Spruce Knob

Judy Gap, West Virginia

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From atop West Virginia's highest peak you'll bounce and slam your way along the barren and exposed Huckleberry Trail. Once you turn down off the ridge, the trail becomes a little less technical before the final angular descent through a huge meadow down to Seneca Creek. Here you'll pass through spruce forest and beside beaver ponds. It's a grunt of a climb back to the top of the mountain along the forest roads. Highlights: Very rocky, technical, astounding views, windswept ridges, stream crossings, spring.
From atop West Virginia's highest peak you'll bounce and slam your way along the barren and exposed Huckleberry Trail. Once you turn down off the ridge, the trail becomes a little less technical before the final angular descent through a huge meadow down to Seneca Creek.

Here you'll pass through spruce forest and beside beaver ponds. It's a grunt of a climb back to the top of the mountain along the forest roads. Highlights: Very rocky, technical, astounding views, windswept ridges, stream crossings, spring.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Judy Gap
Distance: 15.2
Elevation Gain: 1,461 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 3.5 hours for intermediate riders
Trailhead Elevation: 4,861 feet
Top Elevation: 4,861 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Spruce Knob

Recent Trail Reviews

8/7/1999
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We started off riding the road up from the Spruce Knob Lake camp ground on a cold rainy August morning, which was supposed to be a nice warmup, but as we got up to the Knob it just kept getting colder, I thought it might start snowing. The fog was so bad we could hardly see 50 feet in front of us, so we did not get much of a view that morning but it was great the next day when it cleared up. After reaching the top we hopped on the Huckleberry. If you like lots of rocks and getting a great upper body workout this is the trail for you. It was pretty much down hill the whole 5 or so miles which was sweet , but the rain was our enemy. There were tons of rocks and a few sweet rooty sections that would have been a blast in drier conditions. If you are a beginner I would not recommend this trail in wet conditions, unless you want to do a lot of hike a bike and a few endos. The only advantage to a rainy day on this trail is that when you hit the bottom which I think was where the Judy Springs trail intersected, take a right and eat some bars while looking at some wonderful water falls. Over all a great technical single track with some nice fast down hill sections, but go when its dry.



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