Old Rag Mountain Climber's Log

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Kevintheclimber - Dec 31, 2013 5:34 pm Date Climbed: Apr 13, 2013

Legendary   Sucess!

Climbed it twice. Probably will do three more times. Easily one of the best hike/climb in the eastern coast. Just a pleasure to do it. Class three? more of class 2 plus though.


Woodswalker - Nov 9, 2013 1:16 pm

Old Rag Mountain  Sucess!

1979. Hiked it with my brother.


mlandau3 - Jul 23, 2013 10:13 am Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2013

Class 3?  Sucess!

It was interesting, but I thought there should be more exposure with a class 3 route (e.g. the slide on North Tripyramid or Huntington Ravine). I was worn out by the end - falte like an old rag.
We did see a bear cub and some deer on the descent via Saddle Trail.

dielotr - Jul 23, 2013 9:56 am Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2013

Sunday day hike  Sucess!

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


HikingBoots - Jul 11, 2013 3:39 pm Date Climbed: Oct 20, 2012

Fun Hike  Sucess!

I see why it's such a popular trail, attracting many avid hikers.


geeman - Jun 23, 2013 4:30 pm Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2013

Old Rag Express  Sucess!

Misty weather. Started at 9am, back to the parking lot at noon. The rock scrambling is great fun. Will be back in wintertime.


JRaphaelson - May 24, 2013 8:47 pm Date Climbed: May 23, 2013

Route: Ridge-Saddle Loop  Sucess!

Enjoyable but overhyped. Then again, I'm a New Englander..

Pete Castricone

Pete Castricone - May 3, 2013 6:18 pm Date Climbed: May 3, 2013

Fun scramble  Sucess!

Did the loop with a trip through the Sunset Wall cave. Really enjoyed the ridge scramble.

cwharringtonlaw - Mar 15, 2013 10:25 am Date Climbed: Jan 18, 2012

Best Near DC  Sucess!

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.


WyomingSummits - Feb 16, 2013 9:30 am

Fun area  Sucess!

Hiked and climbed in the area numerous times over the years!


AirborneBuff - Jan 1, 2013 10:30 am Date Climbed: Dec 29, 2012

Night Winter Accent  Sucess!

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.


Hagen - Dec 30, 2012 9:46 pm Date Climbed: Dec 30, 2012

Alpining in the Southeast  Sucess!

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.

Stu Brandel

Stu Brandel - Nov 6, 2012 5:05 pm Date Climbed: Nov 6, 2012

Blown Away  Sucess!

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?


tbaranski - Sep 6, 2012 4:08 pm Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2012

Gotta love it  Sucess!

Lots of fun.


mlt205 - Aug 26, 2012 5:32 pm Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2012

Never A Dissapointment  Sucess!

A bucket list hike if you live east of the Mississippi


mtwashingtonmonroe - Jul 15, 2012 8:36 pm Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2012

Worthy of all Praise  Sucess!

One of the most rewarding hikes I've ever done...absolutely worth all of the praise it receives! What an amazing mountain...


Hagen - Jun 26, 2012 9:27 pm Date Climbed: Dec 3, 2011

Still a favorite.  Sucess!

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.

Wiktoria Plawska

Wiktoria Plawska - Jun 26, 2012 9:18 am Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2012

Best  Sucess!

Must have been about the 40th time i have climbed this mountain. No exaggeration.

znord737 - Jun 1, 2012 10:02 am Date Climbed: Oct 15, 2011

Old Rag

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.


BobEnein - May 29, 2012 11:45 pm Date Climbed: Apr 1, 2012

Old Rag climb  Sucess!

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.

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