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Otter Creek Wilderness (WV) two night beginner backpack

Date and Time

Friday, April 23, 2021 3:00PM - Sunday, April 25, 2021 1:00PM


Bowden WV,
West Virginia,


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A moderate two night 15 mile backpack in the Otter Creek Wilderness in WV. This is to a remote wilderness area with no shelters or blazes on the trees. They only added trail signs recently. We will base camp along a pretty stream both nights. We will start at the Condon Run Trailhead at the southern entrance and hike in a few miles. From our base camp we will do a loop hike on Saturday. Saturday will include a moderate climb. **Kate Ratcliffe & Juliet Fleming are backpacking leaders in training under the supervision of David Mong who is the leader of record.** See the map for details - Friday is typically 3 miles to camp near the junction of Otter Creek and Mylius Trails. Saturday is a day hike loop of typically 9.1 miles continuing downstream on Otter Creek Trail to Possession Camp Trail and then up the mountain onto Green Mountain Trail and Shavers Mountain Trail to Mylius Trail and then back to camp. Sunday is back to our cars at Condon Run. This trip is suitable for novices and beginners with gear appropriate for the season. Contact leader for help with gear. Water shoes are required as there are several stream crossings. Bear canisters or Ursack's or similar are required as there are bears and limited trees to hang properly in the area of the campsites we typically use. Moderate: Fitness level and/or past experience to sustain the activity at a moderate pace is required. Expect to be active up to 4-6 hours per day. Reasonable breaks in the action Leader likes a slow pace with lots of time to admire the scenery and take photos. Mask and hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60% alcohol content are required. Due to the challenges of social distancing while hiking you may be expected to wear your mask all the time.

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Related Link(s):

Otter Creek Map and Information
AMC Backpack Photo Album for this backpack in June 2018

Driving Directions

Click map for driving directions

Meet up place is in Bowden WV at Alpine Lodge & Restaurant which is just east of Elkins WV. After we meet up we will stage cars at Mylius Trailhead (our end point) and then drive to Condon Run Trailhead for the Otter Creek Trail (our starting point).

Otter creek next to our campsite.



Offered By

N.Y. - North Jersey






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.


When I take my first step on any trail it brings me back to the rush of reaching my first summit in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. I have been passionate about hiking ever since that time and have travelled the world seeking my next trek. I have been an AMC member since 2001. My passion for the outdoors is contagious and I look forward to sharing my love of hiking with others.


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I grew up in the English countryside; am a long-term member of the AMC; and like to walk barefoot when conditions and regulations permit. I am a keen hiker and backpacker, certified in Wilderness First Aid, and took the AMC leadership program online during 2020. I live by the CT shore where I often swim with our Polar Bear Swim Club (second from left).