Fall Colors on the Seneca Rocks Trail, West Virginia

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West Virginia, United States, North America
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Oct 16, 2011
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Fall Colors on the Seneca Rocks Trail, West Virginia
Created On: Oct 15, 2011
Last Edited On: Oct 18, 2011


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 RocksJohn 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 summitThe 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 RocksJohn on the summit

Summi, Seneca RocksJohn on the summit

View from SummitThe view from the summit


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Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Oct 15, 2011 9:51 pm - 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.

Sierra Ledge Rat

Sierra Ledge Rat - Oct 17, 2011 10:35 pm - Hasn't voted

Sorry you missed it

It was truly spectacular


silversummit - Oct 16, 2011 2:34 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!

Sierra Ledge Rat

Sierra Ledge Rat - Oct 17, 2011 10:36 pm - Hasn't voted

Luck of the draw

It was a last-minute trip, didn't really plan for it. Got lucky, I guess.


jaxcharlie - Oct 17, 2011 2:31 pm - Voted 10/10



Sierra Ledge Rat

Sierra Ledge Rat - Oct 17, 2011 10:37 pm - Hasn't voted

Mucho gracias



SenadR - Oct 21, 2011 4:34 pm - Voted 10/10


Love the colors, very nice!


crussellbowden - Dec 20, 2015 8:04 pm - Voted 8/10


Amazing scenery, makes me wish I traveled there from my home base in NC this autumn. Next year!

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