Dolly Sods 1/26 through 1/28 2007


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The plan: Arrive circa 8-9PM on Friday for dinner and drinks. Hit the trail for a quick 2-4 miles in the dark. Do about 10-12+ miles on Saturday. Then 2-4 on Sunday morning. A total mileage for weekend of 15 would be nice. The following trail looks about right..

Red Creek Little Stonecoal Dunkenbarger Big Stonecoal Breathed Mountain Red Creek
Or if you prefer numbers: 514 552 558 513 553 514

Starts at: Laneville Cabin
Length of loop: 15 miles
Fords: 4
Difficulty: Moderately strenuous.

[from The Monongahela Natty Forest page on Dolly Sods]
Red Creek Trail starts as an old railroad grade/logging road at the beginning, but repeated flooding has created a side channel that must be crossed on rocks. Just past this ford, follow a footpath through rhododendron to a small clearing. This is the junction with Little Stonecoal. Turn left, cross Red Creek, and start up the long nasty hill on Little Stonecoal trail. Dunkenbarger come in from the right. Little Stonecoal appears to continue faintly uphill, but this section goes on to private land and is neither maintained nor recommended. Dunkenbarger is pretty flat, swampy in wet years, but generally easy to follow through rhododendron and trees. It hits Big Stonecoal trail, and the view opens up slightly. Turn left onto Big Stonecoal and go upstream through rhododendron woods and heath and bog country. At the old trailhead signs for Forest Road 80 turn right and climb slightly through woods and rocks. Breathed Mountain trail winds through a scenery of open vistas and wooded patches before starting downhill into the valley of Red Creek. At Red Creek trail, turn right and head downhill. Ford the creek below the falls and climb uphill, passing the Fisher Spring trail intersection. Continue to follow the trail down the canyon of Red Creek until it comes out at Laneville Cabin.

A helpful Dolly Sods mapping project
The Monongahela Natty Forest page on Dolly Sods
The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club Dolly Sods page


If you right click on the links below you should be able to download the files


Dolly Sods map that includes the trail numbers noted above
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This is a Topo Usa map of the planned loop. This map includes coordinates that correspond with the waypoints along the trail. Also included is a note about the proposed meeting point though this point is not actually on this map.


Four page (2x2) map for larger scale printouts (Top Left Pane.) This is map is "zoomed in to show only the area of the proposed loop
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Four page (2x2) map for larger scale printouts (Top Right Pane.) This is map is "zoomed in to show only the area of the proposed loop
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Four page (2x2) map for larger scale printouts (Bottom Left Pane.) This is map is "zoomed in to show only the area of the proposed loop
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Four page (2x2) map for larger scale printouts (Bottom Right Pane.) This is map is "zoomed in to show only the area of the proposed loop


Another four page (2x2) map for larger scale printouts (Top Left Pane.) This is map is "zoomed out" to show the proposed loop and the surrounding area
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Another four page (2x2) map for larger scale printouts (Top Right Pane.) This is map is "zoomed out" to show the proposed loop and the surrounding area
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Another four page (2x2) map for larger scale printouts (Bottom Left Pane.) This is map is "zoomed out" to show the proposed loop and the surrounding area
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Another four page (2x2) map for larger scale printouts (Bottom Right Pane.) This is map is "zoomed out" to show the proposed loop and the surrounding area


Trail Profile for the proposed loop if hiked CLOCKWISE
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Trail Profile for the proposed loop if hiked COUNTER-CLOCKWISE





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