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Monongahela National Forest WV Hiking and Backpacking at Spruce Knob & Dolly Sods

Date and Time

Thursday, June 10, 2021 4:00PM - Monday, June 14, 2021 2:00PM


Swallow Rock Trailhead Whitmer WV,
West Virginia,


Registration is required for this activity.

This event is full


This 5 day program covers 20 miles over 5 days with 2,400' of elevation gain. The first 3 days and nights are car camping along Gandy Creek near Spruce Knob. During this period we will do a day hike in Dolly Sods North and another toward Seneca Creek from Gandy Creek. For the last two days we will move to a backpacking location for one night to one of the beautiful overlook areas. Bear canister or Ursack required for the backpack. The trip plan is: Friday: All day hike to the northern portion of Dolly Sods. 7.2 miles round trip with about 900' of elevation gain on relatively easy but wet and rocky trails. May include a 2 mile bushwhack on easy open terrain. Saturday: All day 8.5 mile out and back hike toward Seneca Creek from Gandy Creek via Swallow Rock Trail to Bear Hunter Trail. 1,000' of gain. A pretty woods walk. Sunday: Overnight backpack to the Rohrbaugh Overlook in Dolly Sods Wilderness. 4.6 miles round trip with 530' of elevation gain on easy terrain. 20 miles with 2,400' of elevation gain. In the event that social distancing (6 feet) cannot be maintained during this activity, every participant must have a suitable medical or cloth mask made of two layers of fabric with them which covers their nose and mouth that they can 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. Contact leader for more information.

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Related Link(s):

Seneca Creek Map
Dolly Sods Map

Click map for driving directions
Rohrbaugh Overlook - Dolly Sods Wilderness



Offered By







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.