Mount Rogers Climber's Log

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Outdooraholic

Outdooraholic - Aug 13, 2012 9:27 pm Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2012

#22  Sucess!

My 22nd state highpoint! We hiked it from The Scales.

islandborn11

islandborn11 - Aug 12, 2012 2:26 pm Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2012

Foggy, misty, morning  Sucess!

Set out from Massie Gap and spent about three and a half hours there and back. Great hike, despite wet, windy conditions. Rocky, with some basic scrambling in parts. Challenging enough to make it satisfying but not really difficult. Saw two groups of wild ponies grazing; was surprised at how tame they were.

Ibswoha

Ibswoha - Jul 29, 2012 8:18 pm Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2012

HP #3  Sucess!

Took a slight detour on a 50-mile backpacking trip from Dickie's Gap to Damascus in order to summit this mountain. Beautiful area surrounding it. Nice hike to the top. Watch out for the ponies when hiking alone. They'll gang up on you, steal your oatmeal, and shank you before you can do anything about it, but, if you give them a quick tickle and a handful of berries they'll let you ride them to the top of Mt. Rogers and points beyond. Just don't stare them in the eye.

mattdalman

mattdalman - May 30, 2012 10:16 pm Date Climbed: May 26, 2012

HP #27  Sucess!

Hiked from Massie Gap. So far, this is one of our favorites(top 5). Got to hang out with some friendly wild ponies for a while!

FactorJN

FactorJN - May 18, 2012 1:17 am Date Climbed: May 9, 2012

Another HP  Sucess!

Great hike, lots of Appalachian thru hikers.

Ledintheblood

Ledintheblood - Feb 9, 2012 11:08 pm Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2011

For Rohan. For your people.  Sucess!

One of the best if not the best hikes in va. Went up with a buddy of mine, we hit the trail and made decent time. Through highland views and amazing vistas. It felt like Rohan, ponies and all. The ponies were farily tamed and friendly. The summit resembled a rainforest and its always good to be at the highest point in your state. Do it, cause you'll end up doing it again.

TrailtrekerNJ

TrailtrekerNJ - Jan 22, 2012 2:14 pm Date Climbed: Jan 19, 2012

Scottish Highlands  Sucess!

Felt like I was a Highlander passing through the open meadows and bald ridgetops.
Started at the Massie Gap parking area with a base temp of 28 F and sunny.
Portions of the single track trail through the rocks was frozen, with the hole area frozen along the Mount Rogers Spur Trail.
Highlight of the trek was seeing the wild horses throughout the lower portion.

Robyn

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

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

#5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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