It's my second backpack in this beautiful high-level plateau of the Allegany Mountains of West Virginia. My friend Carolyn and I, choose a 20-mile loop hike which takes us through a good sample of Dolly Sods Wilderness ecological diversity. Our hike takes us through southern wooded section of Dolly Sods Wilderness with numerous Red Creek crossings and gorgeous northern hardwoods, rhododendrons, ferns and mosses. After spending the first night at a beautiful campsite near the water, we start early the next early the next morning towards the eastern end of Dolly sods and head north along the ridge, surrounded by red spruce, blubbery bushes, grassy fields, sandstone boulders, and amazing vistas. There we find a spectacular campsite for our second night and after pitching our tent and finishing the dinner, we photograph through the sunset, stopped only by the approaching rain storm. The morning brings lots of fog and more photography at first light. Eventually, we pack up the camp, we make our way back through the central section of the Dolly Sods with its wide meadows and sphagnum bogs to complete the loop. It was a perfect late summer hike.
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