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Ascent of Spruce Knob on 2017-08-12

Climber: Mark Anderson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, August 12, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Spruce Knob
    Location:USA-West Virginia
    Elevation:4861 ft / 1481 m

Ascent Trip Report

-Climbed to the top of Spruce Knob on a two-day backpacking trip that started at the Horton trailhead on the western side of the Seneca Rocks-Spruce Knob backcountry area, near Whitmer, WV. Was 24-miles roundtrip with short side trip to the high meadows area and a bushwhack to Horse Rock.
-Day one: Followed the Horton Trail over the western ridge guarding the Seneca Creek drainage, crossed the creek. After a side trip the high meadows area, climbed to the ridge connected to Spruce Knob. Camped near the northern terminus of the Huckleberry Trail. 7 miles and 2800 ft. elevation change.
-Day two: Hiked from camp south along Huckleberry Trail in the morning, summiting Spruce Knob at 10:00 a.m., then returned to break camp (9 miles RT). Spent an hour in the early afternoon bushwhacking to the top of Horse Rock, a nearby spruce-covered sub-peak in the spine that includes Spruce Knob. Took Judy Springs Trail to Seneca Creek, then Bear Hunter Trail to the Allegheny Trail, and back to the Horton Trail to return to the trailhead. 17 miles and 1700 ft. elevation change.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3522 ft / 1073 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3522 ft / 1073 m
    Round-Trip Distance:24 mi / 38.6 km
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Raining, Pleasant, Breezy, Overcast
Rain on day one; heavy mist on day of summit with clouds breaking
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3522 ft / 1073 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2022 ft / 616 m; Extra: 1500 ft / 457m
    Loss on way in:1500 ft / 457 m
    Distance:11 mi / 17.7 km
    Route:Horton Trail to Huckleberry Trail
    Start Trailhead:Horton Trailhead, near Whitmer  2839 ft / 865 m
    Time:1 Days 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2022 ft / 616 m
    Distance:13 mi / 20.9 km
    Route:Huckleberry, Horton, Judy Springs, Bear Hunter, Al
    End Trailhead:Horton Trailhead, near Whitmer  2839 ft / 865 m
    Time:1 Days 



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