Also, will Timberline management let you hike in the area prior to opening?
You should be able to pick out Herz Mt. on the Canaan Valley map.
Timberline does not mind if hikers use the Salamander trail as an access to Dolly Sods. Hike up Salamander past the North Face and the wiggle and then head straight into the woods as the trail makes its last 90 degree turn towards the summit. There's a Forest Service sign just beyond the Forest Service rd., and an easy access to the Stonecoal and Breathed Mountain Trails.
PS Snowmaking does not start until after Thanksgiving so up to that point, you should be ok.
[This message has been edited by johnfmh (edited 10-03-2003).]
Nice! Looks like it wasn't a good snow year for Off the Wall...