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Seneca Creek Backcountry Trail Maintenance

  • Jul 26, 2013 · 7:30 PM
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This trip is for trail maintenance in Seneca Creek Backcountry (which we visit on a great backpacking trip every Winter and Spring) which has cool weather for summer with a nice campsite for all of us to stay in.  There is great fishing in Spruce Knob Lake, Seneca and Gandy Creeks and that gorgeous high mountain backcountry to enjoy!  I will also lead a trip through Sinks of Gandy Cave on Sunday, which is an adventure in itself! If you are going through the cave, bring swimming trunks (or shorts along with a tee shirt you can get muddy), towel , soap, and a strong flashlight.  This is a trip I have done for years for friends and family and the last few years for the group and has always been a summer favorite.  As always we will have a feast on Saturday for dinner (lots of great Dutch oven cooking, details to follow), so about $20 a head will buy you 2 breakfasts, superb dinner, and campsite for the weekend, with great times lingering far into the evening.  Our camp has a superb location on the back side of Spruce Knob close to Spruce Knob Lake, so cool evenings are guaranteed.  If you have not been to Seneca Creek Backcountry let me tell you it has some of the wildest, highest and most beautiful country in the Eastern U.S.!

So let's clear out those deadfalls we saw on our backpacking trips in January and April, put up some blue diamond blazes and do some brushing and give back to another beautiful area where the Potomac River reaches it's highest headwaters, in the clear cool mountain air high up on the back side of Spruce Knob in West Virginia for another great cool summer weekend you will not forget!

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Campsite:

Our Campground is ideally located just two miles from Spruce Knob Lake in the Monongahela Forest, creating an ideal base camp for hikes and wildlife watching.

Campground Directions

From Riverton, WV, take US Route 33 south 2 miles to Briery Gap Road,County Route 33/4. Turn right and go 3 miles to Forest Road 112. Continue 13.5 miles to Forest Road 131. Turn right and open gate. Campground is at the end of Forest Road 131.

GPS Coordinates:  Latitude : [masked]   Longitude : [masked]

Note: This campground has changed and I sent out the directions and GPS coordinates in an email Friday 7/26/2013 morning.

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Cassie and I had a great time. Nice meeting everybody.

    July 29, 2013

  • Giuliana

    Vittoria and I had a great time in the mountains despite the on and off wet weather. Met new folks and enjoyed good conversation and more than a few good laughs.
    See you all on the trails soon....

    July 29, 2013

  • Trent

    Excellent trip - great food, good work, great location

    July 29, 2013

  • Peili

    Relaxing, great fun, and good people, my wonderful weekend family!

    July 29, 2013

  • Jim N.

    Great group of people that handled the rain with cheer and worked hard to make a big difference on Seneca Creek Trail. The flowers, cave, and scenery were great as always and camp life was a blast, so thanks everyone for a great weekend in a "cool" place!

    July 29, 2013

  • Katrina

    Lovely as always

    July 29, 2013

  • Mignote

    Awesome!! :)

    July 29, 2013

  • Villo

    Awesome!!!

    1 · July 28, 2013

  • Jim N.

    Hit bad traffic on way to Centreville. Will be about 20 min. late

    July 26, 2013

  • Jim N.

    First look at the weather for Seneca Creek area is here: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=38.77839497316316&lon=-79.51766967773437#.Ue2GvkPD-70 Lows in the mid 50's and highs of around 70 degrees over the weekend with anywhere from a 30 to 50% chance of rain. I will bring 2 canopies and 2 camp stoves. Mimi is helping me plan Saturday dinner.

    July 22, 2013

    • Jim N.

      Thanks Katrina. One other thing since you have to drag Peter up the mountain, please pick up firewood at Whitmer. Stop at Ruby's Store on the far side of town and she will tell you where to pick it up at.

      July 26, 2013

    • Jim N.

      I just called Ruby and told her to expect you guys around 6 PM.

      July 26, 2013

  • Jenna B.

    Alsi's band practice changed and they added an additional practice. I'm so disappointed we can't come. I really wanted her to experience trail maint.

    July 26, 2013

    • Jim N.

      Look forward to seeing you next time Jenna and will try to post some pictures for you to enjoy.

      July 26, 2013

  • Ryan

    Howdy folks! I'll be leaving from Charlottesville around 1700 and heading straight to the campground so don't wait for me at the park and ride. ETA at the campground is 2000. See y'all on the mountain! Woohoo!!!

    July 26, 2013

  • Bob

    Broken leg...Not gonna be ready for this one. Have fun guys.

    May 25, 2013

    • Jim N.

      Wow, hope you heal quickly Bob!

      July 15, 2013

    • Bob

      Thanks Jim. Recovery is going well so far. Hopefully I can make a trip before the year is out.

      July 25, 2013

  • Jim N.

    I will be bringing my luxury 6 person car camping tent with 2 vestibules. It has a divider so we can partition it into guy and gals sides if we need to. I will also bring a canopy for the kitchen and a place to congregate if it rains. I can also bring a tarp for the fire area as well if Peter wants to play with some rope.

    1 · July 25, 2013

  • Peter F.

    looks like we gonna be getting some rain so EVERYBODY bring rain gear and a change of clothes :)

    July 25, 2013

    • Katrina

      And a dingy

      1 · July 25, 2013

    • Jim N.

      Plus bathing suits

      July 25, 2013

  • Alison

    Sounds wonderful, but my knee has been bothering me. Gotta get it looked at, I guess. Have a wonderful time!

    July 24, 2013

    • Jim N.

      Hope you heal quickly Alison and look forward to getting out together.

      July 24, 2013

  • Emily

    I along with Virgilio are leaving at 10 am on Friday. If anyone is interested in leaving early please contact me. I can meet at either the Vienna Metro or at the Centreville Park and Ride.

    July 24, 2013

  • Tanya G

    Just found out family is going out of town for a week, so I have to house and dog sit. SO upset I can't go. I was really looking forward to this one. Have fun, backpackers!

    July 23, 2013

  • Lorraine

    Just found out I have an insane deadline next week at work. Basically, the only way I 'll be able to meet it is if I work like a crazy person all weekend. Sucks that I have to miss this, but that's life.

    July 22, 2013

  • Tanya G

    I won't get out of work til probably 5:30/6. Should be at park and ride at around 6:30/7. Anyone have a spot for carpool? Also, is this more of a car camping trip?

    July 22, 2013

    • Jim N.

      You don't have to be to Centreville until 7:30 PM. Yes, this is a car camping trip and I have a spot to carpool.

      July 22, 2013

  • Emily

    I can leave anytime on Friday since I'm not working. Can we leave earlier? Anyone interested in carpooling earlier on Friday?

    July 20, 2013

  • Jenna B.

    Will be bringing my 14 year old daughter Alsi. :)

    July 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a four person tent and extra sleeping bag if anyone wants to share.

    July 14, 2013

  • Giuliana

    Did this trip last summer. Was my first backcountry outing. Was awesome and the trip to the cave on Sunday was the perfect adventure to end a great weekend! All thanks to Jim!!

    July 9, 2013

  • Jim N.

    You don't have to participate in the meals Mark.

    July 7, 2013

  • Sara

    turns out my brother has a show opening off-Broadway that weekend so I will be in NYC for the premiere. Sorry to miss this trip!

    June 2, 2013

  • Trent

    Looking forward to it - haven't been to the Sinks since I was wee little boy! I'll meet y'all there - will do some family visits while I'm in the area.

    June 2, 2013

  • Alison

    did you have to say that. frank??!

    1 · May 10, 2013

  • Frank

    I changed my RSVP for this...as I'll be backpacking in Hawaii for a couple weeks then. Ugh, I live such a tough life...

    May 10, 2013

  • KingsleyC

    at Inyo natl forest.

    May 9, 2013

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