Great rock scrambles, trails on incline, and vert climbs. A few choke points on the path will cause delays on weekends (time most popular for hiking). Inexperienced or moderate hikers should definitely go with people who have climbed before. Take plenty of water during Spring and Summer months. Also, due to the difficulty level, this is really not a trail for children unless you are ok with not completing full loop.
Old Rag is actually a spur off the eastern side of the Blue Ridge. I've climbed it a bunch of times and never get tired of it -- the scramble to the top is great fun and the openness of the summit means you actually get to see something besides endless oak trees. It's the best hike in Shenandoah National Park.
Went with a friend who had traversed Old Rag many times. One of the best hikes if not the best hike in Virginia aside from Mountain Rogers/ Peaks Of Otter. Very crowded but the views were breathtaking and well recieved. Get there early and knock it out. I will be back yearily if only just to climb it.
Old Rag is fully deserving of its popularity. It has to be one of the best mountains east of the Mississippi River. I went up the Ridge Trail on a mostly clear day that turned out to be warmer than expected. I met some interesting people, but it wasn't terribly crowded like it can get in some days, and I enjoyed the spectacular views from the top.
Hiked the Ridge Trail on a sunny January weekday. I was worried about crowds but only ran into 2 other hikers. Despite the warm temperatures (upper 40's to low 50's) I ran into light ice on the rock scramble. The rock scramble was awesome though! Descended on the Ridge Trail rather than completing circuit on fire road. My favorite day hike so far in Va.
Interesting trail, lots of fun! one easy third class move on the ridge at best.
Fun hike/climb. We did this as part of a four day backpacking trip and hit the trail early from camp to beat the crowds. Incredible weather for late November. We had a blast.
Went up today, the Saturday after Veteran's Day; a long weekend with 60 degree weather. Sounds like a recipe for a circus, but it wasn't too bad since we went up the night before and camped out at the base. Left for the peak around 6 am, saw a handful of people along the way but had the summit to ourselves for about 30 minutes. Great weather; all the snow melted off with the exceptions of a few pockets deep in cracks where the sun can't reach.
I have climbed it at least ten times.
This was one of the first mountains I ever climbed, if not the first. I was 11 years old, and since then I have probably been up it at least 30 times, during all seasons of the year. Once when I was 14 my friends and I did a winter ascent, off trail, with homemade ice axes! In a lot of ways I grew up on this mountain.
Solo climb that started it all.
Been up there many times and in all seasons. Winter is the best because it's less crowded, the air is cleaner, and snow and ice can throw interesting twists into the route.
This was my first mountain that required anything more than plain hiking to get to the top. That was in May 1994, I think. It opened my eyes to a bigger and better mountain world.
Great hike with some great friends.
Finally got to experience 1st hand the ragged one. Definitely worthy of it's title and many repeats to come. There is no shortage of friendly faces that's for sure!
Great dayhike with some remaining fall colors. The summit was packed with a corporate team building party having quite a good time with sandwiches and wine.
Did this with my dad. It was a fun hike.
A welcome relief to get away from the noise and traffic of DC! To date, this is my favorite peak in the South.
It's just too hot down south ....
Wife and I were on vacation from Arizona and staying at Massanutten Resort...we did several waterfall hikes in the Shenandoah NP. Saw this hike online as favored in the area and decided to do it and I'm glad we did. Very nice hike, the class III stuff was a blast...we did the entire loop. Hindsite, I think it would have been better to do Ridge trail to Byrd's Nest then back again...as the fire road back was a bit wide for my liking. Overall a great day, saw a HUGE garter snake.
I climbed this mt. many times when I was a teen and had moved on to bigger and higher mountains. I decided to revisit Old Rag a few years ago and was reminded of how great some of the climbs are here in the East. I took a few well behaved teens the past two times and enjoyed seeing them soak it up. I only have two issues with this hike. Even if you go at a non busy time you still have to park at the second parking lot now that the upper lot is closed to the public. The second is the new trend for people to hike up the fire road and down the ridge tends to traffic jam things even more in the tight sections since your waiting for people to go up and come down. It is just easier if everyone is going in the same direction. I understand why though and that wont keep me from going back again and again myself in the upcoming years.