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PostSat May 28, 2011 12:38 pm 
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Not enough time to write up a comprehensive trip report but here's a 4+ minute movie of vistas, birdsong, wind and forests from a recent trip to Virginia and West Virginia.



After 3 days near Gaudineer Knob and Allegheny Trail on Shavers Mountain, West Virginia, I hiked from Spruce Knob down to High Meadows Trail.  The High Meadows Trail has old pastures with very nice views of Allegheny Mountain and other hills.

Spruce Knob observation tower
Spruce Knob observation tower
Spruce Knob trailhead sign
Spruce Knob trailhead sign
west from Spruce Knob
west from Spruce Knob
looking down to farm and houses on Laurel Run from road to Spruce Knob
looking down to farm and houses on Laurel Run from road to Spruce Knob
Spruce Knob
Spruce Knob
looking northwest from Spruce Knob Trail
looking northwest from Spruce Knob Trail
Spruce Knob trail
Spruce Knob trail
meadows and red spruce on Huckleberry Trail
meadows and red spruce on Huckleberry Trail
cherry blossoms on Huckleberry Trail near Spruce Knob
cherry blossoms on Huckleberry Trail near Spruce Knob
northern hardwood forest on Lumberjack Trail
northern hardwood forest on Lumberjack Trail
bleeding hearts on the soggy, north end of the Lumberjack Trail
bleeding hearts on the soggy, north end of the Lumberjack Trail
old pasture and orchard trees at north end of Lumberjack Trail where it meets High Meadows Trail
old pasture and orchard trees at north end of Lumberjack Trail where it meets High Meadows Trail
looking north into Seneca Creek valley from the upper High Meadows Trail
looking north into Seneca Creek valley from the upper High Meadows Trail
looking north into Seneca Creek valley from the upper High Meadows Trail
looking north into Seneca Creek valley from the upper High Meadows Trail
High Meadows Trail above Judy Springs
High Meadows Trail above Judy Springs
High Meadows Trail above Judy Springs
High Meadows Trail above Judy Springs
High Meadows Trail above Judy Springs
High Meadows Trail above Judy Springs
forest on trail # 533 south of Judy Springs
forest on trail # 533 south of Judy Springs
High Meadows trail in the Spruce Knob Nat'l Recreation Area
High Meadows trail in the Spruce Knob Nat'l Recreation Area
high country on Huckleberry Trail north of Spruce Knob
high country on Huckleberry Trail north of Spruce Knob
looking southwest into Monongahela National Forest from near Spruce Knob
looking southwest into Monongahela National Forest from near Spruce Knob

Next day, the weather was not that great so I did short sampler hikes to areas I wanted to scout out.  I hiked part of Lauel Fork South, the Allegheny Trail near Wymer and on Canaan Mountain

sunset over Shavers Mountain from FR 14 south of Wymer from clearcut
sunset over Shavers Mountain from FR 14 south of Wymer from clearcut
sunset over Shavers Mountain from FR 14 south of Wymer from clearcut
sunset over Shavers Mountain from FR 14 south of Wymer from clearcut
sunset over mountains to the west of FR 14 south of Wymer, West Virginia
sunset over mountains to the west of FR 14 south of Wymer, West Virginia
Laurel Fork South
Laurel Fork South
Laurel Fork South
Laurel Fork South
Laurel Fork South
Laurel Fork South
Laurel Fork South
Laurel Fork South
Laurel Fork South
Laurel Fork South
Laurel Fork South
Laurel Fork South
wildflowers on Laurel Fork South Wilderness Area
wildflowers on Laurel Fork South Wilderness Area
Laurel Fork Campground in Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia
Laurel Fork Campground in Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia
Allegheny Trail trailhead on US 33 east of Alpena, WV
Allegheny Trail trailhead on US 33 east of Alpena, WV
Allegheny Trail just south of US 33 west of Wymer, WV
Allegheny Trail just south of US 33 west of Wymer, WV
Allegheny Trail just south of US 33 west of Wymer, WV
Allegheny Trail just south of US 33 west of Wymer, WV
Allegheny Trail just south of US 33 west of Wymer, WV
Allegheny Trail just south of US 33 west of Wymer, WV
Allegheny Trail #701 south of the Canaan Loop Road
Allegheny Trail #701 south of the Canaan Loop Road
wildflowers on the Allegheny Trail just north of the Canaan Loop Road
wildflowers on the Allegheny Trail just north of the Canaan Loop Road

A few days later we visited George Washington's Birthplace National Monument and Westmoreland State Park on the Northern Neck of Virginia.  There are few miles of paths through the historical part of George Washington's.  There's a also a gorgeous sandy beach on the Potomac River that makes for a nice, short walk.

swamp that drains into George Washington's Birthplace Monument beach
swamp that drains into George Washington's Birthplace Monument beach
frog hiding in sand at George Washington's Birthplace Monument beach
frog hiding in sand at George Washington's Birthplace Monument beach
George Washington's Birthplace National Monument house built in 1920s not an exact rebuild
George Washington's Birthplace National Monument house built in 1920s not an exact rebuild
pigs at George Washington's Birthplace National Monument
pigs at George Washington's Birthplace National Monument
pig at George Washington's Birthplace National Monument
pig at George Washington's Birthplace National Monument
beach on Potomac River at George Washington's Birthplace National Monument
beach on Potomac River at George Washington's Birthplace National Monument
George Washington's Birthplace Monument beach where swamp drains into Potomac River
George Washington's Birthplace Monument beach where swamp drains into Potomac River

Westmoreland State Park has a nice network of trails.  This hike is in Leonard Adkins' northern Virginia guidebook.  We hiked the Turkey Neck Trail down to Yellow Swamp and looped back around.  We saw a nutria in the swamp.

mountain laurel on the coastal plain Northern Neck of Virginia in Westmoreland State Park's Turkey Neck Trail
mountain laurel on the coastal plain Northern Neck of Virginia in Westmoreland State Park's Turkey Neck Trail
Yellow Swamp in Westmoreland State Park
Yellow Swamp in Westmoreland State Park
yellow irises in Yellow Swamp
yellow irises in Yellow Swamp
Yellow Swamp with yellow irises
Yellow Swamp with yellow irises
near observation tower in Yellow Swamp Westmoreland State Park Virginia
near observation tower in Yellow Swamp Westmoreland State Park Virginia
cardinal off turkey neck trail in westmoreland state park virginia
cardinal off turkey neck trail in westmoreland state park virginia
Yellow Swamp in Westmoreland State Park, Virginia
Yellow Swamp in Westmoreland State Park, Virginia
Colonial Beach, Virginia before the thunderstorm hits.
Colonial Beach, Virginia before the thunderstorm hits.
walking the beach at Colonial Beach, Virginia before a thunderstorm
walking the beach at Colonial Beach, Virginia before a thunderstorm
osprey in Colonial Beach
osprey in Colonial Beach

The weather was pretty bad for the next week with heavy downpours.  We returned to West Virginia.  We toured the Fernow Experimental Forest, hiked the Zero Grade Trail and looked at forestry experiments.


West Virginia mountains from Lead Mine Road north of Thomas
West Virginia mountains from Lead Mine Road north of Thomas
Cheat River north of Parsons, West Virginia after days of heavy rains
Cheat River north of Parsons, West Virginia after days of heavy rains
view of hill north of Otter Creek from mainstem road into Fernow Experimental Forest
view of hill north of Otter Creek from mainstem road into Fernow Experimental Forest
Fernow Experimental Forest
Fernow Experimental Forest
Fernow Experimental Forest
Fernow Experimental Forest
beginning of Zero Grade Trail in Fernow Experimental Forest
beginning of Zero Grade Trail in Fernow Experimental Forest
Fernow Experimental Forest
Fernow Experimental Forest
Fernow Experimental Forest
Fernow Experimental Forest
Fernow Experimental Forest
Fernow Experimental Forest
Fernow Experimental Forest
Fernow Experimental Forest
Fernow Experimental Forest
Fernow Experimental Forest
Fernow Experimental Forest
Fernow Experimental Forest
single tree selection logging in Fernow Experimental Forest
single tree selection logging in Fernow Experimental Forest
individual tree selection in Fernow Experimental Forest
individual tree selection in Fernow Experimental Forest
Fernow Experimental Forest
Fernow Experimental Forest
prescribed burn in Fernow Experimental Forest
prescribed burn in Fernow Experimental Forest

We hiked the Allegheny Trail through Canaan Valley State Park.  The trail was very wet and soggy.

bog view in Canaan Valley State Park
bog view in Canaan Valley State Park
soggy, flooded Allegheny Trail in Canaan Valley State Park
soggy, flooded Allegheny Trail in Canaan Valley State Park
pastures on Allegheny Trail on south end of Canaan Valley State park
pastures on Allegheny Trail on south end of Canaan Valley State park
pastures on Allegheny Trail on south end of Canaan Valley State park
pastures on Allegheny Trail on south end of Canaan Valley State park
Blackwater Falls after days of heavy rains
Blackwater Falls after days of heavy rains
Blackwater Canyon
Blackwater Canyon
lodge in Blackwater Canyon
lodge in Blackwater Canyon
balsam fir in Blackwater Canyon
balsam fir in Blackwater Canyon
windmills (renewable but not "green" power) on Backbone Mountain in western Maryland
windmills (renewable but not "green" power) on Backbone Mountain in western Maryland

We drove south to Cass and rented cheap, mountain bikes for a 2 hour ride during a short window of good weather on the Greenbrier River Trail which the Allegheny Trail .

trailhead in Cass near Allegheny Trail / Greenbrier River Trail
trailhead in Cass near Allegheny Trail / Greenbrier River Trail
Allegheny Trail / Greenbrier River Trail near Cass, West Virginia
Allegheny Trail / Greenbrier River Trail near Cass, West Virginia
Allegheny Trail / Greenbrier River Trail
Allegheny Trail / Greenbrier River Trail
Allegheny Trail / Greenbrier River Trail
Allegheny Trail / Greenbrier River Trail
azaleas on Allegheny Trail / Greenbrier River Trail
azaleas on Allegheny Trail / Greenbrier River Trail
Allegheny Trail / Greenbrier River Trail
Allegheny Trail / Greenbrier River Trail
Allegheny Trail / Greenbrier River Trail
Allegheny Trail / Greenbrier River Trail
campsite on Allegheny Trail and Greenbrier River rail-trail
campsite on Allegheny Trail and Greenbrier River rail-trail
Cass, West Virginia and Greenbrier River
Cass, West Virginia and Greenbrier River

Next day, we headed north to the Lee Ranger District of the George Washington National Forest and hiked Tibbett Knob.  On the way down we went for a short stroll on Shenandoah Mountain gated road across from the Confederate Breastworks but go rained out.  We hiked around Braley Pond near West Augusta, Virginia.


gated FR 396 south of Confederate Breastworks before the rain
gated FR 396 south of Confederate Breastworks before the rain
wildlife area on FR 396 on Shenandoah Mountain in rain
wildlife area on FR 396 on Shenandoah Mountain in rain
rock layers on Braley Pond
rock layers on Braley Pond
Braley Pond
Braley Pond
wildflowers on Braley Pond
wildflowers on Braley Pond
wildflowers on Braley Pond
wildflowers on Braley Pond
wildflowers on Braley Pond
wildflowers on Braley Pond
wildflowers on Braley Pond
wildflowers on Braley Pond
wildflowers on Braley Pond
wildflowers on Braley Pond
Braley Pond near West Augusta
Braley Pond near West Augusta

Tibbett Knob has great views and is an easy trail.  Flies and gnats were pretty bad, kamikaziing into eyes and ears.


recent shelterwood cut south of Wolf Gap on FR 94
recent shelterwood cut south of Wolf Gap on FR 94
rocky trail to south of Tibbett Knob.  Now that's a trail!
rocky trail to south of Tibbett Knob.  Now that's a trail!
runaway campfire was suppressed with a small fireline near top of Tibbett Knob
runaway campfire was suppressed with a small fireline near top of Tibbett Knob
Trout Run valley from Tibbett Knob
Trout Run valley from Tibbett Knob
ridge north of Big Schloss from Tibbett Knob
ridge north of Big Schloss from Tibbett Knob
looking southwest from Tibbett Knob
looking southwest from Tibbett Knob
looking southeast from gap in canopy on Tibbett Knob
looking southeast from gap in canopy on Tibbett Knob
pink azaleas on Tibbett Knob
pink azaleas on Tibbett Knob
many flies and gnats on south end of Tibbett Knob Trail
many flies and gnats on south end of Tibbett Knob Trail

Last day, we hiked the Crack Whip Furnace Trail from Rockcliff Lake which involved a short ford since the creek was so high from recent heavy rains.  We saw wild turkey chicks and a barred owl near Trout Pond.

barred owl (?) near Trout Pond
barred owl (?) near Trout Pond
prescribed burn on FR 344 on Buck Mountain
prescribed burn on FR 344 on Buck Mountain
sauteing onions in Banks Fry-Bake Pan
sauteing onions in Banks Fry-Bake Pan
Rockcliff Lake
Rockcliff Lake
rock outcrop north of Rockcliff Lake
rock outcrop north of Rockcliff Lake
creek that drains Rockcliff Lake
creek that drains Rockcliff Lake
sign on trail north of Rockcliff Lake
sign on trail north of Rockcliff Lake
wildlife opening on Crack Whip Furnace Trail
wildlife opening on Crack Whip Furnace Trail
wildlife opening on Crack Whip Furnace trail
wildlife opening on Crack Whip Furnace trail
sign on Crack Whip Furnace Trail
sign on Crack Whip Furnace Trail
wild turkey chick
wild turkey chick
old clearcut and grassy wildflower opening on Crack Whip Furnace Trail
old clearcut and grassy wildflower opening on Crack Whip Furnace Trail
rocky part of Crack Whip Furnace Trail
rocky part of Crack Whip Furnace Trail

Except for the heavy downpours, it was a fun trip.  I miss the Appalachians and think the lush, green eastern deciduous forests are beautiful.  The Pacific Northwest has more variety with high mountains, sagebrush steppe, lowland Westside forests, eastside pine forests, the coast.  The mid-Atlantic has some diversity with the Appalachians, Chesapeake Bay and Piedmont but it all has the same green, humid feel to it.

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PostSat May 28, 2011 7:57 pm 
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Spruce Knob observation tower
Spruce Knob observation tower
looking northwest from Spruce Knob Trail
looking northwest from Spruce Knob Trail

Dang. Things have gotten pretty fancy up on Spruce Knob, in the fifty-odd years since I used to go camping in (what used to be) the meadows south of (what used to be) the fire lookout. There was an area of big granite boulders, much more spread out than the ones in your pics, about a hundred yards up from the road that made a great place to set up camp.

To this day, that spot up on Spruce Knob remains one of the two places from which I have ever seen the Northern Lights, in spite of all my years here in Washington.

Anyway, Yew, thanks for the memories.         agree.gif

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PostSun May 29, 2011 2:05 pm 
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A number of familiar views...I feel less lonely. winksmile.gif

Thanks for the report!

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PostSun May 29, 2011 7:27 pm 
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Scrooge wrote:
Things have gotten pretty fancy up on Spruce Knob, in the fifty-odd years since I used to go camping in (what used to be) the meadows south of (what used to be) the fire lookout...

That's cool!   up.gif There's a house and a really tall communications tower about 1 mile (?) south of Spruce Knob now.  It looks like it's been there for atleast 20 years.

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GaliWalker,

I haven't checked your Flickr page in awhile but you must check out the two Laurel Fork Wilderness areas.  The beaver ponds and wetland meadows are really nice.  You can see the hills and the creek from these openings.

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BTW, Canaan and Laurel Fork were May 11-12, George Washington and Westmoreland May 16 and Tibbett Knob & Crack Whip Furnace May 21st.

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PostSun May 29, 2011 7:33 pm 
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Been to Spruce Knob back in my college years. Pretty area. Glad you got to enjoy this area.

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