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Date and Time

Thursday, August 12, 2021 3:00PM - Sunday, August 15, 2021 1:00PM


Laneville WV,
West Virginia,


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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. **Please note that Sung-Soo Kim is a backpacking leader trainee under the supervision of David Mong who is the leader of record.** 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. Please note that this trip is pet friendly and pets must be leashed at all times. Let us know if you will be bringing a canine companion so we can send you information to help them be safe and enjoy the program. The trip is also open to families and there will be children as young as 7 on the trip. 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
A previous trip to this location.

Click map for driving directions
Lions Head in the evening.



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N.Y. - North Jersey








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.


Life is meant for spectacular adventures. Let your feet wander, your eyes marvel, and your soul ignite. Never stop exploring. I am an avid hiker and have done many hiking/backpacking trips to Shenandoah and West Virginia. I hike at a moderate pace and love to go with small groups to explore the trails. "Climb mountain not so the world can see you, but so that you can see the world!"