Mount Rogers Climber's Log

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larvitar - Jun 8, 2016 10:21 am Date Climbed: May 4, 2016

Larvitour Stop #4  Sucess!

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!

jakegarber - May 9, 2016 8:48 pm Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2014

Great Guys Trip  Sucess!

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!


joseyinnet - Apr 22, 2016 10:44 pm Date Climbed: Apr 20, 2016

Sunrise with the ponies  Sucess!

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

KristenJayne - Feb 7, 2016 8:44 am Date Climbed: Feb 6, 2016

One of my favorite high points  Sucess!

#36 for me and #38 for my husband. Beautiful hike! What a great way to celebrate our birthdays. Route taken via Massie Gap

Corona - Jan 2, 2016 12:34 am Date Climbed: Nov 1, 2014

#10  Sucess!


triviasteve - May 9, 2015 9:45 pm Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2014

2nd attempt  Sucess!

Went here once before, but got here a little late to attempt the hike, knowing that it would be very dark before I would make it out, so decided to try again later.

Later was in August of 2014… A fantastic hike on a very hot day… lots of ponies to be seen, including one that was only 6 hours old. Had to dodge some surly longhorn cattle, too. But made it to the summit (unremarkable) and then enjoyed a pretty quick hike back out. #19…


JRaphaelson - Mar 8, 2015 11:36 pm Date Climbed: Mar 6, 2015

Via AT  Sucess!

Fun little hike but nothing like the White Mountains I'm used to!


siekkid - Jan 5, 2015 4:58 pm Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2010

High-pointing!  Sucess!

Beautiful hike!

Adam Doc Fox

Adam Doc Fox - Jan 1, 2015 3:48 pm Date Climbed: Dec 28, 2014

Southern Six Pack Winter  Sucess!

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.

Katelyn - Aug 23, 2014 7:00 am Date Climbed: Mar 11, 2014

Nice features

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.

Andrew Rankine

Andrew Rankine - Apr 14, 2014 4:07 pm Date Climbed: Apr 14, 2014

Best state highpoint in the East so far  Sucess!

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.


IdahoScott - Apr 7, 2014 5:43 pm Date Climbed: Apr 26, 1997

Highpoint #4  Sucess!

On a hungover Saturday morning outing from Virginia Tech with my college girlfriend... good times.

wbenmeek - Mar 7, 2014 11:08 am Date Climbed: Oct 5, 2013

Great Area  Sucess!

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.


wanderweg83 - Feb 1, 2014 9:35 am

Mount Rogers  Sucess!

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.


Woodswalker - Nov 29, 2013 5:03 pm Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2006

Mount Rogers  Sucess!

Enjoyed this hike. Saw a lot of the famous wild ponies.

jamesglaze - Oct 16, 2013 9:54 pm Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2013

HP No. 15  Sucess!

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.

pattyd82ab - Aug 6, 2013 9:56 am Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2013

HP #5  Sucess!

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.


BadgerSummitSeeker - Jul 27, 2013 11:16 pm Date Climbed: May 31, 2010

State High Point # 21  Sucess!

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!


Ambret - Jul 23, 2013 10:12 pm Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2013

Into the Mist -- Then Rain II  Sucess!

Just like Ruvicha wrote.


Ruvicha - Jul 23, 2013 6:46 pm Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2013

Into the Mist -- Then Rain  Sucess!

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.

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