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Ascent of Red Spruce Knob on 2011-04-24

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:MAR
Date:Sunday, April 24, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Red Spruce Knob
    Location:USA-West Virginia
    Elevation:4703 ft / 1433 m

Ascent Trip Report

Mark decided Peak bagging was not all that bad so we went after the #8 peak in WV after doing #9 Red Lick. Red Spruce Knob, however has trails supposedly but not from the side we did so it became another bushwhack. Lesson - the forest service maps have erased the trail from the south to this peak and i know why now.......it is nowhere to be found. The way people get this is from the north. I wanted leg burn so we parked at the junction of the scenic HWY and whatever that road is that parallels it. We walked down to the gate and found the trail (which was an old logging rail grade that countours the south face for a while then...? well we never found the trail up the mountain so we continued to bushwhack upward using the many skid trails we could find until we finally summitted and found the marked trail to the north among the spruce trees.

There is a site where an old fire tower has been abandoned at the peak. No views there. Follow the marked trail to the termination and they offer you on view off the NE face. bushwhacked a S by SE bearing to the car.

No wildlife on the trip - perhaps we were noisy.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:530 ft / 161 m
    Total Elevation Loss:530 ft / 161 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km
    Grade/Class:2
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy
couldy and a slight drizzle at times
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:530 ft / 161 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 503 ft / 153 m; Extra: 27 ft / 8m
    Loss on way in:27 ft / 8 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:Bushwhack the south side
    Start Trailhead:car off paved road and Scenic HWY  4200 ft / 1280 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:503 ft / 153 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:same
    End Trailhead:same  4200 ft / 1280 m



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