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Brad SniderRoute Climbed: 9 mile loop Date Climbed: 2000  Sucess!

Brad Snider

Climbed this mountain a few times. Love this place, especially in the fall when the leaves are in color! Virginia's Gem.
Posted Sep 21, 2004 10:11 pm

AGPDclimberRoute Climbed: South east route, returned firebreak road Date Climbed: June 16, 2004  Sucess!
Besthike on the Shenandoahs! Not necessarily for the beginner. Bring plenty of water and a camera. Lots of scenic overlooks. Best time of the year to hike would be mid fall.
Posted Aug 22, 2004 10:10 pm

lostmanRoute Climbed: Loop Trail Date Climbed: May 2002  Sucess!

lostman

One of the most fun trails I have ever been on. It's like being a kid again trapped inside a labyrinth. It's a fair bit of work, but you don't even notice.
Posted Jul 7, 2004 2:26 pm

rmuirRoute Climbed: Loop Date Climbed: March 4, 2001  Sucess!

rmuir

Nice hike with great views!
Posted Apr 13, 2004 2:14 pm

hgrapidRoute Climbed: 9 mile loop from the Old Rag trailhead Date Climbed: April 10, 2004  Sucess!

hgrapid

Beautiful day, 60 degrees, a few hundred people on the mountain. This mountain is wonderful and fun, with lots of boulders to climb. Great views of Hawksbill and Stony Man.
Posted Apr 10, 2004 7:47 pm

MtnWomanRoute Climbed: standard route Date Climbed: June 2000  Sucess!

MtnWoman

Lots of fun! Like caving wtihout a roof.
Posted Apr 3, 2004 11:41 pm

CharlesDRoute Climbed: Standard 9-mile circuit Date Climbed: June, 1998?  Sucess!

CharlesD

Wow! Despite the crowds, this is a pretty amazing hike. Like caving, but without the cave. Like Mahoosuc Notch (NH/ME) but on top of a mountain. I can see why it is so popular.
Posted Mar 21, 2004 6:29 pm

cragRoute Climbed: loop Date Climbed: Dec 22, 2002  Sucess!

crag

A lot more fun than I expected to find in VA. I did this loop several times in fall of 2002, concluding with a winter hike Outstanding autumn color and abundent deer. Very fun, excellent in winter conditions.
Posted Jan 23, 2004 2:51 pm

CoonmanRoute Climbed: Ridge Trail up, Forest Road down Date Climbed: November 9, 2003  Sucess!

Coonman

I talked my wife into coming along with me on this trip....had wonderful weather and great views from the summit ridge on. The scramble up the last several hundred feet was memorable and I would recommend this climb to anyone. Note: If you are going on the weekend, it would be wise to get there early to avoid congestion on the summit ridge. Enjoy!
Posted Dec 27, 2003 10:05 pm

climber46Route Climbed: Ridge Trail(up), Forest Road(down) Date Climbed: October 10, 2003  Sucess!

climber46

My firend Michael and I decided to climb this mountain largely thanks to this website. I had not even heard of Old Rag before! It was definitely the best mountain climb I have ever done in Virginia. I can see why so many people like to climb this one. Lots of fun scambles near the top and many fun boulders to try and climb. Round-trip this hike is about 7 miles, 2,200 vertical-foot climb. I recommend climbing this mountain on a weekday, as weekends can be crowded and bottlenecks in certain scrambling sections are likely to occur.
Posted Nov 10, 2003 9:00 pm

shanrickvRoute Climbed: Ridge Trail Date Climbed: July 17, 2003  Sucess!

shanrickv

This was my second trip to the top of Old Rag and I was able to do it with my 9-year-old son. He did a great job and I was very proud of him. We had great weather with a quiet summit. I hope to go back for a winter climb this year.
Posted Jul 18, 2003 7:52 pm

shanrickvRoute Climbed: Ridge Trail Date Climbed: September 23, 2002  Sucess!

shanrickv

Had a great day with the mountain essentially to myself early on a Monday morning. I started at 8 and reached the summit by 10. I spent almost an hour alone on top without a soul in site. I was impressed by the amount of scrambling I had to do to get over some of the boulders going up. I took the Weakly Hollow Fire Road down. It added about 1.5 miles to the trip, but was well worth it. About 1/2 a mile from the upper parking lot I encountered a young black bear. We startled each other and he/she ran up a tree about 15-20 feet off the trail. As my heart rate decreased, I got some great digital pics and some video shots after I looked around carefully for momma bear. I'm looking forward to doing the climb again, hopefully deeper into the fall when more colors are coming out in the trees.
Posted Sep 25, 2002 4:53 am

crabtreeclimberRoute Climbed: ridge trail Date Climbed: december 2000  Sucess!
As a vetran of old rag i never get tired of the climb. i have been climbing old rag since 1989 a great hike and the crowds dont really bother you. concentrate on the surroundings a climb to remember

Posted Sep 19, 2002 9:35 am

mary chiappettaRoute Climbed: Ridge Trail Date Climbed: September 7, 2002  Sucess!
The views were amazing for someone used to western PA rolling hills. This was a great trail for a beginner - challenging, but possible.
Posted Sep 16, 2002 12:52 pm

Jerry LRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: May, 2001  Sucess!

Jerry L

Too many people.
Posted Jun 30, 2002 1:54 pm

Isaac5Route Climbed: Ridge Trail Date Climbed: June 2, 2002  Sucess!
A strenuous hike and memorable! Read my trip report for details. Can't wait to do it again.
Posted Jun 3, 2002 3:49 pm

Chipmunk5Route Climbed: Ridge Trail Date Climbed: May 17, 2002
A freak thunderstorm stopped us right below the summit and forced us to turnaround! Darn!



**Note** For the especially daring, recommend climbing the mountain in the late afternoon, watching the stars come out from the summit and then making your way back down the rock scramble with only headlamps. Scary and dangerous? You bet. Exciting and challenging? Absolutely!
Posted May 30, 2002 9:18 pm

autoblockRoute Climbed: Ridge Trail Date Climbed: April 7, 2002  Sucess!

autoblock

This is my favorite hike near the DC area. 2,500 vertical feet in 3-1/2 miles. Great for training for real mountains. Fun rock scrambling in the top third (but crowds at the bottlenecks can detract). If the weather's good, get an early start to avoid gigantic crowds.
Posted Apr 11, 2002 6:44 am

rpcRoute Climbed: standard(?) - did the summit via a loop hike Date Climbed: Thanksgiving of '99  Sucess!

rpc

At that time (before having moved out west) this was by far the coolest hike we've done!! Hand assists, minor rock scrambles - we were very impressed!!! Fog/drizzle all the way - good for lack of crowds, bad for lack of views.
Posted Mar 21, 2002 2:25 pm

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