July 2, 2011 · 9:30 AM
Vienna Metro (north)
This is one of my favorite hikes. The Otter Creek Wilderness is a scenic area of West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest. Join us for a three day hike through scenic forests and along streams. We'll be covering a 21 mile loop over terrain that ranges from 1700 ft to 3600 ft above sea level. Otter Creek is what West Virginia considers wilderness to be; the trails aren't as smooth as they are in the Shenandoahs and the area is somewhat remote.
This trip is suitable for intermediate backpackers. There's some elevation change, and we'll be covering 8.7 miles on the second and third day. We'll be hiking at a steady pace. Since it's a four hour drive, we're going to keep the first day short - 3.2 miles. Be prepared for a few stream crossings. If you slip on one of them, you might be up to your waist in water.
A friend and I led a trip to Otter Creek two years ago. Click here to check it out.
We're going to meet for carpool at the Vienna Metro (North side!) at 9:30 AM on Saturday morning. We'll wait there for 15 minutes before we leave.
If you'd prefer to drive directly to the trailhead, meet us there at 2:15pm.
The drive will take about 4 hours.
I'll send out more information to the participants before the trip. This will include directions, a trail map, my cell phone number, and more info about how to find us at the Vienna Metro.
Make sure you bring your own food.
- Backpack with shoulder straps and hip belt.
- Sleeping bag. A 30 degree bag will be fine.
- Tent (if you don't have one, find someone who's willing to share)
- Sleeping pad
- Hiking boots (no sneakers)
- At least two quarts of water
- Rain jacket and pants or poncho
- Headlamp / flashlight
- Your own food (two breakfasts, three lunches, two dinners)
- Cooking pot, utensils
- Bag for food that can be hung from a tree (bear bag)
- Bug spray
- Sun block
- Little bit of t.p.
- Foot care stuff
- An extra shirt
In case it rains, I recommend putting your sleeping bag and clothing in plastic bags. Ziplocks work great for clothing.
- Extra clothes
- Camp shoes
- Sandals for stream crossings
If you have a stove or water filter that you can share with the group, let me know. Please be respectful and update your RSVP if you can't make it. Dogs are cool; just make sure they have Frontline Plus to protect them from ticks.
- Have a ride: Please post where you are coming from, what time, and how many spots you have.
- Need a ride: Post that you need a ride and contact any offers via e-mail for those that are offering rides.