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FactorJNAnother HP  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 9, 2012

FactorJN

Great hike, lots of Appalachian thru hikers.
Posted May 18, 2012 1:17 am

LedinthebloodFor Rohan. For your people.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2011

Ledintheblood

One of the best if not the best hikes in va. Went up with a buddy of mine, we hit the trail and made decent time. Through highland views and amazing vistas. It felt like Rohan, ponies and all. The ponies were farily tamed and friendly. The summit resembled a rainforest and its always good to be at the highest point in your state. Do it, cause you'll end up doing it again.
Posted Feb 9, 2012 11:08 pm

TrailtrekerNJScottish Highlands  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 19, 2012

TrailtrekerNJ

Felt like I was a Highlander passing through the open meadows and bald ridgetops.
Started at the Massie Gap parking area with a base temp of 28 F and sunny.
Portions of the single track trail through the rocks was frozen, with the hole area frozen along the Mount Rogers Spur Trail.
Highlight of the trek was seeing the wild horses throughout the lower portion.
Posted Jan 22, 2012 2:14 pm

RobynHP #2  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 15, 2011

Robyn

Was able to find all three markers and got to see the ponies! This was a beautiful area with plenty of variety in the scenery. We took the Wilburn Ridge Trail up and the AT back down, which would be my suggestion as the Wilburn Ridge Trail involves more climbing. Also be prepared for the wind!
Posted Oct 16, 2011 12:55 pm

jds3038#5
Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2011

jds3038

This was the second time that my hiking and HP buddy, Mike, and I have hiked Mount Rogers (first time was in 1994?). With the increase of technology (digital cameras, etc.), we basically decided to redo and document the 18 HP's we had already completed along the east coast. The disposable camera/photos just didn't cut it. The weather today was just perfect, not a cloud in the sky. We hiked to the summit from the trailhead at Elk Garden and noticed that a portion of the AT had been re-routed since we had visited last. This initially threw us for a loop, since we headed straight toward the open meadows (in the Rhododendron Gap area). After taking a quick break, we started thru the meadow, following the woodline, but couldn't pick up the trail. After retracing our steps, we realized that the trail cut abruptly left, a couple hundred feet prior to the meadow, and continued thru the woods. The trail then continued thru the woods, until opening with views of the meadows, a few hundred feet before the trail cut-off to the summit. Wow, what a difference in the character of the trail! While I don't mind a walk in the woods, the former route was ALOT more scenic, with views of the open meadows. Nonetheless, we still had a great time!
Posted Sep 25, 2011 1:05 pm

JowHP #15  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2011

Jow

Foggy, Cold, and No Ponies. But I will take it
Posted Sep 21, 2011 11:11 am

Bark Eatercloud forest  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2011

Bark Eater

Heavy fog the entire hike from Elk Gardens. No views but a pleasant walk in the woods. No ponies but funny almost walking into a cow in the fog near the trailhead.
Posted Sep 19, 2011 2:35 pm

MarkWillmannWet climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 12, 2010

MarkWillmann

Climbed with wife, Jill. Rained the whole way. Boggy through the forests towards the top, and slippery going through the moss-covered scree field about halfway down.
Posted Sep 3, 2011 6:33 am

vbeckman74Wild Horses  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2000

vbeckman74

Lots of deer and horses. Beautiful section of the AT.
Posted Aug 21, 2011 6:49 pm

milaniteFrom Grayson Highlands S.P.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2011

milanite

The climb was a little rockier and more strenuous than I expected, taking about three hours to the summit. It was cool at the top, presaging some rain on the descent. The trails are well-marked and well-tended, and you meet some interesting folks on the AT portion. This was state highpoint #30 for me.
Posted Aug 17, 2011 5:40 pm

xpdaVirginia  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 9, 1994

xpda

It got dark. There were wild horses. We lost the trail, then we lost Jay.
Posted Aug 10, 2011 3:42 pm

markowensFun Hike!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 19, 2010

markowens

This was my 4th SHP out of 16 that I have done so far. This has been my favorite hike. The environment at the HP is unlike anything else on the trail. There wasn't a cloud in the sky, but ice crystals fell from the trees at the HP. I can only describe it as surreal.
Posted Aug 8, 2011 8:52 am

xDoogiex#22  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2011

xDoogiex

Brung my sis and g/f. Amazing hike from massie gap
Posted Aug 4, 2011 7:11 am

redmondWild Ponies  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2011
Beautiful hike, my favorite of the entire southeastern high points. Wild Ponies everywhere.
Posted Jun 23, 2011 2:39 pm

AlpinistMount Rogers Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 15, 2011

Alpinist

The last of a 6 state HP weekend. Flew into Knoxville, then hit the HPs for TN, GA, SC, NC, KY and VA. This is my 45th state HP. I hiked up the Mount Rogers Trail from VA603, 13 miles RT. It's a beautiful hike!
Posted May 15, 2011 5:23 pm

NJTripper2nd time is a charm...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 12, 2010

NJTripper

Got rained off this HP back in June... (I will ~not~ hike in a T-storm... Rogers wasn't go'n anywhere..)

Was a good day when I was able to hike the AT over it in Sept!
Posted Dec 5, 2010 5:55 pm

kteichertHP #20  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 4, 2010

kteichert

Took the Appalachian trail approach from Elk Gardens up state road 600. 9 miles round trip. It was a complete whiteout and I got snowed on the majority of the way. But I had a great time. Was alone and didn't see a single other person the entire hike.
Posted Nov 5, 2010 10:28 am

Bluebell08Beautiful day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 10, 2010

Bluebell08

From Grayson Highlands State Park. Ponies and deer! Campground at park was very nice. Highpoint #13.
Posted Nov 1, 2010 8:23 pm

SpindleLovely area  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2010

Spindle

Met lots of ponies.
Posted Sep 22, 2010 10:00 pm

BConleyHP #8  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2010

BConley

Very nice area, stayed at Grayson highlands camp ground was very impressed. Great views up until a quarter mile of the summit. Was able to get within 4 or 5 feet of the ponies.
Posted Sep 11, 2010 7:08 pm

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