I camped in the Grayson Highlands and summited Mt. Rogers through two rainstorms along the Appalachian Trail. Even met Favio, the stallion of the heard, appropriately named for his unique loooooooong blond mane and tail. In total it was 13.1 miles round trip and 1,917' elevation gain.
Good day hike on long weekend.
Very low cloud ceiling on this day. No views along the hike, but the ponies were entertaining!
Great relaxing hike, and the ponies were really neat to see. Summit completely covered in forest, but it's still pretty cool. I really enjoyed this highpoint.
Started at Grayson Highlands state park, great views on the trail but no view from the summit.
Great scenic hike! Nice family trek. Had the 1 year old backpacked and 3 year old walked most of the way with no issues, with creativity even Wilburn Ridge is no issues. Beautiful views along the way, see all different types of scenery.
Nice to hike along the Appalachian Trail for this one...the Grayson Highland ponies were fun to see
The hike to Mt Rogers is a favorite of mine. I love the Appalachian Trail. Was 8.5 miles round trip
No views - no visibility. I don't remember the trail being so rocky and forested (except for spur trail) when we did it back in 1999
Mild & enjoyable hike, and lots of wild ponies on the trail to the Summit. A nice family hike and not too taxing for weekend warriors, still worth it indeed.
Totally socked-in day with rain off and on. Trail distances seemed off. First 2.5 miles were about 40 minutes total, but the last 2 miles took about 90 minutes. I think the final 2miles were closer to 3.5 miles but I didn't have a pedometer to back up my claim. Felt much longer than advertised and felt like the trail wrapped entirely around the mountain. Probably had something to do with weather conditions. Lowest part of the trail was definitely the most scenic.
Started off raining, low cloud cover and fog. Beautiful ponies and three deer jumping through sunlight. Green, green, green on the summit.
Very nice hike from the Massie Gap trailhead. 3 hours car to car at a leisure place.
Got a late start, bout noon. It stayed fairly warm the whole time, even when the afternoon showers rolled in. After that, fog enveloped the whole range, with visibility of only a few feet, but it came and went over the rest of the trip. Several stops to catch our breath later, we made it to the top. Not the best view, but the feeling of accomplishment is still there and the surrounding forest feels very unique. A lot of fog rolled in on the way down and we were losing sunlight fast, so we didn't have a lot of time to enjoy the trek back in.
Beautiful hike - being from Utah I was surprised at how lush and mossy the Mt. Rogers Spur trail was. Saw lots of ponies on the way down. Probably one of my SE favorite highpoints. Families galore enjoying the great weather and beautiful views but it looked like some significant thunderstorms were going to hit later in the day so was glad to make it up and down quickly.
I'd done the Grayson Highlands approach before, so this time I came over on the AT from Elk Garden. It wasn't quite as scenic--this route spent a lot more time in the woods--but still a nice hike, with enough open sections to give you that Fellowship-of-the-Rings-crossing-Rohan feeling. I even saw a few ponies on the descent. Spent the night at a campsite behind the trailhead parking lot... and discovered that early May is still winter at 4450'. Brr!
What a great trip...Had bike company drop us off and hiked to top of Mount Rogers enjoying the ponies and rhododendron along the way, refilled water at a spring at the top, after summit we setup camp. Next day we hiked out from a different area, met the bike company to pick us up with bikes. They took our gear down to town and we biked the old rail path all the way down the mountain. Picked up our stuff, took to the hostel, then went to a local brewery to celebrate!
This was one of my favorite hikes! Between the almost two dozen ponies scattered along the trail, the wide open vistas over the mountains, and the isolation besides countless meadowlarks and towhees, this was pretty much everything I could have asked for. State HP #35
#36 for me and #38 for my husband. Beautiful hike! What a great way to celebrate our birthdays. Route taken via Massie Gap