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Spruce Knob to Seneca Creek - IMBA EPIC

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From the highest point in WV to the water falls of Seneca Creek, this ride has it all.


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17.6

Miles

28.4

KM

70%

Singletrack

4,844' 1,476 m

High

3,111' 948 m

Low

1,944' 592 m

Up

1,950' 594 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

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Overview

This route includes a road climb up to the highest point in West Virginia, Spruce Knob, before an awesome singletrack descent. Riders will love bombing down Huckleberry to Seneca Creek Trail (TR515) to gradually climb out past waterfalls and rapids.

Need to Know

Seneca Creek Trail can have high water making one of the creek crossings difficult. Expect to get your feet wet.

Description

This ride starts out from the Seneca Creek Trail (TR515) head parking lot. You climb up Rt 112 until you reach an intersection where you'll turn left up toward Spruce Knob. Though steady, the climb is manageable, and quite scenic. Enjoy the views of dense West Virginia forests along the way.

When you reach the top you'll find the Huckleberry trailhead near the first parking lot. You're pretty high up, and there are many scenic spots that can be accessed from this trailhead. Before descending, make sure to ride over to the observation tower, and take in the scenic views.

When you're ready to get moving, you'll keep a look out for the Huckleberry Trail. Descending Huckleberry you'll begin by going down gradually on a rocky trail through spruce thickets. About 10 miles into the ride the trail will become steep.

You'll come to an intersection with the Lumberjack and Horton Trail (TR530). You'll want to continue straight, transitioning onto the Horton Trail (TR530), which will continue your steep DH. This DH section on Horton Trail (TR530) is very challenging, like a downhill bike course. There is loose rock, big rocks, steep grades, and mud mixed in everywhere with hard lines. You'll cross the High Meadows Trail (TR564,) but continue straight down Horton till you reach Seneca Creek Trail (TR515).

When at the bottom turn left up the Seneca Creek Trail (TR515) to head back to the car or first stop to check out the waterfall 100ft to the right of the Horton exit.

History & Background

Spruce Knob, at 4,863 feet (1,482 m), is the highest point in the state of West Virginia and the summit of Spruce Mountain, the highest peak in the Allegheny Mountains.

Contacts

Shared By:

Tim Haggerty

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  3.9 from 11 votes

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Photos

Huckleberry - a pedal-fest on Spruce Mountain
Jul 24, 2013 near Franklin, WV
A 30ft water fall that has a swimming hole under it.
Jun 4, 2016 near Franklin, WV
Meadow from Horton into Judy Springs
Jul 17, 2016 near Franklin, WV
Moss, rocks, and loam.
Aug 29, 2016 near Franklin, WV
Seneca Creek.
Jun 4, 2016 near Franklin, WV
The start of Swallow Rock Trail from Seneca Creek Trail.
Jun 16, 2016 near Franklin, WV

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Jun 30, 2020
Steven Nigh
Aug 31, 2019
Alex B
what an awesome ride. super doable uphill climbs and techy rock garden sections up top followed by loose, steep rocky dh that'll have you picking… 17.6mi
Jul 3, 2019
Ben Sherer
Oct 7, 2018
Kristopher Kaufmann
17.6mi
Jul 20, 2018
Chris Irwin
18mi
Jul 15, 2018
Rob Berube
Jul 8, 2018
Dave Jackson
Huckleberry ROCKS, prep for a bumpy descent. This is a great loop to set up a shuttle from Seneca Creek skip the gravel ride up to the summit. 11mi — 2h 00m
Jun 17, 2018
Eric Hyduke
17.3mi

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