Eager to return to the Roaring Plains after my first taste last summer, I cooked up an ambitious route that hits just about all the highlights of the plateau and neighboring Dolly Sods. Eight brave souls joined me for what promised to be a bushwhacky, rocky, and muddy high-mileage weekend...
This particular loop is one of my favorites as it gives you a sampling of all that Dolly Sods has to offer -- open meadows and views, rhododendron flanked paths, and (of course) Lions Head.
As it was near the new moon and reasonably clear, we were able to see the Milky Way, which is always a treat.
After the usual RSVP fluctuations for a cold winter trip, Kyle, Joe M., Joe (Mtn F*ker), Stuart, Karan (B.A.), and I set out for Dolly Sods on Saturday morning There was no sign of winter (except for the frigid cold) until the last few miles of mountain driving. We were starting to think the past... Continue Reading →