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Date and Time

Friday, November 27, 2020 2:00PM - Monday, November 30, 2020 1:00PM


Laneville WV,
West Virginia,


Registration is required for this activity.

Please note:
In order to comply with Pennsylvania Youth Protection Laws, all children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. This policy applies for all events offered by the Delaware Valley Chapter as well as any other chapter events within the state of Pennsylvania.


A three-night 18 mile backpack in the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area, West Virginia which is in the Monongahela National Forest. We will backpack in about 1.5 miles on Red Creek Trail then north on Little Stonecoal Trail (TR552) to a remote campsite along Red Creek. On Saturday, we will move camp and backpack to Lion's Head on top of Breathed Mountain (TR554) for about 6 miles, mostly uphill. We will set up a base camp here. On Sunday, we will day hike an 8-mile loop (including a long lunch break at a great swimming hole), then head back to Red Creek Trailhead on Monday with another 3 miles. Both dispersed campsites are large and wide open to allow for sufficient distance between each of our tents and hammocks. We would practice social distancing for meals, breaks, and hiking as much as possible. We will still want to hike close enough to hear conversations for safety purposes and enjoyment. Masks will be required when social distancing is not possible. This backpack is suitable for beginners in good physical condition. Please note that the trails tend to be rocky and wet. There are several stream crossings and that the Lion's Head campsite has no water and sometimes requires a long walk to find some. Note that we will not hang our food for protection from the bears. Everyone will need to bring some form of canister or product like the Ursack. Leaders can help advise you if you don't have one. Mask and hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60% alcohol content required. We will likely be wearing our masks most of the time.

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Related Link(s):

Dolly Sods Map
Photo album of a previous trip here

Click map for driving directions
Lions Head in the evening.



Offered By

Delaware Valley (Pa.)






Adults (18+)


I have been leading backpacking trips for the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Adirondack Mountain Club since 1975. I enjoy taking the time to look at the scenery and have a relatively slow pace. I am patient with beginners and enjoy helping them learn new skills.


I grew up hiking in state parks, national forests, and wilderness areas throughout West Virginia and have been backpacking since 2015, including three section hikes on the AT in Virginia. I am interested in exploring out-of-the-way places, helping women gain confidence to be outdoors, and providing a means for everyone to experience extended trips in the wilderness. We humans need to spend time in nature in order to protect it and understand our connection with it.


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