Seneca Creek National Recreation Area encompasses the state ’ s point, Spruce Knob, and is not far from several other backcountry places like Dolly Sods and the Cranberry Wilderness. If you have hiked elsewhere at the southern Appalachian or Allegheny Mountains, then it will feel comfortable: thick guard spruce at the very best lush hardwood forests at lower elevations, and occasional open meadows.

  • These ought to be physically easy trips for me personally, and blatantly I’m packaging luxuries like sleeping clothing, a bridge hammock, and a good camera. I wouldn’t be surprised if my pack weighs more once I leave the trailhead — if it’s rainy, I’m likely to deliver an 8-oz umbrella and also 1.5-lb group tarp; and also for role-modeling functions I may keep my food at an Ursack.
  • Keep in mind I get a great deal of gear at no cost. I store the sales if I had to cover everything and that I ’d seek substitutes that are more economical out.

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For the month of May, a nearby weather channel at Canaan Valley reports average low and high temperatures of 68 F and 42 F. Our location is a bit higher (3,000 to 4,800 ft ), and so cooler.

  • Precipitation. The same weather station reports 6.1 inches of rain in May, and Spruce Knob should receive just a little bit more.
  • Daylight. Because we ’ re just 6 weeks away in this year’s longest day we ’ ll have daylight. The dirt trails can become. In the lower elevationswe’ll be calmed with a hardwood duplex. At high elevations, we’ll find guard spruce. The understory is not dense. Trails will be primitively signed, at least in the use corridors. Visibility will be restricted, besides for the occasional meadow.
  • Sun exposure. Between rain that is likely and the tree canopy, sun exposure is a concern.
  • Water availability. Maps portray ongoing and regular streams and springs, except atop ridgelines. We found no other reports of bear/human meals battles. Rodents may be an issue at campsites.
  • Biting pests. It’s. Mosquitoes will be manageable although outside. That can be a lightly inhabited area — also we ’ re several hours in the closest medical centers, and we won’t have cell support, although A road is more than just a few miles off.
  • Natural hazards. In heavy rains, Seneca Creek will swell.
  • Backpacking gear checklist: West Virginia in May

    Gear selection should be driven by:
    The article Backpacking equipment record: West Virginia & Appalachians in May appeared initially on Andrew Skurka.

    For planning purposes, normal springtime conditions were assumed by us for this location. When an accurate short-term prediction becomes available, we’ll tweak our kits.

    My counseling period begins this Friday in West Virginia, where Alan Dixon, Joseph “Stringbean” McConaughy, Ron Bell, Matthew Bright, also I will be top two successive intro-level 3-day excursions (May 10-12 and 13-15).

    Expected conditions

    Seneca Creek


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    The applicability of the equipment list goes beyond 3-day trips in Seneca Creek.  It could be reproduced successfully for any springtime excursion in the southern Appalachians (e.g. Appalachian Trail, Smokies, Blue Ridge, Shenandoah, etc.), possibly with little adjustments to comply with local regulations or requirements.
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