Big Run-Seneca Creek-Lost Meadows Backpack <> October 1 - 3, 2010
There are A TON of trails in this area ( See map here
which provide for a lot of options / bailouts / side hikes / etc... We arrived Friday evening around dusk (7pmish for this time of year.. HERE
is a great tool for finding this out beforehand), and opted NOT to hike in under cover of darkness. In retrospect we EASILY could have because the Allegheny mountain trail is essentially a logging road w/ an easy grade.
We hit the trail at roughly 10am on Saturday. There are several unmarked side 'roads', but in all cases it was obvious as to which was still the Allegheny mountain 'trail'. We also didn't know how far in we'd have to hike to reach a potential campsite. I
believe the first was roughly 2 miles in... There weren't many along this part of the trail, but a handfull spread out along this ridge. We elected to hike straight out 6.3 miles on the Allegheny trail to the Horton
Trail, at which point we headed down to Seneca Creek. This section of trail (roughly a mile's worth of rather steep downhill in this direction) was gorgeous with fairly large trees for the area and lush ferns.
Where the Horton trail meets the Seneca Creek trail is just a bit north of Seneca falls. We set up camp in this area (at one of the northernmost campsites). There are probably at least a dozen well established
campsites within a mile as one heads south on the Seneca Creek trail from here. After setting up camp early, we headed for the high meadows using a short section of the Huckleberry trail, and then the High Meadows Trail.
This may have been the highlight of the trip... Autumn setting in, great open views from and of the meadows, perfect sunny afternoon (aka bliss). We hiked to the end of the High Meadows Trail where it meets the Lumberjack trail (at an UNMARKED intersection).
From there we hiked a bit off trail in search of the 'Lost meadow' as it's been called on some maps. We did make it to another meadow, though not sure if this is the one to which others have referred. Either way, it's beautiful
up in that area, and was worth the 2.5+ miles of uphill hiking from camp. Sunday was a straight shot south on the Seneca Creek trail.. roughly 6 miles worth. this, again, was an easy grade... following Seneca Creek upstream.
Stopped for some wild apples near Judy Springs that were downright delicious. There were a handful of river crossings on the way back.. maybe 4 or 5? but none forced us to de-boot. Periods of high water would be a different story though.
Our 'loop' left us with another mile of road hiking along rte 112 to get back to the cars. As might be expected on such a perfect weekend, in such a great (and pretty easily accessible) area, we saw quite a few other
parties on the trail. We were back to the cars around noon. Totalling things up for our route yielded roughly 19 miles of hiking.
Coords and Directions
Trailhead Coords (Big Run-Allegheny Mountain Trailhead)
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From Cbus: ~281 miles, 5:34
From Richmond: ~191 miles, 4:09
From Cleveland: ~326 miles, 6 hrs
Links / Maps / Details
Mid Atlantic Hikes page devoted to this hike
Map of the Spruce Knob / Seneca Creek Hiking Area (Click To Enlarge)
Another Map of the Spruce Knob / Seneca Creek Hiking Area (Click To Enlarge)
Map - Trails Only (Click To Enlarge)
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