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Ascent of Spruce Knob on 2015-06-14

Climber: Vanessa Arnold

Date:Sunday, June 14, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Spruce Knob
    Location:USA-West Virginia
    Elevation:4861 ft / 1481 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is easily the most beautiful high peak in this region! Because I tend to travel through the WV / PA area for short visits, I was unable to do Spruce Knob at the same time as Mt. Davis (PA) and Backbone (MD). I guess I saved the best for last! I actually grew up camping in this area,so I wouldn't be surprised if I hiked this mountain as a kid, but generally we stuck to hiking Seneca which is gorgeous in it's own right.

In any case, I stopped by the Seneca Rocks Visitor Center and inquired if there is somewhere to park so I could do a "proper summit" of Spruce Knob. They said the best thing to do is park at the parking lot (pretty much the summit) and then hike down one of the trails and back up again. I chose to do the Huckleberry Trail. I parked and found that I had forgotten to pack my toe shoes in my ultra small "Spirit-approved" carry-on bag. Undeterred, I started hiking in flip flops (this was not my proudest hiking-readiness moment). Eventually, the flip flops broke on a rock and I continued bare-foot. Luckily the ground is covered with pine needles and was soft from copious rain. I did eventually have to turn around. I may have to come back and re-do this one, as I am not sure I feel I really "earned" the summit (even though I did go barefoot). Besides, it's such a pretty peak, and I wouldn't mind another go at Seneca, and to camp in the area again.

Oh yeah, I scotch-taped my flip flops back together at a local gas station - classy!
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