Dolly Sods Wilderness: Dolly Sods North Loop Day 2 – Part 2

Continued from Day 2 Part 1

Hiking along, we passed through some forests, but most of Dobbin Glade Trail is flat or hilly meadows with marshes. This environment means there is plenty of sun for wildflowers!

In this meadow you can see lots of Goldenrod and Flat-topped White Asters.

At one point we passed through an area completely overgrown with these wildflowers. Depending on the variety, Goldenrods can grow anywhere between one and seven feet tall. Similarly, Flat-topped White Asters can grow as much as seven feet tall. I’m about 5’5″, so some of these Flat-topped White Asters were reaching six feet or more! It was so much fun to be surrounded by wildflowers like this.

In a marshy meadow, we also encountered other flowers and plants.

Meadowsweet

Meadowsweet

Meadowsweet

Meadowsweet, or Spiraea alba, is a member of the Rose family (Rosaceae) and blooms June to September. A native plant, it grows throughout northeastern and central North America. It favors meadows, old fields, and low moist ground.

Bulrush

Bulrush, or Cattail, is a member of the Cattail family (Typhaceae). There are 30 different species in the Cattail family. They like to grow in shallow water or moist soils and can grow to be ten feet tall, depending on the variety. Since these were quite large, perhaps they were Giant Bulrushes.

Along the way, we passed by Beaver View Trail, but kept going on Dobbin Glade Trail until we met the junction for Ravens Ridge Trail. We turned up onto Ravens Ridge. Until then, the going had been quite flat and easy. All of a sudden, we were going uphill! I think under normal hiking circumstances this hill wasn’t actually so bad, but with nearly 30 pounds of hiking gear on each of our backs, it felt tough.

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