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

Date and Time

Tuesday, July 20, 2021 2:00PM - Friday, July 23, 2021 4:00PM


Dolly Sods Wilderness, Bear Rocks Trail Head,
West Virginia,
WV United States


Registration is required for this activity.

This event is full


This trip is rescheduled from May 3-6, 2021 due to severe weather. The original crew has registration priority for this trip. OVERVIEW: This trip is a moderately difficult 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. The blueberries should be about ripe 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 just west of the junction with the Upper Red Creek Trail. Expect daytime temperatures approaching 80 degrees and overnight lows around 60 degrees with highly variable weather. AMC DIFFICULTY RATING: MODERATE - This is will be a physically challenging trip and is not recommended for novices. 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. 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

Click map for driving directions

Bear Rocks Trailhead is located at the northern end of Forest Road 75 in the northeast corner of the Dolly Sods Wilderness.

Wilderness waterfall



Offered By







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 novices to help them develop their skills and confidence. Wilderness First Aid certified.