Thread: Dolly Sods WV Winter Crossing

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    Default Dolly Sods WV Winter Crossing

    I would like to try to make it across Forest Road 75 in Dolly Sods Wilderness area in the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia. Dolly Sods is one of the most spectacular places in the eastern U.S. You can google image dolly sods to see the amazing pictures of what it looks like. There could be a lot of snow up there making it impassible. Please be aware of that if you decide to make the trip out there. If that is the case, I know other places in the area to explore as a backup plan. Is anyone interested in going on Saturday November 18th or 25th or Saturday December 2nd?

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    After seeing a recent YouTube video (Venture4wd I believe) I'd like to visit the area but I was thinking of January

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    Sounds like an Exe-lant Adventure. I've been through there in June '16 - Magnificent.. Wish you the best on the the winter ride.
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    The gate closes on December 31st.

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    We made a trip to Dolly Sods the last weekend the gates were open - they closed on Jan 2. We spent a few days doing recon work for our upcoming map of that area. Brutally cold - about 6 degrees at the summit but the wind was howling. iPhones locked up within a few minutes from exposure but 'real' cameras fared better. The road surface became quite icy on the last 1/4 mile to the summit, must have been some sort of rain/ice/snow conversion at a certain elevation. We didn't do the full Rt 75 traverse given the sketchiness of the climb on the eastern side, and we were at the top at sunset, so we retreated the same way we ascended. Always beautiful up there! A set of chains would have given us some extra confidence, but I don't have that in my kit.

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    Any more info on the map your talking about, mikeh?
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    We are working on a 2-map series that covers the northern tier of Monongahela. Western map is Elkins/Otter Creek, eastern is Dolly Sods/Seneca Rock. We'll see how much recon work we can get done in winter but they should be ready for a spring release. Purple Lizard maps show all the dirt roads, 4wd roads, hiking and biking trails, as well as a bunch of other stuff we find interesting. If it's open for public access, we map it. Being a National Forest, this is a bit more straightforward for us because working with the Park Service has been simpler than our usual scenario of multiple State Forest land managers. Not many gray areas on Federal Land. You can see our cartography at the web link below.
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    2010 Tundra Crewmax / OME suspension / Slee sliders / BudBuilt skids / TRD wheels / 34x10.5/17 BFGs / Leer 180 cap
    2014 RAV4. With Blizzacks, AWD and a rear locker this pretty much beats the Tundra until it gets deep.

    2 wheels:
    2003 Honda 50 for the backyard
    2008 KLR650 for the back roads
    2007 Honda ST1300 for the open roads
    Salsa Vaya for the gravel roads
    Fisher Rumblefish 29er for the technical trails


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    Didn't put 2and 2 together. I've been to the site before and didn't notice the link. Thanks.
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    I've done several winter trips up The Sods. Be prepared. Bring chains and a winch if travelling solo, although not recommended. After a big snow, the drifts may be impassable. Don't go up there w/out overnight gear just in case of a worse case scenario stuck or breakdown. I would recommend two or more vehicles and extra fuel. Take it from me, I've been in the ditch, stuck in a drift and had to spend the night.

    The very first time was in 92, I was a total 4x4 rookie in a Nissan Pathfinder. We ended up in the ditch and spent 2 hours trying to get back on the road. At one point a local in a beat up old pickup with a big lift, tall skinny tires all with chains drove up. He took a look and asked, "y'all from the city?". My buddy says yup. The guy shook his head and went on up the mountain, no offer to help. We barely made it down that night on fumes.

    Another time another buddy uttered some famous last words...."we can make it!!!" trying to get over the 6 foot snow drift in his 89 Toyota truck. We got stuck on top of that drift and every time we tried to dig and back out, the truck dug in further until my shins were at the roof line as I stood on the snow drift. We were prepared w winter camping gear and were able to self extract the next day after pitching a tent in 20 degree weather. I was a lot younger and braver back then. Good times but still a bit sketchy.

    Happy 4wheeling.

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