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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Hiking WV: High Falls of Cheat

For years now we’ve been meaning to hike to the High Falls of Cheat, but never managed to get there. So we decided to check another trail off our list last week.

High Falls of Cheat Trail
Distance: 7.6 miles (out and back)
Elevation: 2927-3701 feet (1469′ gain) ~10% grade on the mountain

See that ridge-line in the distance? That’s we we’re going up and over.

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It was a bit chilly when we set out.

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And even cooler along the ridge-line.

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Down the other side of the mountain, and after a 2/3rds mile walk down the railroad tracks (which kinda sucked, to be honest), we came to the falls.

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Shavers Fork River

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Here’s the the graph of the elevation.

High Falls of Cheat Elevation

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Sunday, January 31, 2021

Hiking WV: Otter Creek

“I don’t know where I want to go or even if I feel up to hiking.”
“Me either”
“So let’s just get in the car and see where we end up.

We ended up at Otter Creek!

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Thursday, December 17, 2020

Fall Hiking: Canaan Mountain Backcountry

Saturday we headed back to the Canaan area–mostly because it’s a relatively short drive with a ton of wilderness.

We went back up to Canaan Loop road and did a loop of Fire trails and the Plantation trail.

I did slide into a puddle, but not this one.

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Luckily, although a little water got into my boots, my feet stayed dry.

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Monday, December 14, 2020

Hiking WV: Blackwater Canyon

These are actually from two weeks ago. I was just to lazy to post them.

We’d decided to hike around the Blackwater Canyon. Nothing strenuous, but I knew there would be some pretty views and that we would be unlike to see other people.

When they tell you the road isn’t suitable for passenger vehicles, they really do mean it.

We parked before the road completely degraded and walked to the Allegheny / Canyon Rim Trail.

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Just past the Canyon Rim Trail, if you watch the side of the road you’ll find a short trail out to the overlook, where you can see into the Blackwater Canyon.

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You can hear the creek running below, but even with the leaves fallen could not catch sight of it.

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Between the overlook and Canyon Rim Trailhead you can look for another side trail to a waterfall.

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This is a scramble and not recommended for all users.

But it is lovely.

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The canyon rim trail itself has several creek crossings at the start, but is then wooded / rhododendron thickets.

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It was chilly, but a gorgeous (and easy) hike.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Hiking WV: New River Gorge, Nuttallburg

On the hope that there was still some color (there wasn’t) we headed south to New River Gorge.

We’d considered hiking Endless Wall trail–and then saw cars parked alongside the road. So after regrouping we headed to Nuttallburg, which we hadn’t done before.

Nuttallburg is an abandoned mining town, and was full of lots of abandoned equipment.

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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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