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ZeeJayFun hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2017


Fun scramble, nice views. We did the standard loop. I'm glad it was blazed!
Posted Jun 8, 2017 9:53 pm

tudgePerfect June Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2015


Perfect summer day. Enjoyed a PB&J and a cool breeze on top.
Posted May 2, 2017 3:56 pm

jerky1280Long Ago  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 1995


Climbed as a kid.
Posted Apr 7, 2017 3:38 pm

larvitarWindy!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 26, 2017


My brother and I seized the chance to climb this notoriously crowded peak on a warm, sunny weekday in January. We still didn't quite have the trail to ourselves, but there was more than enough room on the mountain for all of us. The scramble at the top (ice-free, thankfully) was much longer and tougher than I'd expected, closer to what you'd find on an alpine peak up north than anything I'd yet seen in Virginia. And with all those narrow cracks and huge, smooth boulders, it definitely favors the tall and skinny. The weather, as mentioned, was beautiful, except for a stiff wind that nearly blew us off the summit. Bring a windbreaker, folks!
Posted Jan 31, 2017 12:58 pm

oso1212Fun  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 6, 2016


Great time with friends climbing a mountain I've heard about but never had the opportunity to hike until today!
Posted Feb 6, 2016 6:06 pm

TheWolfIsLooseGreat Scramble  Sucess!


A great little scramble in a very pretty area.
Posted Nov 2, 2015 5:09 pm

PeakAndAbyssOld Rag  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 22, 2010


An old favorite. Have climbed Old Rag many many times in the past, including when it was snow covered in the winter.
Posted Oct 10, 2015 10:50 am

technicolorNHSerious fun  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 11, 2015


I went without any prior knowledge of the mountain and by the time I was done I could see it had a deserved reputation. I did the nine mile loop in a touch under four hours. I saw the spur trail for Mount Robertson on the way down the fire road but decided to save it for next time since I wanted to tag Hightop and Blackrock before finishing for the day.
Posted May 14, 2015 5:05 pm

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


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


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

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


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


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!


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

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


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


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


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


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

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