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Spruce Knob, WV - Routes?

Postby Jow » Thu Oct 14, 2010 4:13 pm

I am planning to go to Spruce Knob however the mountains' page has no trip reports or route descriptions. It says that there is lots of trails or that you can drive up. I am looking for like a nice half day hike but I know nothing of the area or the many different options. I'd rather not just walk up the road as that isn't any fun. Anyone able to help?
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Re: Spruce Knob, WV - Routes?

Postby Buz Groshong » Thu Oct 14, 2010 5:30 pm

There's a book on hikes in Monongahela N.F. that has some info on it. Also maybe try the N.F. web site.
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Re: Spruce Knob, WV - Routes?

Postby Hotoven » Thu Oct 14, 2010 7:26 pm

The high point book I own says there's mainly two ways up. The drive up and a 11 mile hike up (22 miles round trip). I did that last spring and did it in two days one night. Very nice hike. The details I got were in this book.

http://www.amazon.com/Highpoints-United-States-Guide-Summits/dp/0874806453

From the map I got at the local area It seemed that there was about an 8 mile hike up (one way), but its been a while. If your interested I might be able to dig it up.
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Re: Spruce Knob, WV - Routes?

Postby Jow » Thu Oct 14, 2010 8:36 pm

Thanks at first I had no idea what Monongahela N.F. could possibly stand for. But thanks to Google i deciphered the code and found the site for this national forest and had a bunch of trails.

Looks like around 8 mile each way is the best route for my purposes, as I have no time to backpack during this trip. Current thinking is Seneca Creek Trail to Judy Springs Trail to Huckleberry Trail.
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Re: Spruce Knob, WV - Routes?

Postby Jow » Fri Jan 07, 2011 4:44 pm

Another question. Is there anywhere to stay around there the night before? Like a Best Western or something and any decent place to get some food. Will be doing PA and MD highpoints the night before so coming from north direction if that matters. Its a snowing friday and i like to plan months in advance.
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Re: Spruce Knob, WV - Routes?

Postby AndyJB444 » Mon Jan 10, 2011 2:50 pm

If coming from the north then your best bet is probably in Petersburg, WV...I know there are some reasonably nice single-room hunting cabins just outside of town, and maybe a no-name motel or two in town. There are a couple diners you can choose to eat at, or hit mcdonalds, sheetz, etc. You ARE in the middle-of-nowhere WV afterall, so keep expectations low.

It will be cold, windy, and snowy on Spruce, so plan accordingly. Enjoy the hike!
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