Hiking through the Dolly Sods: A Pictorial 5
By David Wray, Guest Contributor

At over 4,000 feet in elevation, Dolly Sods is a large plateau that sits in the middle of the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia. Our 15 mile hike circumnavigated Dolly Sods North Wilderness, which is famous for its one-side red spruce trees, large rocky outcroppings, colorful heath barrens, and Canadian tundra-like meadows. We were lucky enough to have both beautiful weather and peak fall color, which made for a great day to be outside. Pictured below are some highlights from our day.

Photo by David Wray.
Photo by David Wray.
Photo by David Wray.
Photo by David Wray.
Photo by David Wray.
Photo by David Wray.
Photo by David Wray.
Photo by David Wray.
Photo by David Wray.
Photo by David Wray.
Photo by David Wray.
Photo by David Wray.
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About the Author

Whether he's skiing, cycling, or hiking, Internal Medicine resident and West Virginia native David Wray enjoys spending time outdoors. In the winter he can often be found skiing at his home mountain, Timberline Resort, in Canaan Valley, WV. In warmer months he usually splits his time between his mountain bike and exploring new areas by foot.

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Reader Comments

JimK - DCSki Columnist
October 17, 2013
Member since 01/14/2004
2,669 posts

Put a smile on my face David.  Thanks for sharing!

wgo
October 17, 2013
Member since 02/10/2004
1,304 posts

Great pictures, David. Thanks for sharing.

chaga
October 17, 2013
Member since 11/24/2009
587 posts

Looks like the north area behind timberline. Harman trail is one of the most picturesque trails up there to me.  Most beautiful time to be up there and without a doubt the most beautiful place in the area!  We used to be able to ride mountain bikes up there which was a true dream!

JohnL
October 20, 2013
Member since 01/6/2000
3,512 posts

Great timing for your hike. Thanks for the pix. What was the temp range during the hike?

David
October 31, 2013 (edited October 31, 2013)
Member since 06/28/2004
2,444 posts

JohnL, it was sunny and in the low to mid 70's the entire hike. Didn't take any sun block and came back with a nice sunburn! 

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