Echols Dorm: Brick Wall By Side Door
This hike will take place in the George Washington National Forest on “Little Sluice Mountain” on the VA/WVA border. It is extremely remote and is rarely hiked. If you think you have heard of it- you are confused! lol. The trail will ascend a scenic ridge which leads to a protruding rock formation called, thats right, white rocks! The valley below is completely void of human presence and is quite beautiful. The trail also comprises the eastern border of a deer study area- so deer sightings are common there. (In fact, I had a deer nearly run into me on this trail once!) If I remeber correctly, there are some nice virgin boulders along the way- so feel free to bring your rock shoes and chalk for some bouldering.
It will likely be a frigid hike- which is a good thing. But only if you are prepared. Wear lots of layers consisting of synthetic fabrics. Bring plenty of water also. (A thermos of a hot brew is recommended) Headlamps are also recommended. If you don’t have one- then I can get you one. It is best that you bring some waterproof boots- the trail will be snow covered and a little muddy.
***** IT is very important that you be at Echols on time!!! The drive is nearly 2 hours and we only have a little bit of day-light!!!*****