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JohnMcPikeFog & rain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2017


No views - no visibility. I don't remember the trail being so rocky and forested (except for spur trail) when we did it back in 1999
Posted Oct 20, 2017 10:45 pm

BobEneinHighest point in VA  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 13, 2013


Very mild hike, enjoyable and lots of wild ponies on the trail to the Summit. A family hike and too taxing for weekend warriors, still worth it indeed.
Posted Jul 8, 2017 2:44 pm

wannabepeakbaggerElk garden th  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 5, 2017


Totally socked-in day with rain off and on. Trail distances seemed off. First 2.5 miles were about 40 minutes total, but the last 2 miles took about 90 minutes. I think the final 2miles were closer to 3.5 miles but I didn't have a pedometer to back up my claim. Felt much longer than advertised and felt like the trail wrapped entirely around the mountain. Probably had something to do with weather conditions. Lowest part of the trail was definitely the most scenic.
Posted May 6, 2017 10:20 pm

wilderleavittMuddy Rainy Ponies  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 2, 2017


Started off raining, low cloud cover and fog. Beautiful ponies and three deer jumping through sunlight. Green, green, green on the summit.
Posted Jan 6, 2017 9:27 am

McCannster#34  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 18, 2016


Very nice hike from the Massie Gap trailhead. 3 hours car to car at a leisure place.
Posted Nov 21, 2016 10:37 am

Grey ProphetHP #2  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2016

Grey Prophet

Got a late start, bout noon. It stayed fairly warm the whole time, even when the afternoon showers rolled in. After that, fog enveloped the whole range, with visibility of only a few feet, but it came and went over the rest of the trip. Several stops to catch our breath later, we made it to the top. Not the best view, but the feeling of accomplishment is still there and the surrounding forest feels very unique. A lot of fog rolled in on the way down and we were losing sunlight fast, so we didn't have a lot of time to enjoy the trek back in.
Posted Sep 24, 2016 5:53 pm

punchlineHP #45  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2016


Beautiful hike - being from Utah I was surprised at how lush and mossy the Mt. Rogers Spur trail was. Saw lots of ponies on the way down. Probably one of my SE favorite highpoints. Families galore enjoying the great weather and beautiful views but it looked like some significant thunderstorms were going to hit later in the day so was glad to make it up and down quickly.
Posted Aug 15, 2016 10:11 am

larvitarLarvitour Stop #4  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 4, 2016


I'd done the Grayson Highlands approach before, so this time I came over on the AT from Elk Garden. It wasn't quite as scenic--this route spent a lot more time in the woods--but still a nice hike, with enough open sections to give you that Fellowship-of-the-Rings-crossing-Rohan feeling. I even saw a few ponies on the descent. Spent the night at a campsite behind the trailhead parking lot... and discovered that early May is still winter at 4450'. Brr!
Posted Jun 8, 2016 10:21 am

jakegarberGreat Guys Trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2014
What a great trip...Had bike company drop us off and hiked to top of Mount Rogers enjoying the ponies and rhododendron along the way, refilled water at a spring at the top, after summit we setup camp. Next day we hiked out from a different area, met the bike company to pick us up with bikes. They took our gear down to town and we biked the old rail path all the way down the mountain. Picked up our stuff, took to the hostel, then went to a local brewery to celebrate!
Posted May 9, 2016 8:48 pm

joseyinnetSunrise with the ponies  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 20, 2016


This was one of my favorite hikes! Between the almost two dozen ponies scattered along the trail, the wide open vistas over the mountains, and the isolation besides countless meadowlarks and towhees, this was pretty much everything I could have asked for. State HP #35
Posted Apr 22, 2016 10:44 pm

KristenJayneOne of my favorite high points  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 6, 2016
#36 for me and #38 for my husband. Beautiful hike! What a great way to celebrate our birthdays. Route taken via Massie Gap
Posted Feb 7, 2016 8:44 am

Corona#10  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 1, 2014
Posted Jan 2, 2016 12:34 am

triviasteve2nd attempt  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2014
Went here once before, but got here a little late to attempt the hike, knowing that it would be very dark before I would make it out, so decided to try again later.

Later was in August of 2014… A fantastic hike on a very hot day… lots of ponies to be seen, including one that was only 6 hours old. Had to dodge some surly longhorn cattle, too. But made it to the summit (unremarkable) and then enjoyed a pretty quick hike back out. #19…
Posted May 9, 2015 9:45 pm

JRaphaelsonVia AT  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 6, 2015


Fun little hike but nothing like the White Mountains I'm used to!
Posted Mar 8, 2015 11:36 pm

siekkidHigh-pointing!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2010


Beautiful hike!
Posted Jan 5, 2015 4:58 pm

Adam Doc FoxSouthern Six Pack Winter  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 28, 2014

Adam Doc Fox

Summit #5 of 6 (TN, GA, SC, NC, VA & KY) that we ended up completing with a total time of:
36 hours, 52 minutes and 30 seconds.
Posted Jan 1, 2015 3:48 pm

KatelynNice features
Date Climbed: Mar 11, 2014
Hiked this in early March, from Massie Gap. High wind speed had the initial first hour or so a bit rough, but overall amazing weather. There were still snow and a lot of ice in shaded areas along the trail. Getting to see the wild ponies is a beautiful sight, and they are friendly, but do not feed them! The best part of this nicely featured trail was the spruce fir forest at the summit, a nice treat for the area. No views at the summit, overall a great easy hike.
Posted Aug 23, 2014 7:00 am

Andrew RankineBest state highpoint in the East so far  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 14, 2014

Andrew Rankine

This is the sixth state highpoint in the East, after doing NC, TN, SC, GA and KY in the last four days. This one is by far the best of those. It has great views and interesting outcroppings to keep things interesting. The weather was also better than on the previous ascent of this trip, cloudy and cool.

Started from Grayson State Park, hiked the Rhododendron Trail up to the AT and hiked from there. 550 m elevation gain and 15.3 km. 4 hours 30 minutes car to car at easy pace with a few breaks.
Posted Apr 14, 2014 4:07 pm

IdahoScottHighpoint #4  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 26, 1997


On a hungover Saturday morning outing from Virginia Tech with my college girlfriend... good times.
Posted Apr 7, 2014 5:43 pm

wbenmeekGreat Area  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 5, 2013
Loved the hike from Massie Gap, but no view from the top, but plenty along the way. Wish we had time to spend here, beautiful country and lots of backcountry camping spots.
Posted Mar 7, 2014 11:08 am

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