Very different than your standard Appalachian Hiking. the openess of the meadows with the rock outcroppings is remeniscent of points further west. Its also one of the few Southern Highpoints you actually have to hike to get to, so it has a rare wilderness feel.
Wow! What a spectacular hike. Yeah there's no views on summit, but the whole hike there is great views! Even saw the wild ponies at the very end of the day. If you haven't been to Mt. Rogers, go there. Now!
My 8th state highpoint. Very scenic hike up and peaceful secluded summit. No view from the summit, but great views on the hike more than make up for it.
Up 2 weeks ago with my 8 yo son his 2nd state HP. A great winter hike from any TH. Can be very windy in open
(experienced -40 WC in winter), deep snow in woods (2+ feet) on AT, take snowshoes. Easy bushwhack off back side to Deep Gap
Many visits since then. Wilburn Ridge is my favorite area to camp. Fun scrambling on the pinnacles there, and a more alpine feel than most of the Southeast.
Lots of variety in terms of landscape. Grass, rocks, trees, boulders. Loved the wild ponies!! Got caught in the rain on the descent only 1/2 mile from the parking lot.
This hike is different than many on the east coast because it offers so much variety. In one of the many open meadows on the way to the "treed" summit were we encounter the famed wild ponies that roam these hills. They were extremly docile and there must have been at least 40 of them. The views on the way to the summit were nice but obstructed at the top.
Very Enjoyable Hike. 3rd state high point.
Great weekend, beautiful area.
This is one of my favorite areas in the Eastern U.S. Wandering in the high, open meadows is a true delight. I've hiked in every season and seen every type of weather including a freaky winter thunder/lightning/snow storm in February 1992.
Easy 2.5-hour hike round trip.
Nice icy hike!
My wife's 1st backpacking trip and my 1st hightpoint of a state. We were unaware that this highpoint was here until we past the sign for it. We were backpacking the AT with 4 teens from my youth group. That night right below the summit on the bald knob that is most pictured as Mt. Rogers a major storm rolled in. We were holed up in tents all night while lightning flashed all around us. The lightning was so frequent that from inside the tent it seemed like a fire was flickering right outside the tent. The Lord protected us and no one was injured. The morning unveiled a canopy of fog, sunlight and nature. It was beautiful. God is so good.
Started out at the trail head when it was 18 degrees. Made it to the summit in 2 hours. It was a great hike (not much of a summit view).
This is my favorite area in the East, I've walked just about every trail and a lot off trail in this area. Keep going back though because it's just so incredible.
art of a 50 mile loop around Mt. Rogers. Two buddies and myself. Great trip that turned bad, then epic.
We barely beat the rain, but it was a really great hike. There isn't a view at the summit, as its enclosed by forest, but it's still a super way to spend a Sunday. The folks in Damascus are the salt of the Earth!
Part of a weekend backpacking trip with some co-workers.
A pleasant, easy hike although rather muddy.