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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Hiking WV: Coopers Rock

Busy day at Coopers Rock, what with it being freaking 70 F IN FEBRUARY.

Towards the gate:

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Towards the I68:

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We took it kinda easy today–my back has been sore from all the bending over and crouching I’ve been doing working on the chairs.

Location: Coopers Rock
Trails: Roadside, Reservoir Ski, Reservoir Trails
Distance: 3.7+ miles
Elevation: 2169-2364 feet

So we hiked the Reservoir Ski Trail to the reservoir and then around the reservoir, which brings me to this important question:

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HOW DID I NOT KNOW THERE WERE BEAVERS AT COOPERS ROCK?

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ADDENDUM the First:

To clarify for H J Gadiyar, check out the details of these pictures!

The larger tree is in the process of being gnawed down. But in the background to the left you can see a felled tree.

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Here you can see the tell-tale v and ^ signs of the tree that fell to the left. But also you can see that the missing branches on the tree coming towards the camera have all been chewed and drug off once they were detached.

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2 Responses to “Hiking WV: Coopers Rock”

  1. H J Gadiyar Says:

    Beautiful day for hike near Coopers rock.

    Now, a question.

    How did you find out that there are beavers in Coopers Rock?

  2. Michelle Says:

    If you look closely at those last two pictures, you can see multiple downed trees. The the stumps are like this ^ and the felled part of the trunk is like this v.

    But in the last picture if you look at the tree that has been gnawed but not fallen down–that’s a definitely a beaver at work.

    It looks like the forest service is cutting down/felling these trees before they can fall on a visitor, but there are a lot of trees that were obviously taken down by beavers. (again, the tree being gnawed like this

    v
    ^

    is the telling sign.

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