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Ascent of Spruce Knob on 2012-06-25

Climber: Alan Barber

Date:Monday, June 25, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Spruce Knob
    Location:USA-West Virginia
    Elevation:4861 ft / 1481 m

Ascent Trip Report

We drove from Backbone Mountain Maryland to Spruce Knob West Virginia (a distance of about 66 miles) in about 1 hour 45 minutes. The scenic drive was through winding mountains covered with trees and through the occasional little town. We stayed on US 28, made it to Briery Gap Road, and started up the winding forest road to Spruce Knob. The drive up Forest Road 112 was beautiful and we reached the summit parking lot just before 8pm. A family with two young children was getting out of their mini-van when we arrived and we shared the short walk along the ridge crest trail to the mountain high point. This trail is only a few hundred feet long and as the name suggests wanders through a Spruce forest.

The centerpiece of the highpoint is the three-story, summit observation tower which permits views from above tree level of the Appalachian Range. We traded taking photos with the visiting family and spent some time looking for the USGS marker. Unfortunately we could not find it. We did find a hole in the rock to the North of the tower which looked like it had held the USGS marker spike. Perhaps someone had removed it.

We spent about 20 minutes exploring the high point, enjoying the views, and walking around the circle loop path on the mountain top and then started our drive to Virginia. This was the third high point we bagged in one day (PA, MD, WV).
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear



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