Mount Rogers Climber's Log

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Robyn - Oct 16, 2011 12:55 pm Date Climbed: Oct 15, 2011

HP #2  Sucess!

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!


jds3038 - Sep 25, 2011 1:05 pm Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2011


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!


Jow - Sep 21, 2011 11:11 am Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2011

HP #15  Sucess!

Foggy, Cold, and No Ponies. But I will take it

Bark Eater

Bark Eater - Sep 19, 2011 2:35 pm Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2011

cloud forest  Sucess!

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.


MarkWillmann - Sep 3, 2011 6:33 am Date Climbed: Sep 12, 2010

Wet climb  Sucess!

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.


vbeckman74 - Aug 21, 2011 6:49 pm Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2000

Wild Horses  Sucess!

Lots of deer and horses. Beautiful section of the AT.


milanite - Aug 17, 2011 5:40 pm Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2011

From Grayson Highlands S.P.  Sucess!

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.


xpda - Aug 10, 2011 3:42 pm Date Climbed: Apr 9, 1994

Virginia  Sucess!

It got dark. There were wild horses. We lost the trail, then we lost Jay.


markowens - Aug 8, 2011 8:52 am Date Climbed: Nov 19, 2010

Fun Hike!  Sucess!

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.


xDoogiex - Aug 4, 2011 7:11 am Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2011

#22  Sucess!

Brung my sis and g/f. Amazing hike from massie gap

redmond - Jun 23, 2011 2:39 pm Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2011

Wild Ponies  Sucess!

Beautiful hike, my favorite of the entire southeastern high points. Wild Ponies everywhere.


Alpinist - May 15, 2011 5:23 pm Date Climbed: May 15, 2011

Mount Rogers Trail  Sucess!

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!


NJTripper - Dec 5, 2010 5:55 pm Date Climbed: Sep 12, 2010

2nd time is a charm...  Sucess!

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!


kteichert - Nov 5, 2010 10:28 am Date Climbed: Nov 4, 2010

HP #20  Sucess!

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.


Bluebell08 - Nov 1, 2010 8:23 pm Date Climbed: Oct 10, 2010

Beautiful day  Sucess!

From Grayson Highlands State Park. Ponies and deer! Campground at park was very nice. Highpoint #13.


Spindle - Sep 22, 2010 10:00 pm Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2010

Lovely area  Sucess!

Met lots of ponies.


BConley - Sep 11, 2010 7:08 pm Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2010

HP #8  Sucess!

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.


jasano2 - Aug 10, 2010 8:18 am Date Climbed: Oct 4, 2009

Va # 1  Sucess!

It was a great family hike and the views from Thomas Knob are wonderful.


jeffh25 - Jul 29, 2010 9:31 pm Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2010

Neat place  Sucess!

I ate my way up the lower slopes as the whole place was covered in Blackberries & Huckleberries, then saw the ponies, then all of the sudden at the top you feel like you're in the Pacific Northwest. A little rockier trail than I expected (you're almost scrambling a few times, almost) but just a really cool hill. HP # 22 also.


montanachris - Jun 29, 2010 8:28 am Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2010

Love the area  Sucess!

Beautiful high country around Mt Rogers. I was reminded of some of my western summits more so than those of the southern Appalachians. Stayed @ The Place in Damascus and hit the VA Creeper on mountain bike the next day. One of the best outdoor areas of the eastern US for sure!

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