Cycling Spruce Knob
Ride 11.6 miles gaining 2,918’ at 4.7% average grade.
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This extraordinary ride takes us to the highest paved location (and the highest point with a brief hike) in West Virginia. Spruce Knob is also the highest peak in the Allegheny sub mountain range of the Appalachian Mountains at 4,863’. .
Spruce Knob is the hardest bike climb in West Virginia.
Photo left: Start of the climb.
Photos right - PJAMM App showing elevation grid, etc.
Stay left on Briery Gap Road/Hwy 33 at mile 1.7
Also stay right onto Forest Road 112 at the fork at mile 2.4 (not left onto Route 13/1-Simoda Road)
The first 3 miles of the climb are the most difficult, averaging 8.4%.
Scenery along the middle section of the ride.
Miles 4 to 11 are a breeze at a very consistent 4-5%.
The only Overlook before the finish is at mile 8.7
Photo: Observation tower at the summit of Spruce Knob, West Virginia
Roadway surface and traffic: The road was in good shape in October, 2020 and there is minimal traffic on this bike climb. The descent is very fun and you can hit pretty good speed over the last 3 miles towards the finish.
Parking: There is parking on Route 28 near the start of the climb.