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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Hiking WV: Otter Creek Wilderness

Saturday’s hike was somewhat decided on-the-fly. We knew we were going to stop at Valley Falls, but not sure where we wanted to go from there.

We’d discussed Cathedral, as well as the Davis / Canaan area, but decided that hiking the Otter Creek trail would be gorgeous if the leaf color was good.

It was and it was.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Canaan Wildlife Refuge

Since the weather wasn’t great, we headed over to the Canaan Wildlife Refuge and Beale Trails, because I wanted to get down to the river.

First you walk through fields before you head down the hills, through the woods, to the river.

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Despite the gentle rain, it was a lovely walk.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Seneca Creek Backcountry

We took the scenic route up to Spruce Knob (well, the even more scenic route, that’s mostly gravel, instead of the normal scenic route that is actually paved and almost the width of two lanes).

It was a beautiful day and a everything was so very pretty.

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Driving along Seneca Creek is so beautiful.

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Decent amount of color!

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We finally stopped to explore the creek where it has deeply undercut the hillside.

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Monday, October 5, 2020

Spruce Knob / Seneca Rocks

This Saturday was a lot of scenic driving and a little bit of hiking.

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Tiny bit of color at Seneca Rocks.

More color visible from Spruce Knob on a gorgeous day.

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Friday, September 25, 2020

Hiking WV: Table Rock

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Monday, September 14, 2020

Hiking WV: Otter Creek Wilderness

Looking for somewhere close but also unlikely to be busy, we went back to Otter Creek Wilderness.

This time we drove in on the west side, through Fernow Experimental Forest.

Because my ankle is still a little iffy, we decided to hike to the top of the mountain and then go back down and wander to the bog.

Location: Otter Creek Wilderness
Trails: Moore Run, McGowan Mountain Trails (partial)
Distance: 4.3 miles
Elevation: 3443-3990 feet

Supposedly there had once been an overlook at the top of the mountain, but there was absolutely no view left.

Despite that, it was a very pretty hike, and for an up-the-mountain trail it was pretty easy.

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Look! I found the bog!

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I have hiked in a bog before, and it is not fun. So we turned around and headed back. Because I don’t enjoy stepping in muddy water up to my knees.

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It was a lovely day and a beautiful hike, even if it was shorted then I’d wanted.

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Thursday, September 10, 2020

Traveling WV: Gaudineer & Smoke Hole Canyon

Assuming that everyone who could be, would be outdoors over the weekend, we decided for a scenic drive on Monday, with the hope that most people would be packing up and going home, so perhaps we could find some places that weren’t too crowded.

Our primary destination was Gaudineer Scenic Area, because it’s a place we hadn’t visited before. The secondary objective was a drive around Smoke Hole Canyon.

Location: Gaudineer Scenic Area
Trails: Gaudineer Knob; Old Growth Trail
Distance: 0.5 miles; 0.7 miles
Elevation: 4500 feet; 4093-4186 feet

Gaudineer Knob had a somewhat narrow overlook, but the forest itself was beautiful.

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Also lots of adorable mushrooms.

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A little bit down the mountain was the old growth forest.

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Not very many large trees there, but it was still a very pretty short hike.

Then we headed north to Smoke Hole Canyon, where we stopped briefly at Eagle Rocks, which we hadn’t visited before.

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