The road is not maintained in winter and there was about 1' on the ground drove up the East side of the mountain on Forest RD 112. Parked at a pull off 5.5 miles from the summit, hiked to the summit then took the Huckleberry trail to Seneca creek trail then took the auto road back to the car.
The original plans was to hike Seneca creek to huckleberry and descend the auto road to the truck but the truck didn't make it over the mountain to the west side and I still felt like hiking from the base of the mountain which made for a long day being that I had to break trail anytime I was off the road. If you try a winter ascent don't plan on crossing over the mountain if there's snow on the ground and approach from the west side. Ended up around 18 miles of hiking
Headed out to West Virginia from Eastern Maryland early in the morning for a long day of high pointing that started with Spruce Knob. Dad and I wandered around a bit, even found makeshift seating with boulders that reminded us of the Flintstones! We were lucky and were out there AFTER the rains, so cool weather and relatively minimal mud!
West Virginia highpoint.
Summited along with my wife (No. 9 for her). Nice day but some fog. Good views to the north. HP 1 of 3 today ( Maryland, Pennsylvania).
Seneca to Judy to Huckleberry. Started far too late (3 pm) and had to burn some muscle to make time. Paid for it at the end as the trip down actually took longer than the trip up (3 hrs up, 3.5 hrs down). Finished in the dark. The mountain meadow connector was the steepest and most beautiful part.
We elected not to do a long hike up the summit in order to save time to do some climbing on Seneca Rocks. None the less, we did some hiking on the trails around the summit. The weather was not very good, but once it cleared up a bit, the view was nice. They keep the area very nice. Unfortunately we found that someone has removed the bench mark. Now all that is left is a circular patch of concrete, and the rod it was once connected to.
It was a very hot day at the top of West Virginia. Had a picnic at one of the nearby tables. There wasn't a lot of shade but we found some. After lunch we strolled over to the observation summit to take in the views.
There was snow the night before and the summit road wasn't plowed all the way. So, we parked up to the plowed area and hiked up. A young couple drove up past us and got stuck. And two other pick-up trucks higher up were stuck too. Beautiful views on the nearby Whispering Spruce trail. Very windy in the summit area. HP#24.
Totally socked in with fog and clouds but it made it that much more of an experience too. Really cool place though with some great examples of krummholz.
The lumberjack trail was muddy and a little annoying, Huckleberry was a nice stroll. The connector was the only real elevation gain. Nice and easy, and a decent tower on top.
We decided to hike up the Lumberjack/huckleberry trail up 8 miles, since this was the only real hiking of our 5 HP trip through the Mid Atlantic. No real views on the way up the trail, except for the tower at the summit of course. Great weather day, no clouds. State HP #16 for me.
Ninth HP on a 3 week road trip thru 17 states. Road was snowed over so had to hike the last 1 mile. Afterwards drove over to Backbone Mtn for sunset. Seneca Rocks were stunning.
Not a great day for the views. It was a great day when I headed for the mountain but all fog when I got there. This is #5. I did MD the same day. Total White out there also.
I grew up in Charleston, WV, so I'd wanted to climb this one for a long time. The road up is a lot of fun and the top is spectacular with the spruce and boulders (though that's not an unbiased opinion). The view from the tower is great.
Highpoint #3. Amazing views on a gorgeous, surprisingly cool, August weekend. The colors are amazing even in the summer. Creating an album of my favorite photos to link to this site as we speak, since I took over 100 while up here.
Great summit. Wish I had time to hike some more of the trails.
I was surprised by the sheer mass while driving from Harrisonburg and through the tiny mountain settlements. Tons of chipmunks and wild turkeys on the mountain as well. Nice views from the tower but the brush was a little thick to see a ton.
Beautiful day. After car travel sidelined highpoint adventure the day before, we rocked the lumberjack trail to the huckleberry trail, a nice leisurely 16 mile round trip adventure.