Another perfect day in Dolly Sods Wilderness

Another perfect day in Dolly Sods Wilderness
Taken just off the Red Creek Trail/Blackbird Knob Trail Junction

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Roaring Plains West Wilderness, July hike

Well, a friend and I decided to head for our local hills to get away from the heat. So we head to the Dolly Sods area, specifically the Roaring Plains West Wilderness (one of WV's newest wilderness areas). I have hiked this area for a long time, but it never fails to surprise and tantalize. We camped only a short ways up Roaring Plains Trail (Yes the roaring plains roar!). We then hike up the gas pipeline that acts as the east border of this wilderness. We discovered a trail we did not know existed (no I can't tell yah, or I will have to kill yah). WOW, what a sweet place. We plan to return for further exploration of this trail; gotta know where it goes.
Wildlife seen: 2 deer, 1 timber rattlesnake, a frog, a gray squirrel, vultures and countless other birds.
Wildlife heard: Coyotes briefly just after dusk.
Other animals seen: 1 very tired bear dog, that had "seen action" with the bear (he followed us out the forest service road).
Other people seen: Only the owner of the dog; so at least the dog will spend tonight at home in his dog box.
Hiked with Grabow and Top Bunk (Trail names).
Weather: Hot, humid and very windy; no rain or storms.
I totally recommend this area if you want outstanding hiking and very little company.

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