Hammock Camping with my Dog – Seneca Creek Hiking & Backpacking Trip
Hiking, Hammock Camping & Backpacking Trip in the Seneca Creek Backcountry. GPS Data at
For this hiking adventure, my pup and I will be visiting the Spruce Knob-Seneca Creek National Recreation area, within West Virginia’s greater Monongahela National Forest.
For an easier read, check out for full trip report blog post here:
Our route will be a “lollipop”style hike – meaning we’ll use an “out and back” section of trail from the Spruce Knob trailhead parking area to connect with a series of other trails that form a loop. After completing the loop portion of the hike, we’ll backtrack out using the same section of trail from day one.
The Spruce Knob-Seneca Creek Backcountry offers around 60 miles of trails (marked with blue blazes) with an elevation range of 3,000 to 4,800 feet above sea level. The beginning of this particular loop is actually the highest point in all of West Virginia – Spruce Knob – standing at and elevation of 4,861 feet. Below is a list of trails for each day, along with stats for elevation gain and mileage.
Trailhead Parking: Spruce Knob Parking area (right by the observation tower).
Parking Notes: No parking fees or overnight permits are required. There are restrooms and bear-proof trash bins available for use.
Trails used, Day 1
Hornton Trail (just for a short bit)
Judy Springs Trail
Seneca Creek Trail
Hammock Camp along Seneca Creek.
Day 1 Mileage: 6.5 miles
Day 1 Gross Elevation Gain: 221 feet (pretty much down hill all day)
Trails used, Day 2
Seneca Creek Trail
High Meadows Trail
Join back up with Huckleberry Trail
Arrive back at Spruce Knob Parking Lot
Day 2 Mileage: 10 miles
Day 2 Gross Elevation Gain: 2,173 feet (pretty much up hill all day)
Link to Blog Post with Full Gear List used on this trip
Notable Gear Seen in the Video
Denali’s Dog Backpack – “One Tigris Cotton Canvas”
Denali’s Collapsible Dog Dish – Doggone Dish
Dutchware Chameleon Hammock
Hammock Gear Burrow 40 Top Quilt
Hammock Gear Phoenix 30 Underquilt
Denali’s Hammock – 2T’s Hammock Chair from Dutchware
Hammock Gear Cuben Hex Tarp
Katadyn BeFree Water Filter
Toaks 750ml Titanium Pot
Esbit Solid Fuel Cubes
ULA Ohm 2.0 Backpack
Aerial Photography – DJI Mavic Pro
Primary Camera – Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera
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