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Red Spruce Knob Trail

 
Red Spruce Knob Trail

Page Type: Route

Location: West Virginia, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 38.32630°N / 80.1542°W

Object Title: Red Spruce Knob Trail

Route Type: Hiking, Skiing

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Time Required: Less than two hours

Difficulty: Class 1

Grade: I

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Created/Edited: Mar 11, 2006 / Mar 11, 2006

Object ID: 180133

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Overview

Summary
Length: 1.2 miles, one-way
Elevation Low/High: 4320/4703
Difficulty: Class 1 - easy, well marked trail
Time Required: 1-2 hours
Trail is marked with blue diamond blazes

This 1.2 mile long trail leads to the top of the 9th highest point in West Virginia. The easy trail passes through red spruce forests, home to the endangered Virginia Flying Squirrel. At the top, the trail loops the summit, where the remains of an old fire tower can be found and a view of the surrounding mountains and valleys opens up.

 
Hiking Red Spruce Knob Trail
 

Getting There

The trail can be accessed from the Red Spruce Knob Trailhead. Directions can be found on the trailhead's page or the Red Spruce Knob page.

 
Red Spruce Knob from the Northwest
 

Route Description

The route gently climbs to a ridge through a patch of red spruce. Once on the ridge, it stays on the ridge over level terrain. Near the summit, the trail loops around the top in another patch of red spruce. The trail circles the location of the former fire tower and the view is found on the southeastern end of the mountain.

 
Red Spruce Knob Topo
 

Essential Gear

Basic hiking gear is neccessary. In the winter, snowshoes or skis are necessary most of the time.

Images

Red Spruce Knob TopoRed Spruce Knob from the SouthwestRed Spruce Knob from the SouthRed Spruce Knob Trail OverlookRed Spruce Knob from the NorthwestHiking Red Spruce Knob TrailView from Red Spruce Knob
Red Spruce Knob TrailRed Spruce Knob from the SoutheastRemains of Red Spruce Knob Fire TowerRed Spruce Knob Trailhead