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:
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!
Laneville cabin GPS location:
Link Google driving direction from Centreville Park&Ride:
Map of Dolly Sods and driving directions, information, and wilderness restrictions here:
Please print a copy of the map and bring it with you.