Backpacking trip to Seneca Creek, WV (7/5 - 7/7)

  • July 5, 2013 · 9:00 AM
  • Vienna Metro (north)

Join us for a three day backpack through a beautiful, remote area of West Virginia. We'll be hiking next to a scenic creek and through high elevation meadows.  Beginners are welcome.  This is an easy trip.  It's a good way to spend a hot 4th of July.


Day 1:

Hike 5 miles along Seneca Creek to our campsite.  We're going to camp next to Seneca Falls.  It's a great (and cold) swimming hole.

Day 2:

9 mile day hike to the top of Spruce Knob (the state high point at 4863 feet).  Camp at Seneca Falls.

Day 3

Hike between 5 and 7 miles back to the car, depending on the route we take.


Getting There

We're going to meet for carpool at the Vienna Metro (North) at 9 AM on Friday morning. We'll wait there for 15 minutes. There's a place near the metro where cars can be safely parked for three days. 
If you'd prefer to drive directly to the trailhead, meet us there at 1:15 PM. The drive will take about 3.5 hours.  
I'll send out more information to the participants before the trip. This will include directions, a trail map, my cell phone number, and more info about how to find us at the Vienna Metro.


When you RSVP, please let me know if you can drive or need a ride, what gear you have (tent, stove, water filter, etc), and if you're planning on bringing a dog. Please make sure your dog has frontline plus or an equivalent to ward off ticks.

If something comes up, please update your RSVP.  Other people might want to go.

Required Equipment

Make sure you bring your own food.

- Backpack with shoulder straps and hip belt. We'll be carrying all of our gear throughout the trip.

- Tent

- Sleeping bag. A 30 degree bag will be fine.

- Sleeping pad

- Hiking boots: sneakers or trail shoes are not adequate!

- At least two quarts of water

- Rain jacket and pants or poncho

- A fleece or another jacket for warmth

- Headlamp / flashlight

- Your own food (two breakfasts, three lunches, two dinners)

- Your own cooking pot, utensils

- Bag for food and soaps that can be hung from a tree (bear bag)

- Bug spray

- Sun block

- Little bit of t.p.

- Foot care stuff

- An extra shirt and pants. Synthetic clothes are better than cotton.

- Extra socks

I recommend putting your spare clothes, food, and anything else you don't want to get wet inside of large ziplock bags within your pack.

Optional Equipment

- Earplugs

- Sunglasses

- Toothbrush

- Lighter

- Sandals or water shoes


- Have a ride: Please post where you are coming from, what time, and how many spots you have.

- Need a ride: Post that you need a ride and contact any offers via e-mail for those that are offering rides.

Hope you can join us!


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  • Aidin

    Everything and everyone was Awesome!

    July 11, 2013

  • Jane

    Awesome weekend! What a great group of people, location, and campsite. I hope to see everybody soon!

    July 9, 2013

  • Mo

    Perfect weather, wonderful campsite with great company for a 3-day weekend! Couldn't ask for more! Hope to see everyone in the future backpacking trip soon. Thank you Gerry, for the ride and driving!

    July 8, 2013

  • Priyanga

    Awesome all around! What a beautiful forest, an incredible campsite next to a waterfall and (cold) swimming hole, great group of people, and clear (if not humid) weather. Nice to meet everyone, and thanks Thad for leading!

    July 7, 2013

    • Thad

      Glad you could make it. Thanks again for helping with the water.

      July 7, 2013

    • Iggy

      Great fun, good times and perfectly timed with the weather. Thanks for organizing, Thad! Great meeting you, Priyanga and Mo. Good seeing you guys again on the trails, Gerry, Karl, Jane, Aidin. I'll work on uploading my photos to Meetup later this week.

      July 7, 2013

  • Thad

    Great trip and group.

    1 · July 7, 2013

  • Hollis

    With the chance for storms out there, I'm going to bail (which means it probably won't rain).

    July 4, 2013

  • Aidin

    Sounds good Iggy. I have new country music CD, we also can listen to that ;-).

    June 30, 2013

    • Iggy

      Awesome. I'll bring ear plugs :)

      July 1, 2013

    • Gerry

      Here here!

      July 3, 2013

  • Gerry

    I'll be taking the Jetta wagon - which can carry quite a bit of gear & one additional person in cargo mode.

    July 3, 2013

  • Gerry

    The day two day-hike, that's just an out-and-back with minimal gear?

    June 30, 2013

    • Steve

      With respect, I deal in risk and emergency management. I've heard many a time someone say "but this never happened before" after the time something did happen. Since I'm not familiar with the region, I spoke with someone at REI who is, and they confirmed that this can be a rather high-traffic area between the holiday weekend and the proximity to a college with a strong outdoors program. He advised against leaving gear there. I'm not comfortable with the idea of leaving my gear in that type of area, but I agree with you about it being best everyone stick together with similar loads. So I think the best option is for me to opt out of the trip and wish you all an enjoyable weekend.

      July 2, 2013

    • Thad

      Ok. Have a good weekend.

      July 2, 2013

  • Gerry

    Having probs with my feet. I may stay on site day 2.

    July 1, 2013

    • Karl K.

      Well, there is a road up to the top of Spruce Knob. It would be possible to hike out to the trailhead, then drive up...

      July 1, 2013

  • Mark L

    friends coming from out of town - next time!

    June 27, 2013

  • Mark L

    Could use a ride

    June 25, 2013

  • Mo

    Need a ride.

    June 25, 2013

  • Priyanga

    Need a ride. Thanks!

    June 25, 2013

  • Aidin

    I can drive or get a ride, I am ok with both.

    1 · June 24, 2013

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