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Dolly Sods Wilderness

Mountaineering the wind-scoured plains of the Dolly Sods Wilderness, it is hard to imagine the mortar shells that after rained down on this remoted nook of West Virginia. We were actually having fun with among the best backpacking trips we had ever skilled, discovering plenty of water, finding excellent campsites, and enjoying beautiful views-till our fourth or fifth day, that's. Over Memorial Day weekend my husband and I joined my sister, her boyfriend (now husband) and a pair different friends for a backpacking trip to the Monongahela National Forest, into the Dolly Sods Wilderness to have fun my sister's thirtieth birthday.
From the Dolly Sods' high plateau and wind-stunted crimson spruce, Bear Rocks Trail descends gradually to bogs and a crossing at Crimson Creek. There's tenting on each backpacking Dolly Sods side of the creek AND plenty of water. The Left Fork (of Red Creek) and Pink Creek converge with small water chutes and pools for cooling off.



As the path closes in on Red Creek you'll have a couple of minor stream crossings. 15 miles over mountains and thru rivers - assume I'm caught right here for some time. Keep proper on the Rocky Ridge Trail TR524 climbing over Harman Mountain then arrive at the intersection of the Harman Path TR525 in 0.9 miles.
On the intersection for Upper Pink Creek go left. The Bear Rocks Path is washed out for the first zero.5 miles till it crosses a small stream. This means we parked the cars on the first day on the south end, started mountaineering northeast and looped back around westward until we hit the street within a mile of our parked cars on the third day.

The next 1.four miles on the Rocky Ridge Path TR524 passes the world where a lot of the windswept boulders are located. The excessive plateaus of Dolly Sods are made up of wind carved sand stone , stunted crimson spruce , grassy meadows , and sphagnum bogs.
By our second morning in Crimson Creek Campground the wind had died down, the solar was once more shining, however the temperature was still bitter cold. While farther south than Pennsylvania's Laurel Highlands Climbing Trail and the Laurel Ridge which it follows, the place I had backpacked the earlier winter, Dolly Sods is 1,500 to 2,000 ft increased and more uncovered.
From the Dolly Sods' high plateau and wind-stunted pink spruce, Bear Rocks Path descends gradually to bogs and a crossing at Pink Creek. There's tenting on both sides of the creek AND loads of water. The Left Fork (of Crimson Creek) and Crimson Creek converge with small water chutes and swimming pools for cooling off.
Purple Creek Path: The higher parts of this path lead by a sub-alpine tundra with vegetation (e.g. reindeer moss) in any other case solely present in Canada and other arctic areas. Situated within the Allegheny Mountains, Dolly Sods is a wilderness preserve in the Monongahela Nation Forest.

On the intersection for Higher Crimson Creek go left. The Bear Rocks Path is washed out for the first zero.5 miles until it crosses a small stream. This means we parked the automobiles on the first day at the south finish, started hiking northeast and looped again round westward until we hit the highway inside a mile of our parked vehicles on the third day.

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