Past Meetup

Dolly Sods North 15+ miles Backpacking Trip Winter Prep 1

This Meetup is past

4 people went

Every 2nd Friday of the month until March 7, 2019

Price: $2.00 /per person

Centreville Park & Ride

14700 Lee Hwy · Centreville, VA

How to find us

Far left side of park and drive as you enter from main road

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This hike is a moderate 15+ miles from Bear Rocks parking lot. This will begin our cold weather prepping and gear testing. Many folks keep asking for a winter backpacking, well here we are. Short notice but come out to join us.

Arguably one of the most unique, and beautiful hiking areas on the East Coast. The high plateaus of Dolly Sods are made up of wind carved sand stone, stunted red spruce, grassy meadows, and sphagnum bogs. The characteristic meadows are the result of logging that took place from 1899 to 1924. During the Second World War the U.S. Army used the area for artillery and mortar training, and at the trailheads the Army Corp of Engineers still displays signs warning hikers that there may be unexploded ordinance in the area.

The name Dolly Sods derives from a combination of Dahles, a local 18th century family, and Sods, meaning an open mountain top or meadow. After WWII the area fell into neglect, and was threatened by multiple construction and mining project proposals. Then in the early 1970’s concerned environmentalists, along with The Nature Conservancy, began purchasing the land for preservation and recreational use. Today the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area comprises 17,371 acres.

Difficulty level: intermediate level
Duration: 2 nights (Friday 3-5 miles, Saturday 8-10 miles, Sunday back to parking lot up to 3 miles.
Pace: 2 - 4 mph
Elavation Gain: Up to 1000 ft

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Hike starts at Trail head: Bear Rocks Trail
Bear Rocks - Car Parking. Park 200 yards to the south on FR-75 opposite the trail head. GPS [masked], [masked])

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Carpool location:

Centreville Park and Ride:

6168 Early Autumn Dr, Centreville, VA 20120.

*If you can offer a ride it would be much appreciated :))))

Carpool suggested fee: Min $25/pp. Making friends and sharing cost.

Meetup @ 6:00 PM. We will depart promptly at 6:15 PM

Event Organizer: Carlos
Phone: (703)[masked]

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