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Dolly Sods Backpacking Trip

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Dolly Sods, Monongahela National Forest, WV
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Apr 21 2006  7:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 6:45 pm   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Tue, Apr 4 2006 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Tue, Apr 18 2006 12:59 pm
Event Duration:2 nights, 2 days
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Event Organizer(s):
Meir Gottlieb
Emilio Ungerfeld
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 6 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


“Dolly Sods is an area of high elevation wind-swept plains on the Allegheny Plateau. At elevations of 2,600 to over 4,000 feet, the area has extensive flat rocky plains, upland bogs, beaver ponds, and sweeping vistas. The plant life and climate on this high plateau resembles northern Canada, and many species found here are near their southernmost range.”
- Dolly Sods Wilderness. Andy Hiltz (

We’ll meet Friday after work at the carpool location, drive up to Dolly Sods, dine on the way, and car camp at Red Creek Campground. Saturday we’ll walk 14 miles through Dolly Sods North, camping near the Left Fork of Red Creek. On Sunday we’ll cover 13 miles through the wilderness area, down into the canyon and back, completing our loop.

Because of the elevation and weather patterns, spring comes late to Dolly Sods. Expect winter-like weather on this trip.

Dolly Sods is known for being a wet place and you should be prepared to hike in wet shoes. The trails in the north can turn into rivers during rain and are often muddy. Additionally, there will be more than a dozen stream crossings including two fords of Red Creek which can be waist deep after a storm (there is a detour if we cannot cross Red Creek.)

The trails in Dolly Sods are not blazed and some intersections are easy to miss. We will be covering about ten trails during the trip so it will be important to stay together.

The intended itinerary is for 13-14 miles a day. Do not sign up if you’re not used to carrying a backpack for at least 10 miles a day. Make sure you have money for dinner and to share gas for the carpool.

A map of the area is available here.

A good description of the region is here and here.

Great pictures here.

Thanks to Mike at for his help in planning the trip and to Jonathan at for the listing pictures.

Required Items to Bring:
- Do not bring cotton clothing
- Hat
- Synthetic shirt
- Hiking pants (not cotton)
- Synthetic or wool socks
- Boots or hiking shoes
- Waterproof jacket
- Waterproof pants
- Insulating jacket or sweater
- Long underwear or fleece pants
- Fleece or wool hat
- Fleece or wool gloves
- Extra socks
- Backpack
- Pack cover
- Tent or other shelter
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping pad
- Stove and fuel
- Pot/cup and spoon
- Water bottles (total of at least two liter capacity)
- Water treatment or filter
- Headlamp with extra batteries
- First aide, emergency, and repair supplies
- Fire starters
- Toilet paper and other toiletries
- Dinner for one night (freeze dried or equivalent)
- Breakfast for two days (granola, oatmeal, etc.)
- Snacks for two days (nuts, dried fruit, trail bars, jerky, cheese, etc.)
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
- Dry shoes for camp
- Hiking poles
- Map and compass
- Liner socks
- Gatorade mix
- Trowel
- Camera
- Gaiters
- Plastic whistle
- Sunglasses
- Sunscreen
- Rope for hanging a bear bag

How to Get There:
Event Directions:From Baltimore:
Take 95 S to 495 W and then follow directions from D.C.
From D.C.:
1. I-495 West
2. Exit 49 - I-66 West to Manassas/Front Royal – go 64 mi
3. Exit 1A - I-81 South to Roanoke – go 3.9 mi
4. Exit 296 – VA-55 / WV-55 – go 47.2 mi – through Wardensville and Moorefield
5. In Moorefield WV-55 becomes WV-55/US-220 south – go 14 mi to Petersburg
6. In Petersburg, make a right then left, following WV-55 and it becomes 55/28
7. Make a right on Jordan Run road – go 7 mi (do NOT turn on FR19)
8. Make a left on FR75 which is a dirt road
10. Down FR75, Red Creek Campground will be on the right
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):0Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 6:45 pm
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Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions

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