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Julie Gruber
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HikingMuddy

Great day hike. Mostly in areas of no shade, but some parts were through the forest. You have to cross the creek in two areas, so be sure to have waterproof footwear. Definitely muddy. We loved this trail!

Shanna Parlock
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Rocky

The reviews really helped us to go exactly where we were supposed to go, and the cairns were great markers. We didn't get lost but ran into 3 groups of people that were. You have to pay close attention to your surroundings. The view was great, but the pine forest was magnificent! Definitely earned its hard trail rating. It clocks 9 miles exactly on my GPS. Great day and great hike.

Dylan Frercks
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HikingMuddy

This trail was nice but not for beginners (like us). Dobbins gets EXTREMELY muddy (ankle deep at times).

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Tom O'Donnell
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HikingMuddyRocky
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Tom B.
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HikingMuddyRocky

The is one of WV’s gems, with all the different terrain and vegetation. It’s like something one might experience in Alaska, with the bogs, marshes, rocks ,pine forest and meadows. Started out early each day and was able the catch the deer grazing. You will not be disappointed!

Mitchell Gruver
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HikingMuddy

This is a great day hike to experience the temperate tundra and sweeping vistas that make Dolly Sods so attractive. That being said, expect to come out of the trail with muddy shoes and soaked socks. Dobbin Grade trail in particular tends to be more trudging through marshland and less walking a defined trail. Red creek needs to be crossed twice, and there is no bridge to ford the creek. Sunscreen is a must.

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Daniel Evans
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Hiking

yer gonna get wet yer gonna get muddy yer may also get lost 10/10

Justin McLeod
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HikingMuddy
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Cameron Gallentine
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HikingFloodedMuddyRocky

Fantastically beautiful train moving through varied environments. Highly recommend, but prepare to get muddy! Not particularly challenging otherwise

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Andrew Brown
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Backpacking

I take this trip every year. dolly sods and the lions head started it all for me! 20 year later and real mountains under my belt this one still hold the romance. june 22nd to the 25th. stayed at the pine forest the first night. everything as it should be. there is a water source on rocky we used on the stonecoal side not far from the lions head cairn. went on to breathed mountain loop the next day. please take your trash or any you might find. this east coast gem deserves our stewardship. for some reason I tend to find more trash in this neck of the woods than others.

Kris Bowers
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HikingMuddyRocky
Lydia Brubaker
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HikingMuddyRocky

Beautiful hike with many great camping options! Camped early the first night on a ridge, and the views were spectacular. Second night, we ended up at “The Forks”, a popular spot with multiple sites. Not a lot of privacy, but still a lovely spot near the creek with waterfalls and swimming holes. The trail is very muddy and rocky, most times almost hiking in a stream. Be prepared for wet shoes. We got off trail once or twice, but they were nice detours. There are many side trails, so good to keep the map handy. Great changes in scenery throughout with cool rock formations, different kinds of forests, bogs, and meadows.

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Amanda Lloyd
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HikingMuddyRocky
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James Azzaro
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Hiking

A fantastic hike with beautiful views. A real favorite!

Fred Berlin
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Hiking

Beautiful but rough country. Both for you and your vehicle just getting there. Road is not maintained and is rock/gravy/dirt/mud/bumpy. If raining expect flooding and muddy travel. Definitely worth it if you don’t mind get vehicle dirty and beat on. Roads are thin so often not enough room for two passing vehicles. If you want and off the grid hike or day this is it.

Jeremiah Louden
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HikingFloodedMuddyRocky
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AJ Harman
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I hiked this yesterday with a friend. It totaled right around 9 miles and was my favorite hike yet! I really want to thank Peter for his review and the tips. I screenshot them and had them on hand - it was extremely helpful. We made it to Lion's Head without a hitch. We did get off track a bit on the way back, but we figured it out pretty quickly.

Peter Uhlir
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HikingBugsOff trailRocky

My friend and I hiked this on Friday, June 12th, on probably the most ideal hiking weather I've ever hiked in- sunny, 75 degrees, nice breeze, and very low humidity. This hike is the classic Dolly Sods hike. No blazes, only signs at trailheads. But you do get some help- which we actually thought was a detriment until we figured it out. So here's a few things you definitely should be aware about for this hike. 1. As with all Dolly Sods hikes, its better to do the more common ones (Bear rocks, Blackbird knob) before attempting Lions head if you've not hiked in a national forest before. This will familiarize you with some of the difficulties that are presented when you hike in more remote locations. 2. Especially on Red Creek trail, it is hard to know which way the trail goes. There are tons of homeade spurs leading to campsites, and even other trails. Even being experienced hiking Dolly Sods, we had to retrace our steps several times. A good way to keep from getting full blown lost is when you do have extra trails here is to not take a second or third spur trail after you accidentally get on one. This will make it easy for you to return to the trail. Sometimes we had to use footprints or educated guesses as to which way to go. 3. IMPORTANT: Unlike many of the trails I hike, there are cairns, but they are reminding you to continue straight, and to not turn. Most of the hikes I do, the cairns usually are there to highlight a turn in the path, or a point of interest nearby. These were largely meant to keep you off of spur trails that led to nowhere. 4. In this trail description, it says red creek trail is relatively easy- which is true (it's REALLY flat), until you get about 1/4 mile from big stonecoal trail. Then it turns randomly way up a steep hillside and almost looks like a spur trail, a deer trail, or a trail to a location way up the mountain. We were by ourselves, and based on the description and our maps we thought we perhaps overshot big stonecoal trail. So we backtracked, and after searching, realized we were probably wrong and continued on. We found the Big Stonecoal trailhead shortly afterward. 5. About 50 yards after the Big Stonecoal turn, there is a full blown water crossing. It is hard to see the trail on the far side of the stream- its about 75-100 yards wide here. The stream crossing looks like someone may have attempted a stone bridge here, but it was washed away. We found it easiest to cross in the thigh deep water as opposed to the rapids. It was slick, but there was only a very weak current so we didnt lose our footing. The trail resumes directly to the right of a small waterfall, and is marked by a very large cairn right behind the tree line. 6. Big Stonecoal trail is essentially where you get most of your elevation. It starts off with a subtle incline, and then as you go the grade increases and becomes much more rocky. Be careful when wet, there is a steep cliffside and you can see where people have slipped. Also there are roots sticking out of the ground everywhere to catch your feet. 7. Rocky Point trail is REALLY easy. The turn to Lions head is a little confusing in .5 miles, because up to this point they've been telling you to go straight. The ones here are telling you to turn, and they are the only ones that do so on this hike. You will go up fairly steeply and then turn right along the ridge, passing through an AMAZING pine forest and campsite. 8. At the end of the pine forest there are two cairns marking the final trail to Lion's Head. Once you arrive, the Lion appears on the far end of the overlook, after you look back the way you came. This is one of the most beautiful vistas in Dolly Sods. I was suprised that most people didnt stay very long. We stayed for well over an hour. It was a fantastic hike, and one I will do again soon.

Mike Goulding
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HikingRocky

Beautiful veiws

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