Spruce Knob Summits

April 09, 2019


Photographer: Pendleton County Commission, Hunting Ground Mt. Webcam 
Summary Authors: Bob Leffler; Jim Foster

Shown above is the summit of Spruce Knob, West Virginia, as captured by the Hunting Ground Mt. webcam not long after sunrise on March 7, 2019. The camera is looking north from an elevation of 3,635 ft (1,108 m). Spruce Knob's secondary south summit (4,817 ft or 1,468 m) and primary summit (4,863 ft or 1,482 m) are at top center and top right-center, respectively. Both are snow-capped and rimed with ice. The primary summit is the highest point in West Virginia, which has the highest average elevation of any state east of the Mississippi River. The mountain is also the highest point in the Potomac River watershed.

Located approximately 150 mi (240 km) west of Washington, D.C., Spruce Knob receives on average about 180 in (457 cm) of snowfall each year; 11 times as much as the Nation's Capital. Snowfall has been observed in every month of the year but July and August.