Beautiful hike in May! Saw very few people but a LOT of friendly ponies.
Fun hike to a no view summit. The wild ponies and the open alpine like fields are the attraction here.
Excellent Hike.Done as solo overnight.Massie Gap to AT headed south towards Deep Gap.Ponies hanging around in the shade in Grayson,real friendly.Probably looking for handouts. Camped in awesome open meadow halfway between Mt Rogers spur trail and Deep Gap. Next day backtracked to spur and up to Mt Rogers. Summit was somewhat disappointing. Knew there was no view,but it was also kinda claustaphobic. This of course was made up for previously by the great views on the Wilburn ridge. After leaving the summit backtracked to the intersection of Pine mountain trail and followed that down to Scales and back on the AT and took that south back to Massie Gap Parking area.
The summit isn't anything to brag about other than saying you have been there, done that, bagged it. It's tree'd in and has absolutely NO view what so ever. But just the same, it's a summit to record. The rest of the area is beautiful. ie...Rocks that you can boulder on, Ponies that you can watch and relax in the grass with, open air walks and hikes thru forest and covered trails. I am up in this area every year and can almost walk it with my eyes closed. I Have hiked nearly all the trails and still to this day enjoy all of them. The winter time is my favorite as you can see from the pictures I have posted. There are less people, animals and critters except for the ponies which again, I love seeing with frost or ice on the manes. It is an excellent place to bring first time people to, when trying to introduce them to the outside. Within 2 miles of the parking lot, you will climb, see ponies, walk on a ridge that overlooks the whole area, feel like your on top of the world (at Wilburn Ridge), and all the while, keeping it simple and fairly easy. I go here alot because I am close, but also because I just plain love the area! ;) ~t
This is very nice hiking in a beautiful area. Well worth the time and effort.
This is our 6th summit on the AT. Dy and I think it was the most beautiful, though there is no view from the summit. Perhaps it's because you can't drive to it, like many on the AT summits.
A nice easy hike although the day I did it was cool and windy with fog. It opened up a little bit and so I did see some views. I also saw cattle, wild ponies, and a deer.
Enjoyed this easy hike, mainly because I was able to do it with my father, who does not hike regularly and had never done any backcountry camping before. I would definately recommend this trip to any beginners out there who want to get taste of the Virginia highcountry, and a bit of the Appalachian trail to boot.
The views are beautiful and the high, rocky meadows reminded me of Scotland a bit... Wild ponies everywhere and very tame. Not crowded at all and awesome camping.
State highpoint #11.
The ponies at Rhododendron Pass were a nice surprise.
Bagged this one along my 1995 AT thru-hike. I don't remember anything about it...just that I visited the summit!