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Holsti97Mount Rogers  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 12, 2006

Holsti97

Drove to Damascus, VA from Asheville, NC and had breakfast. Climbed from Massie Gap trailhead. Saw some ponies right away. Walked north up to the AT. Hiked AT up Wilburn Ridge to Thomas Knob shelter. USFS helicopter flew over and dropped several fire fighters off in front of us. Talked to one and was told that they were going to do a controlled burn. "You will have to turn around." I told him that I wasn't going to turn around, I came to summit. He let me go and said that I might have to stay on top for awhile. We continued on to the Mt. Rogers Spur Trail and reached the summit and had lunch. Hiked down through the burned area. Very smoky. Saw more ponies on the way back down. Warm day, but cloudy. One of my favorite hikes of our HP trip. HP #11.
Posted Apr 23, 2006 10:53 am

GMowryMount Rogers  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 3, 2006
This was a really cool place, I recommend it for anyone that is interested in a nice hike. Saw many ponies, beautiful views and got a decent workout for the day. This is, by no means mountain climbing, but a very nice place to go for a hike. Continued on to highpoints in NC and TN on this trip.
Posted Apr 7, 2006 8:34 pm

EleutherosGrayson Highlands  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 1995

Eleutheros

Hiked this with my family and my dog, Boca, after camping in the highlands. Sunshine and a cool wind.
Posted Mar 17, 2006 7:30 pm

jakefrisbeeCheck it off  Sucess!

jakefrisbee

Climbed Rogers in a snowstorm January, 2001.
Posted Mar 15, 2006 3:42 am

hgrapidWinter Highpoint
Date Climbed: Jan 21, 2002

hgrapid

This is the best mountain range in Virgnia!
Posted Mar 8, 2006 2:52 am

WoundedKnee2 day amalgam of AT, Rogers Trail and Pine Mountain Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 19, 2006

WoundedKnee

Did a short backpacking trip. There was some snow, and it was colder than I expected (7 degrees) at the Old Orchard shelter where we stayed. Great views from the grassy balds nearby; the only views to be had on Rogers are on the way up.
Posted Feb 20, 2006 1:12 pm

Scrambling ManHorses, Cows, Boy Scouts, and Through-Hikers, Climbed: Fall of 2003  Sucess!

Scrambling Man

My wife and I were living in Virginia at the time and decided to climb the highest point in the state. The summit leaves a lot to be desired (like a view), and you never know what or who you'll run into on the AT.
Posted Feb 14, 2006 4:32 am

sprossedaRoute Climbed: AT from Wilburn ridge Date Climbed: November 2005  Sucess!

sprosseda

Grayson highlands is a very special area, unique in the south. Trail ran to summit from Wilburn ridge. Beautiful views of ponies, balds, rock crags, and distant mountains from highlands. Actual summit is covered in dense, beautiful spruce/fir forest so nothing to see on top.
Posted Jan 27, 2006 12:19 pm

Joseph ClaghornRoute Climbed: Grayson Highlands Date Climbed: September 2005  Sucess!

Joseph Claghorn

Very different than your standard Appalachian Hiking. the openess of the meadows with the rock outcroppings is remeniscent of points further west. Its also one of the few Southern Highpoints you actually have to hike to get to, so it has a rare wilderness feel.
Posted Jan 24, 2006 10:36 pm

TLPRoute Climbed: AT via Massie Gap Date Climbed: October 20, 2005  Sucess!

TLP

Wow! What a spectacular hike. Yeah there's no views on summit, but the whole hike there is great views! Even saw the wild ponies at the very end of the day. If you haven't been to Mt. Rogers, go there. Now!
Posted Oct 24, 2005 12:24 am

chmoore577Route Climbed: Massie Gap AT Date Climbed: June 22, 2003  Sucess!

chmoore577

My 8th state highpoint. Very scenic hike up and peaceful secluded summit. No view from the summit, but great views on the hike more than make up for it.
Posted Sep 1, 2005 10:02 am

e-docRoute Climbed: all Date Climbed: TNTC  Sucess!

e-doc

Up 2 weeks ago with my 8 yo son his 2nd state HP. A great winter hike from any TH. Can be very windy in open
(experienced -40 WC in winter), deep snow in woods (2+ feet) on AT, take snowshoes. Easy bushwhack off back side to Deep Gap
Posted Aug 17, 2005 11:53 am

mylesRoute Climbed: spur off Appalachian trail Date Climbed: October 1978  Sucess!

myles

Many visits since then. Wilburn Ridge is my favorite area to camp. Fun scrambling on the pinnacles there, and a more alpine feel than most of the Southeast.
Posted Aug 16, 2005 2:32 pm

starship_jenDate Climbed: August 31, 2003  Sucess!

starship_jen

Lots of variety in terms of landscape. Grass, rocks, trees, boulders. Loved the wild ponies!! Got caught in the rain on the descent only 1/2 mile from the parking lot.
Posted Aug 4, 2005 11:43 pm

CortezRoute Climbed: AT from Elk Garden Date Climbed: May 20, 2004  Sucess!

Cortez

This hike is different than many on the east coast because it offers so much variety. In one of the many open meadows on the way to the "treed" summit were we encounter the famed wild ponies that roam these hills. They were extremly docile and there must have been at least 40 of them. The views on the way to the summit were nice but obstructed at the top.
Posted Aug 2, 2005 12:43 pm

Michael CroffordRoute Climbed: AT Date Climbed: June 25, 2005  Sucess!

Michael Crofford

Very Enjoyable Hike. 3rd state high point.
Posted Jul 5, 2005 2:37 pm

easleygoneRoute Climbed: AT Date Climbed: June 1989  Sucess!
Nice hike.
Posted Apr 12, 2005 11:50 pm

vanny37Route Climbed: AT Date Climbed: Sept. 4, 2004  Sucess!

vanny37

Great weekend, beautiful area.
Posted Mar 23, 2005 9:25 am

chilkootRoute Climbed: AT from Elk Garden Date Climbed: August 26, 1991 and three times since  Sucess!

chilkoot

This is one of my favorite areas in the Eastern U.S. Wandering in the high, open meadows is a true delight. I've hiked in every season and seen every type of weather including a freaky winter thunder/lightning/snow storm in February 1992.
Posted Feb 6, 2005 10:54 pm

Steve GruhnRoute Climbed: From Elk Garden Date Climbed: November 4, 2001  Sucess!
Easy 2.5-hour hike round trip.
Posted Jan 30, 2005 5:26 pm

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