Franklin Gorge, Seneca Rocks and Snow Shoe — What We Did Last Weekend

Seneca Rocks

Sunday. Weather forecast snowy -5 C (23 F) . Time to hike up! The destiny would be the Seneca Rocks look. Located in the Monongahela National Forest, Seneca Rocks is a scenic crag and a popular destination for multi-pitch trad climbers . It took us an hour of winding road to get there.

On the base of the rock there are a couple of local stores that will help you in case of any forgotten gear (like us).

There is a 3 hour loop trail that starts at the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center and brings you around the rock formations. Doing it clockwise you will ascend northward through a 2 mile steep but easy trail with some wooden stairs at the middle of the hike. It was snowing lightly and a bit cold, so it was essential to pack some extra food, wear winter hiking boots and warm clothes.

We had lunch at the overlook and then descended through the blue-blazed trail, parallel to the face of the rocks, from north to south. While scrambling down we saw many big walls at our right, most of them can be climbed during spring and fall seasons. The scrambling path is followed by some sets of rock steps until eventually the trail crosses a small creek. This is a very scenic atmosphere, specially during winter, because the lack of leaves allows one to see the magnificent tuscarora rock pillars.

Franklin Gorge, Seneca Rocks and Snow Shoe — What We Did Last Weekend
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