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dwhikeFrom Massie Gap  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 14, 2006

dwhike

Awseome day on the trail, albeit a bit windy. I love crisp fall days on the trail! The route up Wilburn Ridge was rougher than I expected but the scenery was amazing. Very busy. I'm surprised there are not regulations on group size here as trail erosion is an obvious problem. Maybe there is and people are just ignoring it. Regardless it was a great hike and I'm anxious to get back!
Posted Oct 15, 2006 3:39 am

woodstriderPony up the Mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 7, 1998

woodstrider

My friend Bob and I visited this summit as part of a "southern" road-trip. We hit it just right, for eventhough it was a wet foggy and a chill day, the Rhododendrums and mountain azelas were in full bloom and there ponies every where. Stayed at a state campground (Grayson Highlands)that was very nice. We hiked up from Massie Gap to the AT and then took the summit spur trail. After passing thru an area of bramble, I was pleasantly surprised by lovely evergreens covered summit.
Posted Oct 10, 2006 8:36 pm

surgentGrayson Highlands  Sucess!

surgent

Started in heavy spring rain but it let up just as I hit the top. Hike down was in beautiful (humid) clear weather.
Posted Sep 12, 2006 10:14 pm

RockmanAT  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 4, 1998

Rockman

Crossed while on the AT.
Posted Aug 30, 2006 4:12 am

royswkrAT from Elk Garden  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 8, 1991
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Posted Jul 31, 2006 10:08 pm

gwave476th Highpoint  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2006

gwave47

Hiked from Massie Gap to by way of AT to the Spur Trail to the summit. Went with my wife and our friend EJ.
Posted Jul 31, 2006 12:35 am

mlandau3A Hike Worth Doing Again  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2006

mlandau3

From Massie Gap via Wilburn Ridge is a beautiful hike. We saw three herds of ponies (two herds twice) and the ridge is spectacular, if not particularly strenuous.
Posted Jul 23, 2006 5:39 pm

NavySeabeeRoute Climbed: Massie Gap / AT  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2005

NavySeabee

Made the very long (400+ mile trek from VA Beach) to climb Mount Rogers and Black Mountain (KY) under the threat of T-storms. Thankfully, they stayed to the southern ridges. Fun hike over some rugged terrain. Loved watching the ponies in the meadows. HP #6
Posted Jul 21, 2006 10:46 pm

granddeityfrom massie gap  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2006
Suprisingly nice hike, with great views from the trail, but alas not from the highpoint itself. We liked seeing the ponies. Highpoint #8 for us.
Posted Jul 5, 2006 10:02 pm

nartrebfrom Massie Gap  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 6, 2006

nartreb

Very easy stroll through mostly-open pastures, with rocky outcrops offering variety and bouldering. Hard to tell which point on the ridge is highest, hardly even felt like I was in the mountains until the skies cleared and the views opened up. A small area at the summit is covered in dark, mossy spruce & fir that reminded me of Maine - very different from the woods on nearby slopes.
Posted May 8, 2006 2:12 pm

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

kozRoute Climbed: From Elk Garden Date Climbed: September 16, 2003  Sucess!

koz

Highpoint #25; halfway there!!! Fifth stop in our attempt to bag GA-SC-NC-TN-VA-KY in a day. Started the hike in late afternoon / early evening. Surprised at how far we had to go around the mountain, actually losing elevation, before finding the spur trail to the summit. Several people we met along the way had given up. Descended via headlamp.
Posted Jan 3, 2006 12:33 am

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