Fun scramble, nice views. We did the standard loop. I'm glad it was blazed!
Perfect summer day. Enjoyed a PB&J and a cool breeze on top.
Climbed as a kid.
My brother and I seized the chance to climb this notoriously crowded peak on a warm, sunny weekday in January. We still didn't quite have the trail to ourselves, but there was more than enough room on the mountain for all of us. The scramble at the top (ice-free, thankfully) was much longer and tougher than I'd expected, closer to what you'd find on an alpine peak up north than anything I'd yet seen in Virginia. And with all those narrow cracks and huge, smooth boulders, it definitely favors the tall and skinny. The weather, as mentioned, was beautiful, except for a stiff wind that nearly blew us off the summit. Bring a windbreaker, folks!
Great time with friends climbing a mountain I've heard about but never had the opportunity to hike until today!
A great little scramble in a very pretty area.
An old favorite. Have climbed Old Rag many many times in the past, including when it was snow covered in the winter.
I went without any prior knowledge of the mountain and by the time I was done I could see it had a deserved reputation. I did the nine mile loop in a touch under four hours. I saw the spur trail for Mount Robertson on the way down the fire road but decided to save it for next time since I wanted to tag Hightop and Blackrock before finishing for the day.
We camped along Nicholson Hollow to get an earlier start on the trail. We started from the parking lot around 8. I wouldn't have left any later than this because of the volume of people and how warm the top of the mountain got. The hike was very enjoyable with great places to see the valley to the west along the way. The scramble for the last third of the hike is by far the most fun. We made a loop by using the fire road and to avoid going against the summiting traffic.
Definitely a DC area must-hike!
Fun, easy climb.
I have climbed Old Rag twice so far. I will be back as often as I can. It is popular for a good reason!
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.
1979. Hiked it with my brother.
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.
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.