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Dolly Sods is one of my favorite places in the mid-Atlantic and, after a couple of years of trying to make it happen, I finally got to visit in winter.  Sunday, my husband, a friend and I managed to get up there for a dayhike on snowshoes.  We hiked up a ski run to the western boundary of the wilderness area and then turned north and hiked along the western edge of the plateau, roughly following the Rocky Ridge Trail until our turnaround time.  It was enchantingly beautiful:  a frozen snowy plateau under a striking blue sky.  Dolly Sods can have frighteningly bad, dangerous weather, but Sunday the wilderness and the weather were on their best winter behavior.  When we stopped, we could hear the frost crackling on the trees.   We saw a lot of animal tracks in the snow and I caught a glimpse of a gray fox as it ran off into the trees.


Looking east across the plateau that is northern Dolly Sods.  This was probably my favorite spot on the hike (at least based on the 20 or so pictures I took there!).


Big Stonecoal Run.


On our return trip, we came around a corner and the snow had a brilliant shine on its surface, probably from melting a little and re-freezing.

There are more pictures here.


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Wow! Talk about a winter wonderland. Thanks for posting.
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Gorgeous! Upper Dolly Sods must be incredible in winter...I'd love to visit some day...

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Only way to describe that is beautiful...

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Makes me wish I was there to go snowshoeing !!!!
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Was planning on a return visit to the Sods this year, but didnt get out at all for any backpacking. Been there once and it was incredible.

It's not normally such a winter wonderland yet is it? I'm guessing this trip was brought to you in part by Hurricane Sandy?

Not sure why but my screen is going on a crazy super horizontal scroll. Makes it tough to read this thread, but I can't see why its wanting to scroll.


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Yep, Hurricane Sandy was definitely responsible for this trip.  We don't usually get to think about using our snowshoes until late December or January.

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Just Fantastic scenery, way cool :cool:

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You have snow.  How nice.  I'm jealous.  Not shaping up to be a good snow year at all around here.  Guess we were spoiled last year which was fatastic in my neck of the woods.

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A friend of mine is a well known photographer in Becvkley and when he first told me of the Sods I couldn't believe peat was that far South.

Very beautiful. thanks for sharing.


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