Hiking West Virginia
by Steven Carroll and Mark Miller (Falcon Guides)
© Steven Carroll and Mark Miller/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
We had a great trip! Our 10-year-old son was on the trip with us, and the difficulty was well within his abilities. The early part of the trail was muddy/rocky, in part because it follows an old stream bed. Once you cross Yellow Creek, the terrain becomes easier. The rhodedendron and hemlock were lovely throughout. Fording Otter Creek was great fun, and the cold water felt good on our bare feet. The climb up Shaver Mtn was pleasant with moderately steep going towards the end. Note that the trail has been re-routed relative to the map going up and down Shavers Mtn (fewer switchbacks than indicated). Rock cairn blazes helped a lot, so we only had a few moments of doubt. It was hard to find a good campsite on Shaver Mtn. The spot we used was fine but not ideal. We didn't see vistas from there as we expected. The Hedrick Camp Trail campsites looked great but were rather close to the end/parking area.
We hiked the Lower Otter Creek trail and never made the loop up the Mt. It was a beautiful trek in and out, the river was very cold but the views were so outstanding we stayed riverside. I had my 12 yr old Boy Scout with me and he had no problem with the trail. We are going back in a few weeks to climb the Mt.
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