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Backpacking in the Otter Creek Wilderness - July 3 - 5

  • Jul 3, 2009 · 9:00 AM
  • Vienna Metro (north)

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. 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. We're going to meet for carpool at the Vienna Metro (North) at 9 am. The drive is about 4 hours long, so please be on time. If no one has called by 9:15, we'll be on the road. There's a place near the metro where cars can be safely parked for three days. If you'd prefer to drive directly to the trailhead, meet us there at 2pm. 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

There will be a max of 15 people.
Cost: $20. If you arrive at the trip, we'll refund $18 to you. This will be done via Amazon Payments within one week of our return. The remainder goes towards online fees.
We're doing this because of multiple no-shows on previous backpacking trips.

It would be nice to help out the drivers with the cost of gas...
Make sure you bring your own food.

Please only answer 'Yes' if you are sure you're going.

When you reply, please let me know if you can drive or need a ride, what gear you have (tent, stove, etc), and if you're planning on bringing a dog. Please make sure your dog has frontline plus or an equivalent to ward off ticks. It's a wilderness area, but small fires are allowed in existing fire rings. REQUIRED EQUIPMENT:
- Backpack with shoulder straps and hip belt. We'll be carrying all of our gear throughout the trip. Make sure all of your gear fits in your pack.
- Tent or bivy sack
- Sleeping bag. A 30 degree bag will be fine. To keep your sleeping bag dry during the trip, line the inside of your bag's stuff sack with a plastic bag.
- Sleeping pad (even if it's just foam) - this will separate you from the ground and keep you warmer.
- Hiking boots (no sneakers)
- At least two quarts of water
- Rain jacket and pants or poncho
- A fleece or another jacket for warmth
- Headlamp/ flashlight
- Your own food (two breakfasts, three lunches, two dinners)
- Your own cooking pot, utensils
- Bag for food and soaps that can be hung from a tree (bear bag)
- Bug spray
- Sun block
- Little bit of t.p.
- Foot care stuff
- Toothbrush
- Swiss army knife (not a fixed blade)
- Lighter
- An extra shirt (base layer)
- More extra clothes
- A little liquor never hurt...
- Earplugs, just in case...
- Camp shoes
- Sunglasses
- Water shoes - we'll be crossing the stream at least twice.
- Camera
- Deck of cards

I'm hoping for good weather, but just in case:
I recommend putting your spare clothes, food, and anything else you don't want to get wet inside of large ziplock bags within your pack.

Synthetic clothes and socks will be more comfortable than cotton or jeans. CARPOOL: Don’t forget if you want a ride or are willing to offer a ride – be a friend to the environment, save money, and make friends by just posting a message.
- 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.

Hope you can join us!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone that road with me loose their backpack cover? I found a black one in my car.

    July 27, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    A great group of people to get dirty with.

    July 7, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    My photos for Otter Creek can be found here:
    This includes the videos of the fireworks extravaganza!!

    July 7, 2009

  • Tanya

    This is the biggest challenge I have ever done, and although I was the slowest in the group, we met so many great people. I want to say a special thanks to Amy, Mike, Adam, Brian and Thad for helping me out and pulling me through this.

    July 6, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good group, good hike and great scenery.

    July 6, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am very happy that I was talked into going and would definately go on another backpacking adventure.

    July 5, 2009

  • Karl K.

    Good area for intermediate and advanced backpackers. Only recommendation is to bring good waterproof sandals or water shoes--since there are some DEEP stream crossings on some routes.

    July 5, 2009

  • Iggy

    I had a great time. Thanks, Thad and Jerry, for guiding us on the trails and making July Fourth an enjoyable holiday away from the masses.

    July 5, 2009

  • Karl K.

    Looking to carpool as well--see you at the metro later today!
    P.S.--I have plenty of equipment to share...

    July 3, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    NOTE: If you're taking metro, turn left after you go through the turnstiles to get to the North parking lot.

    July 2, 2009

  • brian48

    Looking to carpool from Odenton, MD- Let me know if interested.

    July 1, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've got a MSR HyperFlow water filter that others can use.

    July 1, 2009

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