Mount Rogers Climber's Log

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MW

MW - Jul 6, 2021 11:59 am Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2021

Highpoint #13  Sucess!

First highpoint of 2021 and in almost two years. Beautiful and varied scenery, with dense pine forests and open scenic highlands with wild ponies. Absolutely poured for much of it with thunder and lightning but absolutely one of the best highpoints in the East and my second favorite so far after Katahdin.

jabfoster - Jun 27, 2021 7:06 pm Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2021

Mt Rogers  Sucess!

A beautiful June day to do this hike starting in Grayson Highlands State Park. Saw ponies and long horns. Loved the variation of terrain. No view at the summit but nice views along the way and a fun trail in general.

PaHiker

PaHiker - Apr 15, 2021 4:35 am Date Climbed: Apr 13, 2021

HP #12 - Hike was great, summit could use some work  Sucess!

The hike was great, cool temps and the trip up was nicely private. The summit could use some work, the trail blazes end a couple hundred feet before the summit. There is no indication as to where the summit is once you get there, and the marker is on the back side of the boulder. Lots of downed trees makes it hard to realize you were actually at the top.

Once you come to the boulders look to the right, there is a higher boulder, the marker is on the back side not quite at the top of the boulder.

Stu Brandel

Stu Brandel - Mar 29, 2021 5:24 pm Date Climbed: Mar 22, 2021

Beautiful Day in Mt. Rogers Neighborhood  Sucess!

Loved everything about this hike - the vast meadows, the rocks, the views, and the wild horses. It was like the West came East.

Socorro

Socorro - Feb 8, 2021 4:32 pm Date Climbed: Feb 8, 2021

More challenging than expected  Sucess!

Ok, I expected snow. And long distance. And cold. Somehow that didn't add so I felt caught off guard with exactly how deep the snow was, and how far of a hike it was. It took my dog and me 3 hours to get to the top, breaking trail for most of it. Sometime snow dunes as deep as my waist covered the trail. But, it was sunny and very pleasant. Enjoyed the views and the adventure, but now we are pretty pooped.

bdreese2

bdreese2 - Jan 31, 2021 5:24 pm Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2014

Rogers  Sucess!

https://peakbagger.com/climber/ascent.aspx?aid=431269

WIHighPointer - Jan 14, 2021 8:02 pm Date Climbed: Nov 18, 2020

HP #14, Mount Rogers, VA  Sucess!

Hike was interesting, the Shetland Ponies assigned to clearing an invasive species also leave their mark, everywhere.

The USGS marker is difficult to find. The trail comes to an end in a heavily wooded area. Any possible trails leading away end quickly.
Once you climb up the short ascent to where the trail ends, there is no bench, no mailbox, no markings, no indication you are at the end other than the trail dead ends. I told other hikers that when they reach that point, retrace your steps to the end of the obvious trail, walk forward about ten feet, look 90 degrees to to your left, and you will see a large flat rock rock about the size of a 1970s large car yet only as tall as a Ferrari. Climb on top of the that, center yourself in the middle, and then look at your feet. There you will find the USGS Marker.

Geo412

Geo412 - Nov 13, 2020 10:22 am Date Climbed: Oct 17, 2020

Great hike with friends  Sucess!

Great hike. Peaked with Leah (my awesome wife), Dave, Kat and Skylar. Beautiful day. The horses (and bulls) were really cool. Loved every minute of it. Peak was in the middle of the woods but it was still the peak!!!

whatdoIknow

whatdoIknow - Oct 10, 2020 2:37 pm Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2020

liked it  Sucess!

excellent hike, surprisingly chilly for June

pcrean - Apr 30, 2020 11:28 am Date Climbed: May 8, 2015

Mount Rogers  Sucess!

Estimated date

travelingronman - Mar 15, 2020 10:39 am

HP#5  Sucess!

great hike, wish the weather was better. the ponies are cute

Walkoutnow

Walkoutnow - Jan 19, 2020 11:06 am Date Climbed: Jan 18, 2020

HP #37  Sucess!

This was an enjoyable hike.. I took the trail from Massie gap. I used Gaia and had it at 8.21 miles RT. 1,210 ft ascent. It took me 1:30 up and 1:20 down. Spent 10 minutes at summit.
So, what I like about the trail is the terrain mixes up quite a bit. Lots of rocky outcroppings and crossings, some enclosed spots surrounded by rhododendrons and whatnots, etc. Semi-wild ponies are also in the area. I saw 4-5, and walked right past them, as they are used to people. If you are there on a clear day, you will have certain spots where you get panoramic views. And, if you go in winter as I did, you get the whole area mostly to yourself. I really enjoyed the day, even though the wind and sleet/rain hit me on the way down.

tsbocook - Jan 6, 2020 9:29 am Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2017

HP #1  Sucess!

Great hike, great ponies

Wallylongridge

Wallylongridge - Oct 20, 2019 6:25 am Date Climbed: Oct 6, 2019

Highpoint #30  Sucess!

I liked this hike, about 8 miles RT and seeing the ponies was a bonus.

vanman798

vanman798 - Oct 9, 2019 3:25 pm Date Climbed: Oct 6, 2019

via AT  Sucess!

HP# 29. Slept in the car at the Elk Meadow parking area of the AT. Took 1 hour 50 minutes to summit the next morning via the AT. Returned on the horse trail, took an hour and a half. With time on the summit, no views, whole gig was 3 hours 55 mins.

CTberk - Jul 4, 2019 5:49 pm Date Climbed: Apr 20, 2019

Easter Weekend  Sucess!

Arrive Grayson Highlands State Park with some snow flurries. Layered up since the temperature was 33 degrees. Hike to Mt Rogers is along a mild section of the Appalachian trail . On way up met with alot of water on the trail. started snowing mid way up and met with ice on the trail on the way down The wild horses were all along the trail and fun to watch Long hike due to weather - well worth it.

HikerHel - Jun 23, 2019 4:23 pm Date Climbed: May 5, 2019

Highpoint #13  Sucess!

Happy Cinco de Mayo! First of five in a highpoint and whiskey trail driving vacation. Slogged through the hike in rain and mud, but embraced the suck and happily checked off another highpoint.

radbb

radbb - May 18, 2019 12:27 pm Date Climbed: May 15, 2019

Beautiful day in Grayson  Sucess!

Saw plenty of ponies, including a mother and new foal. Glad some kids had beat me to the high point, never would have seen the marker.

KellyGoat

KellyGoat - Jan 16, 2019 8:43 pm Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2018

Ponies Ponies Everywhere!!  Sucess!

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.

mzelasko - Jan 14, 2019 8:15 am

Hike with wife to see ponies  Sucess!

Good day hike on long weekend.

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