Backpacking in the Otter Creek Wilderness - July 2 - 4

  • 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.  


GETTING THERE:

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.


REQUIRED EQUIPMENT:

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
- Toothbrush
- An extra shirt
- hat

In case it rains, I recommend putting your sleeping bag and clothing in plastic bags.  Ziplocks work great for clothing.

 
OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT:
- Extra clothes
- Camp shoes
- Sunglasses
- Sandals for stream crossings


RSVP:

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.


CARPOOL:
- 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.

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  • Tina

    Thad, thank you so much for organizing and thank you EVERYONE for a wonderful time!

    July 7, 2011

  • Karl K.

    Good group of interesting people...

    July 6, 2011

  • Thad

    Thanks, Joe.

    rtfm - ha!

    July 6, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Thad - the instructions for boiling the filter is on page 2 of the Miniworks EX manual.

    http://media.cascadedesigns.com/pdf/msr_miniworks_ex_manual_en.pdf

    July 5, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh my feet!

    July 5, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Freaking awesome!

    July 5, 2011

  • Thad

    Great trip. Thanks, everyone.

    July 4, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be looking for a ride tomorrow morning.

    July 1, 2011

  • Karl K.

    Hi--
    Have done this trip with Thad before, two years ago. Will be well prepared, but may be looking for a ride. I do have tent space, water filter, and stove to share...

    June 29, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Christine - I would be happy to share your water filter!

    Anyone heading out from U St. / Dupont area on Saturday am? We could ride the metro together/carpool?

    June 28, 2011

  • Thad

    Hi, Christine. I just emailed the trail map to the group. I'm keeping the first day short because of the long drive there. Otherwise, this is a good intermediate hike.

    June 28, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a water filter- happy to share. I also have a spare 2-person tent (although I don't know that it's waterproof anymore) if someone needs it. And more cookware than I know what to do with. Let me know if anyone needs to borrow anything.

    June 28, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do you have a map of the route we will be taking? It seems like it's a really short trip for 3 full days, is it really tough terrain?

    June 28, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    No problem, Larke. I'll bring an extra fuel cannister for the MSR Windpro. I also have a 3rd stove (MSR Whisperlite) but it's a white gas stove, and I'll lend it to anyone willing to supply their own white gas. I only have the large 30oz fuel cannister for it which is overkill for a weekend trip.

    June 28, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Joe - I need a cook stove, and would be happy to borrow your extra. Thanks for the offer!

    June 28, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    If you need a stove to cook on (not just for boiling water), let me know so I can stay away from you and your black bear friend. :) Seriously .. If a stoveless someone wants to cook and attract more bears, I'll bring an extra stove in addition to my MSR Reactor.

    June 28, 2011

  • Heather

    Also, unable to go now. Hope you all enjoy!

    June 26, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Turns out I won't be able to make it after all, but I hope someone from the waiting list will be able to enjoy it for me :)

    June 23, 2011

  • Thad

    Hi, Brian. This is a new meetup group and I don't have any assistant organizers. So, I'm going to keep the Otter Creek trip to one group of people. There will be other trips in the future. See you another time.

    June 10, 2011

  • Brian K.

    Hey, since there are 11 people on the wait list, would anybody who knows the area be interested in starting another group? Since this is a loop route I figure we can hike the opposite direction of the first group. I can try to help organize but I don't have a lot of backpacking experience so somebody else might be better suited as trip leader...

    1 · June 2, 2011

  • Heather

    I have a water filter and a stove.

    June 2, 2011

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