Backpacking Dolly Sods Wilderness, West Virginia, October 2018

In late October, 2018, nine intrepid backpackers challenged the elements to explore the Dolly Sods Wilderness, a spectacular rocky, high-altitude plateau. Located in the Monongahela National Forest, Dolly Sods is part of the National Wilderness Preservation System and contains bog and heath eco-types, more commonly typical to southern Canada, with elevations ranging from 2,500 to over 4,700 feet.

Recent rainsand beaver activity had flooded portions of the trail system, so the group had to adapt their 20 mile hike to enjoy the spectacular views from Rocky Ridge Trail and beautiful fall foliage on Lion’s Head. The weather over the long weekend ranged from light rain to sunny skies, with the group waking to several inches of fresh snow Sunday morning.

Another great experience in support of Sierra Club’s mission “to explore, enjoy and protect the planet”.

By Barry Randall, Outings Chairman

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