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Dolly Sods Wilderness (WV) Three-Night, Mid-Week Backpack

Date and Time

Monday, May 3, 2021 2:00PM - Thursday, May 6, 2021 4:00PM


Dolly Sods Wilderness, Bear Rocks Trailhead (TR522), Laneville, WV,
West Virginia,
WV United States


Registration is required for this activity.


OVERVIEW: This trip is a moderate three-night backpack covering 22 miles in the Dolly Sods Wilderness beginning and ending at the Bear Rocks Trailhead (TR-522) and is scheduled mid-week to enhance the wilderness backpacking experience for the crew. Dolly Sods Wilderness is a 17,000 acre remote wilderness area located in the Monongahela National Forest of West Virginia. The topography is dominated by the Red Creek watershed bounded by Cabin Mountain to the west and the Eastern Continental Divide to the east. Named for the German-immigrant, Dahle family that once worked this land, the Dolly Sods contains heath and bog eco-systems more representative of southern Canada than the neighboring forests. Spring wildflowers should be in full bloom and dark-sky stargazing is promising. TRIP DETAILS: The crew will meet at the Bear Rocks Trailhead (TR 522) and complete a 22 mile loop using the Bear Rocks (522), Raven Ridge (521), Rocky Ridge (524), Big Stonecoal (513), Rocky Point (554), Red Creek (514), Blackbird Knob (511), Upper Red Creek (509), Dobbins Grade (526), Beaver View (523) Trails, and returning by way of the Bear Rocks Trail. We'll camp the first night on Raven Ridge near the junction with TR523, the second night at the Lion's Head (off Rocky Point Trail), and the third night on the Dobbins Grade near the junction with the Beaver View Trail. Expect daytime temperatures approaching 70 degrees and overnight lows around 50 degrees. DIFFICULTY RATING: MODERATE - Fitness level and/or past experience to sustain the activity at a moderate pace is required. Expect to be active up to 4 to 6 hours/day with reasonable breaks in the action. Leader prefers a modest hiking pace (1 to 1.5 miles per hour) with regular stops so everyone can enjoy the journey. This trip is appropriate for backpacking novices in good physical condition who are looking to build on their skills and confidence. GEAR: To comply with AMC COVID-19 precautions each participant must have face masks and hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60% alcohol. Additionally, you need to be self-sufficient for the entire trip; we will not be sharing food or equipment. To protect your food from wildlife, you must have a bear canister or Ursack as there are bears in the area and very few trees for good bear bag hangs at the campsites we typically use. Trails are likely to be very muddy.

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Related Link(s):

Dolly Sods Wilderness Map
Dolly Sods Wilderness Brochure

Driving Directions

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DIRECTIONS: Bear Rocks Trailhead is located at the northern end of Forest Road 75 in the northeast corner of the Dolly Sods Wilderness. COVID-19 PRACTICES: Face masks are currently required to enter most establishments in West Virginia. For your safety and to protect the locals, please use them if you stop along the way. For this activity, you should wear your face mask from the time you first exit your vehicle at the meeting location and until we have established our social distancing routines as a group, and at any other time as directed by the trip leader. Due to the challenges of social distancing while hiking you should expect to wear your mask most of the time.

Big Stonecoal Falls, Dolly Sods, WV



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Adults (18+)


I'm a retired sixty-something who enjoys being outdoors and exploring the wilderness. I've been leading small group adventures throughout Appalachia for more than twenty years. I like working with beginners and novices to help them develop their skills and confidence. Wilderness First Aid certified.