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jgreenerunsLove the scramble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 25, 2014

jgreeneruns

We camped along Nicholson Hollow to get an earlier start on the trail. We started from the parking lot around 8. I wouldn't have left any later than this because of the volume of people and how warm the top of the mountain got. The hike was very enjoyable with great places to see the valley to the west along the way. The scramble for the last third of the hike is by far the most fun. We made a loop by using the fire road and to avoid going against the summiting traffic.

Definitely a DC area must-hike!
Posted May 25, 2014 10:08 pm

JBR1969Follow the dots  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2008

JBR1969

Fun, easy climb.
Posted Mar 10, 2014 4:38 pm

wanderweg83What can I say that hasn't already been said?  Sucess!

wanderweg83

I have climbed Old Rag twice so far. I will be back as often as I can. It is popular for a good reason!
Posted Feb 1, 2014 10:40 am

KevintheclimberLegendary   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 13, 2013

Kevintheclimber

Climbed it twice. Probably will do three more times. Easily one of the best hike/climb in the eastern coast. Just a pleasure to do it. Class three? more of class 2 plus though.
Posted Dec 31, 2013 5:34 pm

WoodswalkerOld Rag Mountain  Sucess!

Woodswalker

1979. Hiked it with my brother.
Posted Nov 9, 2013 1:16 pm

mlandau3Class 3?  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2013

mlandau3

It was interesting, but I thought there should be more exposure with a class 3 route (e.g. the slide on North Tripyramid or Huntington Ravine). I was worn out by the end - falte like an old rag.
We did see a bear cub and some deer on the descent via Saddle Trail.
Posted Jul 23, 2013 10:13 am

dielotrSunday day hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2013
Nice day trip from DC with 4 friends. Started to rain as we passed Old Rag shelter on the way down; turned into absolute downpour before long. Totally soaked on the way home. Great trip
Posted Jul 23, 2013 9:56 am

HikingBootsFun Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 20, 2012

HikingBoots

I see why it's such a popular trail, attracting many avid hikers.
Posted Jul 11, 2013 3:39 pm

geemanOld Rag Express  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2013

geeman

Misty weather. Started at 9am, back to the parking lot at noon. The rock scrambling is great fun. Will be back in wintertime.
Posted Jun 23, 2013 4:30 pm

JRaphaelsonRoute: Ridge-Saddle Loop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 23, 2013

JRaphaelson

Enjoyable but overhyped. Then again, I'm a New Englander..
Posted May 24, 2013 8:47 pm

Pete CastriconeFun scramble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 3, 2013

Pete Castricone

Did the loop with a trip through the Sunset Wall cave. Really enjoyed the ridge scramble.
Posted May 3, 2013 6:18 pm

cwharringtonlawBest Near DC  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 18, 2012
Best hike near DC. I miss the big hills out west pretty bad, but this is a nice consolation prize. Can get crowded in spring, but during mild winters it can be snow free and people free.
Posted Mar 15, 2013 10:25 am

WyomingSummitsFun area  Sucess!

WyomingSummits

Hiked and climbed in the area numerous times over the years!
Posted Feb 16, 2013 9:30 am

AirborneBuffNight Winter Accent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 29, 2012

AirborneBuff

Full moon hike was planned but the overcast sky still provided enough ambient light for a night accent. There was some ice and snow to deal with, but nothing that required crampons or microspikes. Camped at Barry Hollow for the night after doing the loop.
Posted Jan 1, 2013 10:30 am

HagenAlpining in the Southeast  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 30, 2012

Hagen

Old Rag is a different kind of beast when it has a decent snow/ice pack. I'd estimate there was everything from barely an inch up to a good foot, complete with snow bridges between some boulders. The upper 500' of the mountain had a good half inch of ice in the trees, must have been a heck of an ice storm up there.

Nearly everybody I saw had no form of snow/ice protection at all. As a result, I only saw a few people after the first major obstacle, the "Entrance Crack" on the first outcrop. It was nice to have the summit area to myself. I wore my microspikes hiking up the Ridge Trail, but switched-out to crampons and walking axe for the scramble.

It was a real treat to have the upper half of the mountain almost to myself with alpine conditions.
Posted Dec 30, 2012 9:46 pm

Stu BrandelBlown Away  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 6, 2012

Stu Brandel

I was blown away - I had previously thought that the reputation of Old Rag was a bit overblown. A little scrambling at the top? Sure. Now I have seen the LIGHT, and it is GOOD. Is there a more fun mountain in America?
Posted Nov 6, 2012 5:05 pm

tbaranskiGotta love it  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2012

tbaranski

Lots of fun.
Posted Sep 6, 2012 4:08 pm

mlt205Never A Dissapointment  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2012

mlt205

A bucket list hike if you live east of the Mississippi
Posted Aug 26, 2012 5:32 pm

mtwashingtonmonroeWorthy of all Praise  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2012

mtwashingtonmonroe

One of the most rewarding hikes I've ever done...absolutely worth all of the praise it receives! What an amazing mountain...
Posted Jul 15, 2012 8:36 pm

HagenStill a favorite.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 3, 2011

Hagen

I do love this mountain, despite what the crowds have done to her. I reccomend picking a weekday in the winter, and start early. It's a great mountain to introduce aspiring mountaineers and climbers to the virus.
Posted Jun 26, 2012 9:27 pm

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