Summited on a sticky summer day. But, ran into several of the ponies on the way up. Also saw two copperheads on the way back.
Enjoyed this hike. Saw a lot of the famous wild ponies.
Climbed while traveling to National Boy Scout Jamboree. Underestimated this mountain plus forgot my hiking poles. More rock than I anticipated. Lots of mud and water. A Rogers veteran had never seen it this wet. Saw the wild horses and longhorn herd. Nice views except at the summit.
I climbed this one with my girl friend who loved the ponies. It was a great hike with a good mix of wooded area, field, and rock. There were a lot of people on the trail leading from Grayson Highlands SP. There didn't seem to be many people coming from any other point. A lot to look at. Definitely my favorite thus far behind Mt Washington.
This is one of my favorite State High points. It was my first hike along the AT. Had great weather and the Rhododendrons were in bloom. Great hike!
Just like Ruvicha wrote.
If you could catch Mt. Rogers on a sunny day when the rhododendrons are in bloom, the hike would be glorious. That's a huge if. The majority of our morning hike was through swirling mist; a few minutes after leaving the summit, the downpour began, drenching Ambret and me. Still, unlike many hikes in the region, 3-1/2 miles of the Massie Gap-Mt. Rogers trail are open hillsides and meadows; only the last half mile to the summit involves dense forest. Is Mt. Rogers worthwhile? Yes. Some light scrambling along the trail makes it fun, the open terrain is a welcome change, and the small herds of wild ponies are a delight. But bring a rain jacket.
Rainy and foggy. Summit wasn't much to look at, but later down the ridge was rewarded with great views and some wild ponies!
We were trying to beat the remnants of a big storm that ran through so we didn't have as much time as I would have liked. Made it though, at a good clip, and really only had to deal with some drizzling till we got back to the car. This rounded out our first trip.
The clouds were low so at the trail-head it was fogging but within the first mile you were above the cloud. It made for amazing view. To top it off, the entire mountain was cover in Ice shinning in the sun. Trees, bushes, grass, rocks, everything cover in ice. Trekking poles and micro spikes made it very nice to ascent and worry free. HP #7
After so many nice weather days, we hit fog and rain on this one. We still ran up the peak bc we were short on time, but did manage to see some wild horses along the open meadows. At first we didn't know what was lurking in the distance in the fog, but then hung out with them for a few minutes and took pics. No views on top of Rogers either, as the highpoint is in the woods. We also ran into a bunch of AT thru hikers. State HP #8!
Camped overnight. Absolutely gorgeous views in the meadows and the horses on the rolling grasslands is such a treat. What a special place! HP #11
Ninety minute hike from the Massie Gap parking lot to the summit. It took me a couple of minutes to realize I was AT the summit once I got there. No views on top but walking through the meadows on the way up made this one of the best mountains I have ever hiked. Eighty minute descent.
Nice hike, very pretty day. A little less haze would have made the vistas perfect. Not really very crowded for a Sunday afternoon with temps in the 70s. The summit is definitely unimpressive but it smells like Christmas!
Climbed up the Massie Gap trail from Grayson Highlands State Park. The hike was beautiful and we enjoyed the various settings: rocks, forest, and grassland. My wife about died when she saw the wild ponies(she's been riding since she was 7). The trail was easy to follow all the way and a lot of fun. Our definite favorite HP so far.
Second on a bid through the "Southern Six-Pack." Hiked this the same day after coming down from Black Mountain, KY (which took no energy).
Massie Gap (from Grayson Highlands) to Wilburn Ridge to the summit. I took Rhododendron on the way down, which is a bit easier.
Boy is this a popular route! Negotiating the masses of relatively inexperienced backpackers may have been annoying, except it was a Saturday, so this is what you get. Also lots of people with small dogs, but at least that traffic thinned out after the first mile.
The summit may not offer much in terms of views, but the hike itself sure does.
I saw some wild ponies in the saddle (appropriately enough) between Mt. Rogers & Rhododendron Gap on my return. Adorable.
Finished in just under 3.5 hours.
My 22nd state highpoint! We hiked it from The Scales.
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.
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.