IMBA EPIC Ride - Spruce Knob to Seneca Creek, West Virginia

Spruce Knob to Seneca Creek

 

Overview

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.

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

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

Terrain

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.

Access

Though steady, the climb is manageable, and quite scenic.

More details

Don't forget to enjoy 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.

Some of the information on this page has been sourced from: https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7015267/spruce-knob-to-seneca-creek-imba-epic

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26.825 km / 16.668 mi

Total Distance

638 m / 2,093 ft

Total Ascent

638 m / 2,094 ft

Total Descent

1,478 m / 4,849 ft

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Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Sightseeing
Commuter
Rail Trail
Gravel
Various
EPIC Ride
Difficulty: Advanced (Black)
Ride Duration: 2-4 hrs
Fitness Level: High
Terrain:
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
On-Road
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Gravel Road
Mobile Coverage: Excellent
Services:
Water
Food
First Aid
Toilets
Bike hire
Carparking
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle
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