Ascent of Spruce Knob on 2017-05-18

Climber: Greg Saltsman

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, May 18, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Spruce Knob
    Location:USA-West Virginia
    Elevation:4861 ft / 1481 m

Ascent Trip Report

Finally made it back down here to check this one off my list and finish my unsuccessful hike of seven years ago. Unfortunately my two buddies from that hike weren't able to accompany me this time. I knew I did not want to start from the Horton trailhead again so I decided to drive to the summit parking area and hike the Huckleberry Trail down to the intersection with the Judy Springs Trail which was where we turned back on our first hike. I then turned around and hiked back to the summit tower to complete the traverse. This was a fairly easy hike but it was still 11 miles round trip so I guess it was a good call to turn around where we did back in 2010. We definitely would not have made it back before dark.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:881 ft / 268 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.9 mi / 17.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:881 ft / 268 m
    Distance:5.9 mi / 9.5 km
    Route:Huckleberry Trail-path to tower
    Start Trailhead:Huckleberry/ Judy Springs intersection  3980 ft / 1213 m
    Time:2 Hours 36 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Route:Huckleberry Trail
    End Trailhead:summit tower  4861 ft / 1481 m
    Time:1 Hours 48 Minutes

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