerUnfair

Bob Sihler

Voted 10/10

I had wanted to go out there last night, but it turned out that I was on kid duty last night and today. Maybe next weekend, but those colors will probably be gone.
Posted Oct 15, 2011 9:51 pm

Sierra Ledge RatSorry you missed it

Sierra Ledge Rat

Hasn't voted

It was truly spectacular
Posted Oct 17, 2011 10:35 pm



Voted 10/10

One of my favorite places but I chose western Maryland last weekend for leave peeping! Glad somebody got to enjoy them!
Posted Oct 16, 2011 2:34 pm

Sierra Ledge RatLuck of the draw

Sierra Ledge Rat

Hasn't voted

It was a last-minute trip, didn't really plan for it. Got lucky, I guess.
Posted Oct 17, 2011 10:36 pm



Voted 10/10

Posted Oct 17, 2011 2:31 pm

Sierra Ledge RatMucho gracias

Sierra Ledge Rat

Hasn't voted

Posted Oct 17, 2011 10:37 pm



Voted 10/10

Love the colors, very nice!
Posted Oct 21, 2011 4:34 pm



Voted 8/10

Amazing scenery, makes me wish I traveled there from my home base in NC this autumn. Next year!
Posted Dec 20, 2015 8:04 pm

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