Friends of Allegheny Wilderness (FAW) and the Scandia Wilderness Committee are inviting people on an overnight winter backpacking trip into the proposed Scandia National Recreation Area during the weekend of Feb. 11-12. This outing will give hikers a fine sense of wild, remote character of this eminently qualified prospective national recreation area.
FAW, the Scandia Wilderness Committee, and others seek to protect in perpetuity in its natural state this stunning wild area from all forms of development. Of particular concern to the organizations are development ideas that have been floated in the past that are "tacky and egregiously inappropriate for this highly natural area," according to a FAW spokesperson.
The hike will begin Saturday morning from the north side of the proposed area along the Roper Hollow Road, and the group will hike south into the Hodge Run drainage from there. Participants should be prepared for off-trail hiking, and consider that there is possibility for deep snow at this time of the year. Saturday evening the group will stop along the way to make camp before dark, and will hike out Sunday morning.
There is no charge to participate, but hikers should bring all of their own food and camping equipment, and come fully prepared for whatever weather conditions may be encountered. Participants will meet late Saturday morning in Scandia, and then drive to the trailhead together. To RSVP and for more details, contact Friends of Allegheny Wilderness at 220 Center St., Warren; call 723-0620; or email email@example.com.