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Spruce Knob to Seneca Creek - IMBA EPIC

 3.5 (6)

17.6 Miles 28.4 Kilometers


70%

Singletrack

1,944' 592 m

Ascent

-1,950' -594 m

Descent

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

4,844' 1,476 m

High

3,111' 948 m

Low

Shared By Tim Haggerty

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

Tim Haggerty

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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.

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Oct 7, 2018
Kristopher Kaufmann
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Chris Irwin
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Jul 15, 2018
Rob Berube
Jun 17, 2018
Eric Hyduke
17.3mi
May 2, 2018
Barry Duncil
had a great ride! about 4 major Creek crossings that can be slippery! super fun 17.6mi

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I'd like to mountain bike this area but I've only backpacked in Dolly Sods. Does anybody have details about the Swallow Rock Campground? It appears to be right off the trail/road and I'm looking for anything primitive so I can car-camp the weekend and bike during the day. According to Maps, it looks like it would be a good base camp if I were to incorporate the Allegheny Mtn loop into the Spruce Knob to Seneca Creek loop. Any feed back would be great! May 4, 2018

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