Spruce Knob (20 July 2005)

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      [Ed: Imported from Americas Roof ‘Summit Trip Reports’ forum]
      [By: Mark Stauter on July 26 2005 at 5:23 PM]

      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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