Otter Creek to Hedrick Camp Trail Loop

Elkins, West Virginia

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This loop follows the fast-flowing Otter Creek to the Mylius Trail, then makes a long climb to the summit of Shavers Mountain. A quick drop off the mountain leads to the very upper reaches of the rhododendron-covered Otter Creek. Shavers Mountain and Green Mountain form the eastern boundary of the Otter Creek Wilderness. These two mountains rise from the banks of the Otter Creek to almost 4,000 feet. Tall stands of cove hardwoods thrive in the sheltered bottom land of Otter Creek, while the high ridge crests support dense stands of spruce and hemlock. The creek itself tumbles over huge rock boulders and passes through narrow crevices. Quiet pools form below many of the small falls, creating delightfully cool swimming holes. Special attractions: A high mountain summit, a great view to the east, and a wonderful hike along a free, fast-flowing river.
Hiking West Virginia

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Hiking West Virginia

by Steven Carroll and Mark Miller (Falcon Guides)

This loop follows the fast-flowing Otter Creek to the Mylius Trail, then makes a long climb to the summit of Shavers Mountain. A quick drop off the mountain leads to the very upper reaches of the rhododendron-covered Otter Creek. Shavers Mountain and Green Mountain form the eastern boundary of the Otter Creek Wilderness. These two mountains rise from the banks of the Otter Creek to almost 4,000 feet.

Tall stands of cove hardwoods thrive in the sheltered bottom land of Otter Creek, while the high ridge crests support dense stands of spruce and hemlock. The creek itself tumbles over huge rock boulders and passes through narrow crevices. Quiet pools form below many of the small falls, creating delightfully cool swimming holes. Special attractions: A high mountain summit, a great view to the east, and a wonderful hike along a free, fast-flowing river.

©  Steven Carroll and Mark Miller/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Elkins
Distance: 9
Elevation Gain: 800 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 3,000 feet
Top Elevation: 3,800 feet
Local Contacts: Otter Creek Wilderness
Local Maps: USGS Bath Alum, Green Valley, Montrose, Parsons
Driving Directions: Directions to Otter Creek to Hedrick Camp Trail Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

7/18/2009
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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.


7/12/2007
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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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