Spruce Knob, West Virginia (4,863 feet)

Spruce Knob, West Virginia (4,863 feet)

Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

July 26th, 2002, 5:41 pm #1

Post your trip reports about West Virginia's highest point.

Read about the summit:
http://americasroof.com/wv.shtml
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

August 14th, 2002, 5:18 am #2

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Joined: March 1st, 2004, 12:02 am

March 13th, 2004, 11:45 pm #3

Post your trip reports about West Virginia's highest point.

Read about the summit:
http://americasroof.com/wv.shtml
I made it to the top of Spruce Knob, the Highpoint of West Virginia at 4,863 feet, on Wednesday afternoon, October 29th, 2003. It was my 15th state highpoint.

The Weather Channel said it would rain this morning and clear in the afternoon and it appeared it was clearing up quicker farther south so I decided to head for Spruce Knob first and then to Backbone Mountain later that afternoon on the way back north. Since it was raining I didn’t leave my Motel until 10:00AM and took my time enjoying the scenic country roads of West Virginia. Almost heaven! The thermometer in my car said that the outside temperature was in the mid to upper 40’s until I turned onto Briery Gap Road and started my ascent into the clouds. From the time I left the main road (US 33) until I reached the summit of Spruce Knob at 1:30PM I experienced rain, sleet, snow, fog and the car thermometer showed the outside temperature to be 35 degrees, which is a 10 to 15 degree drop. I retrieved my warmer jacket from the trunk of my car and started walking toward the observation tower. I actually walked through a cloud and didn’t think I would be able to see much from the tower but miraculously the skies cleared, the sun came out and I had fantastic views in all directions. I had a similar experience on Wheeler Peak last month. I must have a special guardian angel that is also a highpointer. It was windy on the tower and I noticed some small areas where the snow had accumulated near the base of the tower. I hiked a trail around Spruce Knob enjoying the beauty and solitude of the mountains and forest. I did not see any other people at the highpoint or in the parking lot but I did pass several cars both coming and going on the road to Spruce Knob. This was my favorite highpoint so far, east of the Rockies, and I would like to return to this area someday when I have more time to hike and camp, and perhaps brush up on my rock climbing skills that I haven’t practiced in many, many years. I definitely need to take a refresher course before attempting to tackle some of the highpoints in the western states that require technical skills.
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August 1st, 2004, 5:55 pm #5

Post your trip reports about West Virginia's highest point.

Read about the summit:
http://americasroof.com/wv.shtml
Third of 3 highpoints for the day - started out with PA then MD. To get an idea of how long it takes, we stood on Mt. Davis at about noon, and was on Spruce Knob by 6pm. We stopped for lunch for an hour or so in Accident MD on the way, and of course, picked up MD in between.



If you read the other two reports you'll see that it was raining hard on PA and MD. We were pretty psyched, then, for WV because the rain was ending and, while overcast, the visibility was improving and we were able to take in some of the views of the drive. Seneca Rocks in particular are amazing. This didn't last, however, when on the access road to Spruce Knob we got some more heavy rain. I was actually worried because I thought I heard thunder - and knowing that the western highpoints are notorius for their dangerous lighting, I wasn't about to go to one of the most exposed spots the Appalacians in a thunderstorm. So I was worried about getting up there and being turned around. Fortunately, I didn't see any subsequent signs of lighting until I was well off the Knob and in the valley.

I didn't anticipate the cold, however. I mean, I know that Spruce Knob is at almost 5000 feet - but on the other hand, it was West Virginia and it was July 31st. Imagine my surprise when I opened the car door and felt the rush of 40º air and sleet pelt me, and it didn't help that my shorts were still wet from the hike up Maryland. The skier in me really appreciated a miniature reprieve from the rain in the middle of summer, but I wasn't dressed for it. I pictured this being a hot and humid day and brought nothing but a cooler full of water, cotton shorts and a duofold t-shirt. It wasn't uncomfortable, but it was God's subtle way of teaching me to be prepared before going out on these trips.

So back to the story, we went up to the observation deck (which, by the way, would be a really nice spot for a BBQ in nice weather) and took a few pictures before getting out of dodge and back beneath the cover of trees. I'd estimate the wind on the deck to be about 50mph. It was actually exhilirating - three highpoints in a day and we were successful despite bad weather and bad preperation. We took US-33 back to I-81 (which took a long long time), had dinner (Waffle House) and were on our way back to Rockland COunty, NY - where we arrived after 2 in the morning. We left the previous morning at 6am.

Photographs will be posted here in the next couple of days: http://turzman.com/projects/highpoints/wv.html
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Joined: January 21st, 2004, 4:26 pm

August 24th, 2004, 5:00 am #6

Post your trip reports about West Virginia's highest point.

Read about the summit:
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12th highpoint! Check out my trip report and pictures at:
http://shelleypotts.com/AboutMe/HighPoints/WV.html

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July 23rd, 2005, 6:40 am #7

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July 26th, 2005, 9:23 pm #8

Post your trip reports about West Virginia's highest point.

Read about the summit:
http://americasroof.com/wv.shtml
On Wednesday, 20 July 2005, I had to drive from Charleston, W. Va., to Arlington, Va., so I left early in the morning and determined to summit Spruce Knob on the way.

Following the usual route, I took the Spruce Knob road west from US-33/WV-28 just south of Riverton and just north of Judy Gap. The drive up is pretty straightforward and well-signed, although the road was in much worse shape than I had expected, being full of deep potholes. It took about half an hour to negotiate the twelve miles to the summit.

I met no other vehicles on the way up, and at the summit the parking lot was empty. There was a pick-up truck over near a beat-up picnic shelter (or some kind of small building) and two guys were repairing the roof of the building. I reached the observation tower at the summit around 11:00a EDT. It was a nice clear day, and pleasantly cool at the summit compared to the brutal heat wave in the lowlands.

On the way down I met three or four vehicles that were headed uphill.

I think this was highpoint number 20 for me.

Mark Stauter
Rolla, Mo.
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Joined: August 27th, 2003, 12:01 am

August 16th, 2005, 2:21 am #9

Post your trip reports about West Virginia's highest point.

Read about the summit:
http://americasroof.com/wv.shtml
For those who enjoy my site - you know who you are - WV hp is now up.
http://besettingvice.blogspot.com/2004/ ... ginia.html
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Joined: October 7th, 2005, 4:58 pm

October 7th, 2005, 5:02 pm #10

Post your trip reports about West Virginia's highest point.

Read about the summit:
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Here's a link to my blog with my first trip report!

http://highpoint1030.blogspot.com/2005/ ... -knob.html
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