Nice day trip from DC with 4 friends. Started to rain as we passed Old Rag shelter on the way down; turned into absolute downpour before long. Totally soaked on the way home. Great trip
I see why it's such a popular trail, attracting many avid hikers.
Misty weather. Started at 9am, back to the parking lot at noon. The rock scrambling is great fun. Will be back in wintertime.
Enjoyable but overhyped. Then again, I'm a New Englander..
Did the loop with a trip through the Sunset Wall cave. Really enjoyed the ridge scramble.
Best hike near DC. I miss the big hills out west pretty bad, but this is a nice consolation prize. Can get crowded in spring, but during mild winters it can be snow free and people free.
Hiked and climbed in the area numerous times over the years!
Full moon hike was planned but the overcast sky still provided enough ambient light for a night accent. There was some ice and snow to deal with, but nothing that required crampons or microspikes. Camped at Barry Hollow for the night after doing the loop.
Old Rag is a different kind of beast when it has a decent snow/ice pack. I'd estimate there was everything from barely an inch up to a good foot, complete with snow bridges between some boulders. The upper 500' of the mountain had a good half inch of ice in the trees, must have been a heck of an ice storm up there.
Nearly everybody I saw had no form of snow/ice protection at all. As a result, I only saw a few people after the first major obstacle, the "Entrance Crack" on the first outcrop. It was nice to have the summit area to myself. I wore my microspikes hiking up the Ridge Trail, but switched-out to crampons and walking axe for the scramble.
It was a real treat to have the upper half of the mountain almost to myself with alpine conditions.
I was blown away - I had previously thought that the reputation of Old Rag was a bit overblown. A little scrambling at the top? Sure. Now I have seen the LIGHT, and it is GOOD. Is there a more fun mountain in America?
Lots of fun.
A bucket list hike if you live east of the Mississippi
One of the most rewarding hikes I've ever done...absolutely worth all of the praise it receives! What an amazing mountain...
I do love this mountain, despite what the crowds have done to her. I reccomend picking a weekday in the winter, and start early. It's a great mountain to introduce aspiring mountaineers and climbers to the virus.
Must have been about the 40th time i have climbed this mountain. No exaggeration.
Drove up From Virginia beach On the Friday night, camped our in a friends farm for the night. Then we made a pre-dawn ascent. The fall colours were stunning.
Did the famous 9 mile loop. Probably the best hike in Virginia and a great workout. The mountain is crowded in the weekend and the parking lot might be full by early morning so be prepared to park half a mile farther. The views are great and what is unique about this mountain and given its height you are always above the cloud with great views. Be prepared for some traffic jams near when negotiating the tough rock spots. Be careful since it's common to get injured on these rocks but enjoy this great exhilarating hike.
Really enjoyed this one. Scrambling was great fun. Glad we got an early start (7am) when we got back to the parking lot if was nearly 100% full.
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.