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Dolly Sods/Roaring Plains Trail Maintenance and Party!

  • Jul 12, 2013 · 7:30 PM
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Ok, here is one of our annual work trips and party on the mountain in the best Wilderness areas in the Mid-Atlantic! We will head up to Dolly Sods on Friday evening, camp at Laneville Cabin (only 12 people in the cabin on this trip) or camp at Red Creek Campground (3 sites x 6 people each site for 18 people total).  The rest will have to backpack into Dolly Sods and set up camp due to new Forest Service rules, and do trail maintenance in Dolly Sods and Roaring Plains for the Monongahela National Forest Service! The trails and views are fabulous and of course we can rendezvous at the Forks and do some swimming and partying if you have enough energy left (or just go to the swimming hole up from the Cabin if you don't)! Summer is a great time to visit the "Sods" as Red Creek will "almost" not freeze you to death when you swim in it! By the end of the weekend you will be able to relive all the great sights and know everything about Dolly Sods, especially how much cooler it is up there in the Summer! The Huckleberries and Blueberries should almost be ready by then as well to enjoy as you walk the trails in the "High Country" and the Rhododendron may still be in bloom as well! We will do our normal feast on the mountain, so the food will be first rate.  Saturday/Sunday mornings will be bacon and pancakes and Saturday dinner will be a main course of fried turkey and mashed potatoes, or Chicken and Ribs BBQ, along with a killer dessert! People will need to bring some sides or another dessert or drinks, and everyone needs to help with the cooking and/or cleanup.  Normally the food contribution ends up being around $20 per person.  You will need to supply lunch on Saturday and Sunday is all.  So let's do our annual trail maintenance in Dolly Sods and put in a few new spiffy new trail signs like we did 5 years ago while we are at it and try to fix up Red Creek Trail so people don't keep getting lost coming down it!  In the process you will learn all there is to know of one of the finest Wilderness Areas in the United States, while making a few more great friends with great stories to boot! Please be in shape as Dolly Sods can be some of the toughest hiking in the East but we will vary the work crews to suit your fitness level. For the newbies, Laneville Cabin sleeps 12 but many of us prefer to sleep outside in our tents in the summer near Red Creek (and this year will have to backpack up Red Creek).  There is a full kitchen with refrigerator, stove, running water/sink and a full bathroom with hot shower, so luxurious for a Wilderness Area!  Cabin or tent, the front porch is where we all linger far into the night and one of those memories you will remember for a long time...especially the cool Dolly Sods summer evenings (15-25 degrees less than the DC area)! So for your effort on Saturday you get 2 nights in a well-equipped cabin, give back to a great Wilderness while enjoying the coolest place to be in Summer in our area, help the backpacking and hiking community, and get a great party to boot!  Kids and well behaved dogs are welcome, so this is a family event as well.  Oh, the pictures you ask?  Check out some of the many Hidden Falls, Swimming Holes and Vistas you will get to enjoy as we did in year's past!  Pics here:

http://www.meetup.com/dc-backpackers/events/13192731/

and here:

http://www.meetup.com/dc-backpackers/events/13457820/

So enjoy the pics and get ready for one of our great summer extravaganzas on the mountain, Washington Backpackers Meetup Style in all it's glory!

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Laneville cabin GPS location:
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Link Google driving direction from Centreville Park&Ride:
http://goo.gl/maps/P8QB

Map of Dolly Sods and driving directions, information, and wilderness restrictions here:

http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5152038.pdf

Please print a copy of the map and bring it with you.

Weather: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=39.020266643861994&lon=-79.32609558105469#.UdwOODvQqeR

 

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  • Jim N.

    Paul let us know via text there is a tree across Forest Service 19 going up the normal way to Dolly Sods, but no information on exactly where. I called the Forest Service and left a message about it and waiting for them to get back with me and will update everyone here when I get word. There is another way to get to the cabin and Red Creek Campground: from Petersburg, take WV 28/55 south to Seneca Rocks, WV. At the intersection with US 33, make a right and go west on US 33/ WV 55 over Allegheny Front Mountain to the intersection with WV 32 (about 12 miles). Make a right onto WV 32 North (towards Canaan Valley/Blackwater Falls) about 8 miles until you start up Canaan Mountain. About halfway up, make a right onto Laneville Rd. Take Laneville Rd. about 8 miles out, cross Red Creek on a bridge and the cabin is immediately on your left at the Red Creek Trailhead.

    1 · July 12, 2013

    • Amy

      I do have pictures! This is when we had done half the tree already! This was taken around 1:30... http://photos4.meetup...­

      July 15, 2013

    • Jim N.

      I stand corrected Amy as the Forest Service told me you guys had cleared 3/4 of the tree by the time he got there, so thanks to David, Mark and Amy for all their hard work clearing the road for us!

      1 · July 16, 2013

  • Jim N.

    Thanks to all the great people who came out in the rain on Friday and the terrific leaders, Amy, Steve, Craig, Peter and of course Super Paul! We got a ton of work done in the "Sods" and got to enjoy another great Saturday dinner and party up on the mountain. Thanks everyone for all the laughs and good times at WB Home Base! See everyone at Dolly Sods again Sept. 6-8 for our end of summer blowout work party!

    1 · July 16, 2013

  • Craig

    Time with good friends!!! Awesome. Some hard work put in on the Rohrbaugh plains trail by my crew. Thanks Jimmy, Priya and Natalie. Couldn't have asked for a better crew. As always thanks to Jim for organizing another great trip. Great seeing everyone.

    July 15, 2013

  • Amy

    What an adventure!! Thanks so much to David and Mark for being good sports, hard workers, and good trail companions. Thanks to Jim for organizing and the awesome ribs! Paul "Fire Master" D, and everyone at the campsite. My only regret: I wish I could have spent more time with my DCB friends. The Sods didn't disappoint!

    July 15, 2013

  • Dan S.

    Great trip, Jim! Thanks to all the organizers! It was great to see (and meet) everyone

    July 14, 2013

  • KingsleyC

    good time! nice to hang out with everyone.

    July 14, 2013

  • Peter F.

    we merry few had an awesome time .....although it was a little tough at times....clearing the brush of blueberries had its challenges...hmm should i eat this cluster of berries or should I move over a few feet and eat those ones.....plus we couldn't decide whether to meditate for 45 min. or one hour or whether we should just paddle around in the creek up to our ankles or get completely submerged.But anyway we eventually figured these things out.

    1 · July 14, 2013

  • PaulD

    Didn't want to say anythjng because everyone was having so much fun, but Arnold-Danny divito in Twins. Dd to Tom in Austin powers 2( or 3?). :-).

    2 · July 14, 2013

  • Becky R.

    A wet, wild, and most of all, wonderful weekend! Thanks so much to Jim for being the mastermind, Steve, Craig, and Amy for leading trail maintenance groups, Priyanga for the use of his trekking poles, ha, and especially Super Paul for his amazing campsite management. :-) Loved seeing everybody!

    2 · July 14, 2013

  • Jim N.

    I am at Centreville Park n Ride 30 minutes early today, so come & join me someone.

    July 12, 2013

    • Caitlin W.

      Eek. We won't be on the road from DCfor another 10 min. Def running late. Le me know if you guys end up heading out without us.

      July 12, 2013

  • Bhaskar P.

    Jim, soory cannot make it to this trip. .

    1 · July 12, 2013

  • Jim N.

    I will have room for 1 or 2 from Centreville at 7:30-8 PM to lead the carpool up to the cabin. I am driving down from Baltimore after work around the west side of I-495 if anyone needs picked up from a metro.

    July 9, 2013

    • Caitlin W.

      July 12, 2013

    • Caitlin W.

      Gah. Nevermind. I failed to scroll all of the way up. It is extremely clear where we're meeting. Sorry. But in case someone else is getting confused by me, the answer is: 14700 Lee Highway, Centreville, VA

      July 12, 2013

  • Jim N.

    If you are going to Red Creek Campground, continue straight on now Forest Service 19 (Laneville Rd. changes to Forest Service 19 at the cabin) up Allegheny Front Mountain past the Dolly Sods Picnic Area and at the fork about a mile past it, bear left onto Forest Service 75 (there is an open metal gate you pass through)and proceed about 7 miles to Red Creek Campground on your left. We have sites 1, 2, and 3. Please keep your tents inside the rocks on Site 1 is a special request from the Forest Service.

    July 12, 2013

  • Olivia

    Ugh... Not feeling well.. I think I'll have to keep indoors this week-end. :( It's been ages I want to go to Dolly Sods!! Signing up for Sept instead.

    July 12, 2013

  • Peter F.

    greetings friends....my ride had something come up and can't attend this weekend so I am looking for transportation for me and one other out to the wilderness from DC area....any metro stop is good.Thanks.

    July 11, 2013

    • Jim N.

      Let me know if I have to pick up my old pal Peter......you got my number.

      1 · July 11, 2013

    • Peter F.

      Thanks Jim but I managed to work it out with Sara.oh by the way if its not too late you can put down my guest for the saturday feast.Thx...see you across state lines.

      July 12, 2013

  • Caitlin W.

    I'm constantly overwhelmed by this message board, but I think people are talking about food contributions now? I plan on bringing fixings for some sort of bulgar/veggie salad. Will be veg, but not vegan. I'm def in for ribs.

    July 10, 2013

    • Jim N.

      You're overwhelmed....what about me, lol? You guys can do something vegetarian/vegan if you want as there is a full kitchen at the cabin.

      1 · July 11, 2013

    • Caitlin W.

      Fair enough. I'll be eating the ribs too. I was just giving a heads up that I'll be bringing something to share that happens to be veg.

      July 12, 2013

  • Amy

    I have room for one and possibly two more on the early ride out of DC if anyone is interested....

    July 8, 2013

    • Amy

      You have a seat with your name on it David. I should be at centerville at 9.

      July 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Here nice and early in a red CRV. See you in a bit.

      July 12, 2013

  • Tom

    It might go without saying, but I'd recommend work gloves for this trip.

    July 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      And rain gear for the Sods. Always.

      July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Jim - what time are we estimating breakfast Saturday morning and is it at the cabin? I am having somewhat of a situation and may need to drive up early Saturday instead of Friday. Just trying to figure out logistics. Thanks

    July 9, 2013

    • Jim N.

      We are only doing a group dinner Alison as cooking breakfast for 40 people 3 times is a bit overwhelming.

      July 11, 2013

  • Lisa B.

    I'm going to have to bail due to an ankle injury :-(. Hope you guys have a blast!!

    July 11, 2013

  • Priya

    I am vegan. If anyone wants to plan an alternate vegan dinner for Saturday night, lets exchange emails and talk. Else, I'll just plan for my own meals.

    July 9, 2013

    • Peter F.

      Hi Priya....I'm mostly vegan and was planning on making a miso vegetable soup on Sat night with avocado.

      July 10, 2013

    • Priya

      I wasn't thinking of anything elaborate. I am sure whatever people bring will work out.

      July 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, Friday night emergency that I can't get around an I don't want to mess anyone up. Better to just give my spot to someone else than come late.

    July 10, 2013

  • Mandy E.

    Is there anyone else who needs a ride that can leave before 3PM on Friday? So far, it's Priya and I and we are flexible in the time we leave. Will be coming from NW DC stopping in Rosslyn.

    July 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I could leave then, if you guys still have room. I could take the metro over to Rosslyn - I'm in Capitol Hill in DC, so it's on the blue/orange line.

      July 10, 2013

  • Jim N.

    Ok, I got clearance from the Forest Service to at least do our group dinner at the cabin on Saturday night. Again, only 12 maximum can stay at the cabin, so the rest of us have to camp other places, which means walking/driving back to our camps in the dark. I am thinking about a Low Country Seafood Boil, which would be about $20 a person to do and was a big hit at Rickett's Glen this past May. Other options are BBQ Ribs, Tacos or Fajitas, or other suggestions from the group. As always this will take a big group effort to pull off. I will post a final trail maintenance trip to Dolly Sods/Roaring Plains for the weekend after Labor Day and do a fried turkey then as that is our end of the summer blowout celebration. So please chime in here about what meal you think we ought to do and if you are in or not, thanks.

    July 7, 2013

    • Becky R.

      I'm in for ribs! :-)

      July 10, 2013

    • Jim N.

      Ok, we will have ribs. I will work out the details tonight and buy them from Sam's Club on my way to Centreville.

      1 · July 10, 2013

  • Olivia

    Jim & Organizers & All: slowly catching up to the ... 165 posts! I see on website that there is a $11 fee at the Red Creek campground. I assume this is per site (each site can have 6 ppl as described below by Jim).
    Do we have a 'deal' with Authorities because we're doing trail maintenance that week-end? If not, then just posting this here to make sure people are aware and come with cash. Thanks!

    July 9, 2013

  • Sara

    Does anyone have room for 2 backpackers in their car? Coming from NW. Will chip in for gas. Please send me an email. Thanks!

    July 8, 2013

    • Mandy E.

      Sara, decided to drive and you and plus one have spots. Text/call me to coordinate and confirm:[masked]

      July 9, 2013

    • Sara

      Is anyone leaving DC after 5 or pick up from metro after 6 with room for 2 backpackers? Thanks!

      July 10, 2013

  • Giuliana

    Unable to make this fun trip. Last minute personal shedule change :(
    Giving up my 2 spots so people on the waiting list take them!!

    July 9, 2013

  • Jim N.

    Please note here whether you wish to stay in the cabin or not. I will backpack in and stay in my tent, but will cook at the cabin.

    April 19, 2013

    • Olivia

      2 car camping at Red Creek Campground

      July 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'd prefer to do car camping or backpacking, if possible.

      July 9, 2013

  • Allen S.

    Hey, all. Very excited about the weekend. I need a ride. Prefer to leave after 5 pm, and pickup from a Metro would be a huge plus. Please text me at[masked] if I don't respond quickly enough on this board--still trying to figure the alert options out.

    July 9, 2013

  • Clara M.

    I'd like to but It need a ride.. anybody leaving Friday after 7?

    July 8, 2013

    • Jim N.

      Clara the carpool will assemble at Centreville at 7:30 PM, so you can get a ride there.

      July 9, 2013

    • Clara M.

      thanks for letting me know I wont be able to go anymore.

      July 9, 2013

  • Jim N.

    I have worked things out with the Forest Service so we can take more people and will have up to 3 campsites at Red Creek Campground if we want them. So chime in here if you want to car camp at Red Creek Campground. Chime in on the other thread if you want to backpack or stay in Laneville Cabin (limit of 12, first come first served). I will of course do a group meal on Saturday night with everyone's help.

    May 10, 2013

    • Caitlin W.

      Car Camp: Count me as two people.

      July 8, 2013

    • Olivia

      Car camping at Red Creek Campground +1

      July 9, 2013

  • Caitlin W.

    I have will have room for 2 from Centerville on Friday as well. Hesitated to offer only because I'm dropping my dog off at a friends and am a bit worried about my timeliness, but I can being in communication with someone if I'm running late.

    July 9, 2013

    • Jim N.

      Just call me Caitlin as I frequently run late coming from Baltimore.

      July 9, 2013

  • Giuliana

    Will need ride for two from Centerville. Plz!!

    July 9, 2013

  • Priya

    I am coming from Rosslyn, right off of 66, just outside DC. Does anyone have room for me to ride along? I am flexible as to time and will of course chip in for gas.

    July 8, 2013

    • Lorraine

      Hi Mandy, please let me know if you decide to drive and if you might have room for another. I can leave after 3pm Friday but no earlier. Otherwise I can be totally flexible and I'm happy to pitch in.

      July 9, 2013

    • Mandy E.

      Hi ladies! I'm going to drive, so Priya, lets text/call to coordinate: 3868466185. Lorraine, let me double check I have room, but it's looking like I won't.

      July 9, 2013

  • Lorraine

    I just found out I have to be at a meeting on Friday so I can't leave until the afternoon and I would really prefer to car camp. Are there still spots at Red Creek and is there anyone I can carpool with?

    July 8, 2013

    • Jim N.

      You can car camp at Red Creek campground or I think there are a couple spots left at the cabin.

      July 8, 2013

  • Peter

    will miss joining the group and hope everyone has a great time

    July 8, 2013

  • Mandy E.

    I guess I keep missing these opportunities to RSVP? I'm steadfast and will keep trying!

    July 8, 2013

    • Jim N.

      Mandy, just change your RSVP to a yes and pay your $1 to move to the "attending" list.

      July 8, 2013

  • Christy

    :( deep in study this weekend after this week's training course for work

    July 8, 2013

  • Clara M.

    anybody driving there Friday after 7pm?

    July 8, 2013

  • Amy

    I am planning on leaving early Friday and packing in, thinking of doing 5-8 miles. I have room for 5 and can pick up at New Carrolton, Vienna, or Centerville. Not sure of the logistics yet, will need to cordinate with Jim but would like to start from Bear Rocks or the campground. ..

    June 23, 2013

    • Amy

      Lisa, how about if we meet at the carpool parking area at the junction of 95 and 495? Unless you have another suggestion close to rt 50, that is.

      July 7, 2013

    • Clara M.

      is there still room to carpool? or car camp?

      July 7, 2013

  • Jennifer E.

    So if I choose bp can I still get a shower in the cabin one day? Does it cost to stay at cabin? How far is cabin from campsite at Red Creek?

    May 24, 2013

    • Jim N.

      Jennifer, I posted my "shower" above in the pictures....that's how I roll up there!

      3 · June 7, 2013

    • Amy

      jennifer, did you decide to stay at the cabin or campground? Just figuring out logistics..

      July 7, 2013

  • Jim N.

    First look at the weather is decent, partly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 70's and lows in the 50's with a 30% chance of weather. Report here: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=39.020266643861994&lon=-79.32609558105469#.UdmHdGHD_IU

    1 · July 7, 2013

  • Tom

    I can drive and take 4 bps as I am packing in. I'd like to leave early afternoon on Friday.

    June 28, 2013

    • Tom

      Of course, see you at 2pm.

      July 5, 2013

    • Tom

      There are 5 of us at 2 pm. We've filled all the spots.

      July 7, 2013

  • Mandy E.

    I don't have my plus one but I hope I can join again!!

    1 · July 6, 2013

  • Kelly

    I'm going to bail. Threw out my back. Can't bend at this point. I'm going try to make the trip at the end of July. I know there are people on the waiting list who want to go.

    June 30, 2013

    • Tom

      Hope you recover quickly :)

      July 1, 2013

    • Jim N.

      Maybe you can recover enough by next weekend Kelly

      July 2, 2013

  • Brian C.

    My apologies I really wanted to go but a family obligation will prevent me from going this time. Hope someone enjoys my spot! Look forward to doing a trip with you all soon.

    July 1, 2013

    • Jim N.

      Will miss your great company Brian. When you get a chance give me call please.

      July 2, 2013

  • Kathleen

    Really sorry to miss it, but my ability to fully participate is too much in question.

    July 2, 2013

  • Dan S.

    There's room in my car for up to three, I'll be leaving after work on Friday and stopping in Centreville

    June 28, 2013

    • Ginger Q.

      Perfect! I can meet you at 6:30pm.

      June 29, 2013

    • KingsleyC

      630p at centreville works for me. let me know if there is still room. thx!

      June 30, 2013

  • Caitlin W.

    I'm down for me+1. We'll car camp if there's space.

    June 28, 2013

  • Peter F.

    reckon I'm backpacking.

    June 28, 2013

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