I drove up this peak sometime back in the mid-90s. More recently, I have participated in trail races at the nearby Mountain Institute.
Some views on the drive up but the top was covered in fog and rain so there was no view at all. All to myself at the observation tower, but windy and cold. HP #16...on to MD same day.
Well groomed and lots of wild flowers.
Skied part way.
Nice day on top.
When I went up there were a couple of inches of snow on the ground. I tried to find the USGS marker but I couldn't. I was the only person there and it was beautiful!
While it was raining at campground @ Harpers Ferry decided to road trip it to Spruce Knob. This is an ideal high point to occupy time with wife who is not a hiker. The drive up to the parking area and the 900' walk to the tower was enough for her. Smoothed it over with a picnic.
Such a beautiful trail at this high elevation - amazing views! We stopped here one of the days on our 9-person RV trip. We picked up a couple geocaches at the top and took some amazing photos!
WV-MD-PA in five hours
Other than one car descending about midway down the mountain on Briery Gap Road as I drove up, I didn't see anyone else on the mountain. Road conditions worsened as I ascended, and I was happy to park the car at the base of Forest Road 104 and hike the rest of the way. The sun and wind were knocking ice off the Spruce trees so fast that it sounded like a hail storm in some spots. Views from the top were nice, but the drive back down was dreadful until I descended below the snow line. HP38
3rd highpoint of the evening. It was pitch black outside when I made it, but no worries: there were no views to be had anyways because of the fog. And the wind must have been blowing 50+ MPH.
5th State HP.
Did this one for the first time as a 7 year old. It was 15 years until I hit HP #2. I have been back to Spruce Knob twice since my first time and always enjoy the view from the tower.
With a couple inches new snow th enite before - the summit was postcard perfect! Cold and forsted over... spent a couple hours hiking the summit trail. Found a neat campsite about 1-1/2 N with stone 'chairs'. Quick lunch... then back tot he top. Beautiful day!
Dispersed camped the night before next to Gandy Creek in the Monongahela NF, woke up way too early (3:30am) broke camp and drove to the summit. Turns out the sunrise wasn't until 7:30ish! Lots of time to myself in the dark, but worth it as I got to watch the sunrise on the watchtower all by myself. Fall foliage was still decent, windy, but great view from this obvious highpoint.
Went up this one at about age 12. Nice drive and very windy at the top.
I was in Fairmont, WV on a business trip, and decided it would be an easy drive-up after work let out, taking advantage of the long daylight hours this time of year.
My car's GPS took me a roundabout route with lots of dirt-gravel driving, but I got there eventually. Took the easier paved route on the way back through Briery Gap and got the extra treat of seeing Seneca Rocks as a bonus.
Awesome trip, beautiful views. The Allegheny Mountains really are pretty, even for a hardened highpointer from California!
My 4th state high point. Long ways to go! I'm sure I'll recall the easy drive up while sucking air at altitude on some of the western high points :)
got to see the sunset, beautiful. Plan on doing mt davis and backbone very soon.