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great ttrail for a day hike

Rocky trails with poor markings. The views and solitude make it well worth the effort.

Great hike! Follow Forest Service Route 80; don’t be deterred by narrow gravel road. Keep driving until you hit last day-parking lot. No cars past this point. Short 0.3 mile walk to Dolly Sods wilderness and trailhead.

Most of the trail is well-marked by signs. But, need to be vigilant in a few places, or you’ll miss the turn-offs. Look for stick- or rock-obstructions on ground to indicate correct path (that is, don’t go down the paths that the rocks or sticks block off).

Ground was wet and muddy. Wear waterproof, hightop hiking boots or be prepared to get your shoes soaked.

Fairly easy grade—no crazy hard climbs or descents. Long parts of the trail are covered by small- to medium-size rocks. The soles of my feet are hurting right now, but I wore running shoes and not hiking boots today.

Interesting ecosystem. Biggest wetland in West Virginia. Lots of neat trees, plants, and bugs. Not desolate—we came across 3 groups of people (2 groups of day-hikers like us and 1 group of back-packers). We did the 11 miles in about 4 hours, averaging 22-minute miles.

Challenging hike - not technically difficult, but you definitely earn your dessert! Very rough footing through most of it, so you spend your time looking down. Great second day hike of Dolly Sods.

backpacking
Sunday, July 30, 2017

Favorite trail here

backpacking
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Best backpacking experience of my life.

hiking
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

backpacking
Wednesday, March 08, 2017