My dog Spanky and I made it to the top of Spruce Knob on a cold, cloudy, and snowy morning. For a complete trip report pls go to http://50summits.blogspot.com
Hat trick achieved...
3 out of 3 in the same day...
I have to give credit for the ascent to my Toyota truck. It did all the work! Been here many times.
to many times to count.....followed by Seneca Rocks play days
A recent snow storm made the drive to the top an adventure. There was quite a bit of snow above about 4,000 feet. The short walk to the summit tower was nice with the trees to block the wind. Once at the tower the winds and below freezing temperatures made it feel like the middle of January - not October.
Last day of a weeklong trip. Conference in Cleveland, surprised by the beauty of Ohio. Spruce Knob was 5th state and 25th county HP of the trip. Wonderful views; Mt Porte Crayon, Weiss Knob, Potomac valley and the Alleghany front. What a beautiful country we live in. Now over to my last county at Snowshoe and then the 300+ mile trip home (2100+ miles for the week) May take awhile to do the state HP's (Took me 17 years to do #20), too many places to go.
This was the first of three highpoints for the day (WV, MD, PA). It was a beautiful day! Clear, brisk, and windy. I had the entire summit to myself. Great views! HP #23.
Had tons of rain, so I wimped out and drove it. The walk to the lookout and area was wet. Would like to go back someday!
Long drive through winding roads.. Does this state have a straight road anywhere? :)
That WV mud sticks like crazy, went to my uncle's house afterwards and hosed off all I could while he was at work. When he got home he said, "That's awful dirty, you should use my hose and wash it off."
HP #2. First of the "Highpoint Trifecta" of West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Left from Virginia Beach at 6:00 am and didn't see one cloud all day!
Drove up and walked the short path to the tower to enjoy the view. Nice change of pace between climbing Seneca Rocks and the Nelson Rocks Via Ferrata. Beautiful "Almost Heaven" country.
Drove to Spruce Knob from Seneca Rocks, WV on long, rough, curvy road to summit parking lot. Thunderstorms. Cold and windy at the top. Hiked around on the nearby trails and met some interesting people. HP #15 and our 9th HP of the week.
Beautiful day. This was my ninth state high point and 3rd eastern state highpoint. Previous two done earlier the same day
Highpoint #11 for me; first 2-HP day. Sadly the weather was cloudy and we had zero view.
All Around, here you can find nice hikes. Nothing really hard, and nice views, specially in fall.
Nice views on the drive up to the top!
I've driven up to Spruce Knob twice. Once on labor day in 2001 and again on Memorial day weekend 2005.
One of the roads was closed, so took the saw-mill run road. No view whatsoever on the top. Totally foggy. Interesting trees though.
A night before, I drank too much, and in the morning I had a terrible hangover. I puked until noon.
My companions left for the Spruce Knob summit without me, and they walked on the road (you know, there is a road right to the summit).
Then something inside me told me I had to get moving to get better, so I stood up, picked up a bottle of water, and went on. I was about an hour behind my friends, so I decided to fuck the road and go straight up through woods, swamp, bush, rock, etc. Guess what... I was on the summit an hour before my friends got there!
I got it confirmed again: if you are sick, or confused, or in a bad mood, get your ass together and get moving, and everything will normalize.
Never signed the summit log due to the fact that my car went up 99% of the mountain. Loop trail though has great views.