Join my dog Denali and I for some Hiking, Backpacking, and Hammock Camping in the Seneca Creek Backcountry.
For this hiking adventure, my pup and I will be visiting the Spruce Knob-Seneca Creek National Recreation area, within West Virginia’s greater Monongahela National Forest. Our route will be a “lollipop”style hike – meaning we’ll use an “out and back” section of trail from the Spruce Knob trailhead parking area to connect with a series of other trails that form a loop. After completing the loop portion of the hike, we’ll backtrack out using the same section of trail from day one.
The Spruce Knob-Seneca Creek Backcountry offers around 60 miles of trails (marked with blue blazes) with an elevation range of 3,000 to 4,800 feet above sea level. The beginning of this particular loop is actually the highest point in all of West Virginia – Spruce Knob – standing at and elevation of 4,861 feet. Below is a list of trails for each day, along with stats for elevation gain and mileage.
Trailhead Parking: Spruce Knob Parking area (right by the observation tower).
Parking Notes: No parking fees or overnight permits are required. There are restrooms and bear-proof trash bins available for use.
Trails used, Day 1
- Huckleberry Trail
- Hornton Trail (just for a short bit)
- Judy Springs Trail
- Seneca Creek Trail
- Hammock Camp along Seneca Creek.
Day 1 Mileage: 6.5 miles
Day 1 Gross Elevation Gain: 221 feet (pretty much down hill all day)
Trails used, Day 2
- Seneca Creek Trail
- High Meadows Trail
- Lumberjack Trail
- Join back up with Huckleberry Trail
- Arrive back at Spruce Knob Parking Lot
Day 2 Mileage: 10 miles
Day 2 Gross Elevation Gain: 2,173 feet (pretty much up hill all day)
Notable Gear Seen in the Video
Denali’s Hammock – 2T’s Hammock Chair from Dutchware
Denali’s Dog Backpack – “One Tigris Cotton Canvas Dog Pack”
Dutchware Chameleon Hammock
Hammock Gear Burrow 40 Top Quilt
Hammock Gear Phoenix 30 Underquilt
Hammock Gear Cuben Hex Tarp
Katadyn BeFree Water Filter
Toaks 750ml Titanium Pot
Esbit Solid Fuel Cubes
ULA Ohm 2.0 Backpack