Fun little hike but nothing like the White Mountains I'm used to!
Summit #5 of 6 (TN, GA, SC, NC, VA & KY) that we ended up completing with a total time of:
36 hours, 52 minutes and 30 seconds.
Hiked this in early March, from Massie Gap. High wind speed had the initial first hour or so a bit rough, but overall amazing weather. There were still snow and a lot of ice in shaded areas along the trail. Getting to see the wild ponies is a beautiful sight, and they are friendly, but do not feed them! The best part of this nicely featured trail was the spruce fir forest at the summit, a nice treat for the area. No views at the summit, overall a great easy hike.
This is the sixth state highpoint in the East, after doing NC, TN, SC, GA and KY in the last four days. This one is by far the best of those. It has great views and interesting outcroppings to keep things interesting. The weather was also better than on the previous ascent of this trip, cloudy and cool.
Started from Grayson State Park, hiked the Rhododendron Trail up to the AT and hiked from there. 550 m elevation gain and 15.3 km. 4 hours 30 minutes car to car at easy pace with a few breaks.
On a hungover Saturday morning outing from Virginia Tech with my college girlfriend... good times.
Loved the hike from Massie Gap, but no view from the top, but plenty along the way. Wish we had time to spend here, beautiful country and lots of backcountry camping spots.
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