Great day at a great place.
A little foggy and windy at the top but otherwise part #3 of an uneventful HP trifecta today. Roads bare and dry - no snow anywhere near the mountain. HP #5 for my Dad.
Memorable night sleeping under the stars on top of the Observation Tower.
Hiked in from Spring Ridge down to Seneca Creek and camped near the falls. Got up the next day and made the hard trek up to the ridge. Final climb was slow, but steady and eventually made it to the summit.
Cold up there
I was surprised that they built such a nice long road all the way up. But, turns out that there were a number of other cars up there, even though it was a mid-week late afternoon.
Right after 9/11 I took a trip down to do the high point.
I thought I was wimping out by driving up the Knob... until I had to swing my old sedan around those switchbacks. That summit road is not for the faint of heart! Up top, I walked the Whispering Spruce trail with a detour to the boulder field just south of it. Lots of fun boulders to climb there.
Started driving up the mountain with wife and kid...some slush...then some snow in areas...but I wanted the highpoint ...kept driving about half way up and was on a pretty treacherous stretch when it started getting a little slippery and I got very scared about getting back down without sliding. I had to austim powers the car around and SLOWLY go back down. Good lesson to never get myself in that situation again!
Third state high point for the day, and 29th overall. Require a few buzzards near the summit
Had a spirited drive up the road to the top, with great weather and views from the lookout tower.
Enjoyed the drive up to the top and surprisingly had the top to ourselves.
Could only see a couple feet in front of us since clouds settled on the top but it was still an amazing experience. Would love to visit this area again someday after the other 42 states are complete!
By this time the weather had cleared and I had a nice beautiful little long-ish hike.
Lots of folks at the summit, not as many on the trail. Lovely views, lingered at the tower for a little while.
This is probably my favorite highpoint in the region.
Hiked the .4 km path to the summit, snowstorm and strong winds at the top. I can imagine the views would be great in better weather. It is odd to me that the road goes parallel to potential 'real' hiking routes to the summit, making a trail of a few miles to the peak feasible, but the only trail to the summit is 20 miles roundtrip I think. Too bad.
Parked on FR 112 coming from the east about 4-5 miles from the summit. Cousin and I hiked into the woods off the road and navigated to the top with the full moon as our flashlight. My compass skills came into question numerous times but we made it.
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.