Old Rag Mountain Climber's Log

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Scrambling Man

Scrambling Man - Feb 14, 2006 4:26 am

My Favorite Virginia Peak, Climbed: Fall of 2002  Sucess!

An unobstructed view from the top and a fun scramble near the top make this a great hike by Virginia standards.


Lippo - Dec 24, 2005 10:47 am

Date Climbed: Late 1970's  Sucess!

Climbed several times. I don't recall the exact dates.


climbhighnow - Nov 28, 2005 1:11 pm

Route Climbed: Old Rag loop Date Climbed: most recently: 8/13/05  Sucess!

First mountain i ever offically climbed, can't remember when though. most recently i climbed on the hottest day of the summer, w/ heat index i don't think it got below 100F, ughh!! Still fun though


rickford - Aug 19, 2005 11:27 am Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2005

Route Climbed: normal approach, climbing routes Date Climbed: numerous times  Sucess!

Old Rag is my favorite climbing destination in the entire state of Virginia. Although crowds will always occupy the summit, you will never wait in line for a route here. Sky-line Crag is my favorite. Gods area is fun too. (To this day, I have yet to find SunsetCrag!)


pingzingr - Jun 14, 2005 12:34 am

Route Climbed: Old Rag trailhead loop, White Oaks Canyon parking Date Climbed: Couple times  Sucess!

Have done Old Rag several times out of home in the DC area. Did the trailhead loop a few times then went up from the White Oaks Canyon area and the parking back there (not the Skyline Drive area).


vanman798 - Apr 28, 2005 4:05 pm Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2004

Route Climbed: Main Route Date Climbed: September 2005  Sucess!

I've climbed this mountain six times over the last 6 years (1998-2004). Most recent time was September 25, 2004 with Yan, Tyler, Kyla, and Chad. It's the best hike in Shenandoah park.

Date Signed: April 28, 2005


sskeep - Mar 14, 2005 9:28 pm

Route Climbed: Loop Date Climbed: November 2002  Sucess!

Nice hike and great rock climbing. We hit a perfect November day and the trail was busy with a back up at the first rock climb and quite a few people lunching at the summit. Long hike for my 6 year old son Aaron and his friend Andrew. Darryl

rnoranbrock - Oct 12, 2004 8:45 am

Route Climbed: Ridge Trail Date Climbed: October 11, 2004  Sucess!

Beautiful day, great hike. Up the ridge trail and back the fire trail. The morning weather was clear and cool, sweatshirt weather. Warmed up through the rock scramble and then cooled down by breezes at the summit. 3 adults and 3 kids.


elementalphotos - Sep 29, 2004 4:29 pm

Date Climbed: April 24, 2004  Sucess!

Day hike. Lots of people. Need to get there EARLY to avoid (some of) the crowds. Lots of bottle necking where people were having problem negotiate 3rd class terrain.


avidwanderer - Sep 24, 2004 6:59 am

Route Climbed: Slide/headwall on north face? Date Climbed: Sept 2003 and 2004  Sucess!

I can't believe no one else has posted about going up the slide and headwall?! Its so much fun--forget the regular trail! The bushwacking sucks to get to the slide, but it is awesome--its like a mountaineering testpiece. The slide is not technical, but the headwall has a slew of technical routes. There is also a pinacle we managed to solo up that sticks out before the slide. If you want to hike and have a little mountaineering in virginia, screw the trail and go up the slide and headwall!

AGPDclimber - Aug 22, 2004 10:10 pm

Route Climbed: South east route, returned firebreak road Date Climbed: June 16, 2004  Sucess!

Besthike on the Shenandoahs! Not necessarily for the beginner. Bring plenty of water and a camera. Lots of scenic overlooks. Best time of the year to hike would be mid fall.


lostman - Jul 7, 2004 2:26 pm

Route Climbed: Loop Trail Date Climbed: May 2002  Sucess!

One of the most fun trails I have ever been on. It's like being a kid again trapped inside a labyrinth. It's a fair bit of work, but you don't even notice.


rmuir - Apr 13, 2004 2:14 pm

Route Climbed: Loop Date Climbed: March 4, 2001  Sucess!

Nice hike with great views!


hgrapid - Apr 10, 2004 7:47 pm

Route Climbed: 9 mile loop from the Old Rag trailhead Date Climbed: April 10, 2004  Sucess!

Beautiful day, 60 degrees, a few hundred people on the mountain. This mountain is wonderful and fun, with lots of boulders to climb. Great views of Hawksbill and Stony Man.


CharlesD - Mar 21, 2004 6:29 pm

Route Climbed: Standard 9-mile circuit Date Climbed: June, 1998?  Sucess!

Wow! Despite the crowds, this is a pretty amazing hike. Like caving, but without the cave. Like Mahoosuc Notch (NH/ME) but on top of a mountain. I can see why it is so popular.


crag - Jan 23, 2004 2:51 pm

Route Climbed: loop Date Climbed: Dec 22, 2002  Sucess!

A lot more fun than I expected to find in VA. I did this loop several times in fall of 2002, concluding with a winter hike Outstanding autumn color and abundent deer. Very fun, excellent in winter conditions.


Coonman - Dec 27, 2003 10:05 pm

Route Climbed: Ridge Trail up, Forest Road down Date Climbed: November 9, 2003  Sucess!

I talked my wife into coming along with me on this trip....had wonderful weather and great views from the summit ridge on. The scramble up the last several hundred feet was memorable and I would recommend this climb to anyone. Note: If you are going on the weekend, it would be wise to get there early to avoid congestion on the summit ridge. Enjoy!


climber46 - Nov 10, 2003 9:00 pm

Route Climbed: Ridge Trail(up), Forest Road(down) Date Climbed: October 10, 2003  Sucess!

My firend Michael and I decided to climb this mountain largely thanks to this website. I had not even heard of Old Rag before! It was definitely the best mountain climb I have ever done in Virginia. I can see why so many people like to climb this one. Lots of fun scambles near the top and many fun boulders to try and climb. Round-trip this hike is about 7 miles, 2,200 vertical-foot climb. I recommend climbing this mountain on a weekday, as weekends can be crowded and bottlenecks in certain scrambling sections are likely to occur.


shanrickv - Jul 18, 2003 7:52 pm

Route Climbed: Ridge Trail Date Climbed: July 17, 2003  Sucess!

This was my second trip to the top of Old Rag and I was able to do it with my 9-year-old son. He did a great job and I was very proud of him. We had great weather with a quiet summit. I hope to go back for a winter climb this year.


shanrickv - Sep 25, 2002 4:53 am

Route Climbed: Ridge Trail Date Climbed: September 23, 2002  Sucess!

Had a great day with the mountain essentially to myself early on a Monday morning. I started at 8 and reached the summit by 10. I spent almost an hour alone on top without a soul in site. I was impressed by the amount of scrambling I had to do to get over some of the boulders going up. I took the Weakly Hollow Fire Road down. It added about 1.5 miles to the trip, but was well worth it. About 1/2 a mile from the upper parking lot I encountered a young black bear. We startled each other and he/she ran up a tree about 15-20 feet off the trail. As my heart rate decreased, I got some great digital pics and some video shots after I looked around carefully for momma bear. I'm looking forward to doing the climb again, hopefully deeper into the fall when more colors are coming out in the trees.

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