Discussion on Dolly Sods - Sept 17-19 Hang & Backpacking Weekend
Map of Dolly Sods here.
This is not the final thread on the Sept. Dolly Sods trip. It’s a discussion thread on what people want to do. Once I hear comments I will do a Dolly Sods Hang thread with finalized information and directions. Although many have backpacked the Sods, we've never done a HF meet-up in the area. Here is what I’m currently suggesting because it allows for:
1. A short hike in on Friday which allows for Friday drive-time and time to meet and greet. Easy for anyone to night-hike in the short distance to campsite. And there's a lot of trees in the area.
2. It allows for quite a few different circuit hikes on Saturday depending on how far you want to hike.
3. Less than 3-mile hike out on Sunday for people who need to hit the road quickly.
I’m open to suggestions before I finalize it. I’ve been to the Sods but I’m not an expert so if you want to chime in -- please feel free.
Friday Parking: Parking is across from the start of Black Bird Knob Trail near Red Creek Camp Ground. See attached picture of Trail Sign. Circle on map shows Friday night and Sat. night campsites.
Friday Night Campsite: Less than 1/4 mile in on Black Bird Knob Trail. There’s a picnic table in the area and plenty of hanging trees. See attached photos of area. People will need to hike in water for evening and morning breakfast. (There’s water further up the trail once you start hiking on Saturday.)
Saturday: From Friday night campsite heading west on Black Bird Knob Trail, there are any number of circuit hikes that can be taken to the north or south. See map. You can pretty much pick the mileage you want to do. Friday night would be a good time for people to talk about the hike they want to do on Saturday and pick hiking groups. For anyone who doesn’t want to do much mileage, it’s only 2.5 miles to Saturday night campsite if you stay on Black Bird Knob Trail.
Saturday Night Campsite: Meet at west side of Black Bird Knob on Black Bird Knob Trail. Intersection of Blackbird Knob Trail and Red Creek. There's camping on both sides of the creek AND plenty of water. See attached map.
Sunday – Less than 3 miles to car taking the Black Bird Knob Trail back out. So you can have a leisurely morning or get out pretty fast.
Let me know your comments and suggestions.
Thanks to RockRat for the pictures of Friday night's campsite.