Foggy, Cold, and No Ponies. But I will take it
Heavy fog the entire hike from Elk Gardens. No views but a pleasant walk in the woods. No ponies but funny almost walking into a cow in the fog near the trailhead.
Climbed with wife, Jill. Rained the whole way. Boggy through the forests towards the top, and slippery going through the moss-covered scree field about halfway down.
Lots of deer and horses. Beautiful section of the AT.
The climb was a little rockier and more strenuous than I expected, taking about three hours to the summit. It was cool at the top, presaging some rain on the descent. The trails are well-marked and well-tended, and you meet some interesting folks on the AT portion. This was state highpoint #30 for me.
It got dark. There were wild horses. We lost the trail, then we lost Jay.
This was my 4th SHP out of 16 that I have done so far. This has been my favorite hike. The environment at the HP is unlike anything else on the trail. There wasn't a cloud in the sky, but ice crystals fell from the trees at the HP. I can only describe it as surreal.
Brung my sis and g/f. Amazing hike from massie gap
Beautiful hike, my favorite of the entire southeastern high points. Wild Ponies everywhere.
The last of a 6 state HP weekend. Flew into Knoxville, then hit the HPs for TN, GA, SC, NC, KY and VA. This is my 45th state HP. I hiked up the Mount Rogers Trail from VA603, 13 miles RT. It's a beautiful hike!
Got rained off this HP back in June... (I will ~not~ hike in a T-storm... Rogers wasn't go'n anywhere..)
Was a good day when I was able to hike the AT over it in Sept!
Took the Appalachian trail approach from Elk Gardens up state road 600. 9 miles round trip. It was a complete whiteout and I got snowed on the majority of the way. But I had a great time. Was alone and didn't see a single other person the entire hike.
From Grayson Highlands State Park. Ponies and deer! Campground at park was very nice. Highpoint #13.
Met lots of ponies.
Very nice area, stayed at Grayson highlands camp ground was very impressed. Great views up until a quarter mile of the summit. Was able to get within 4 or 5 feet of the ponies.
It was a great family hike and the views from Thomas Knob are wonderful.
I ate my way up the lower slopes as the whole place was covered in Blackberries & Huckleberries, then saw the ponies, then all of the sudden at the top you feel like you're in the Pacific Northwest. A little rockier trail than I expected (you're almost scrambling a few times, almost) but just a really cool hill. HP # 22 also.
Beautiful high country around Mt Rogers. I was reminded of some of my western summits more so than those of the southern Appalachians. Stayed @ The Place in Damascus and hit the VA Creeper on mountain bike the next day. One of the best outdoor areas of the eastern US for sure!
Climbed this in the pouring rain, with only a brief respite for about a mile and a half to and from the summit. Good thing for raingear!
State HP #5!
We hiked from the overnight parking area near Massie Gap, admiring the flaming azaleas at lower elevations and tons of pink rhododendrons at higher elevations. The views along the trail were spectacular most of the way. We encountered the wild horses a few times. A few were somewhat aggressive, maybe because they had foals, either blocking the trail or herding us up the trail. What a beautiful place! HP26