Awesome loop with a good amount of climbing and a tough scramble at top, very technical terrain in spots. Certainly have to earn the summit in this one, unlike the short mountains on Skyline drive. Great views and terrain.
Started late to ensure on the mountain at Midnight, 2020 Halloween. Chilly evening. Help rescue of an unfit hiker off the lower rocks near the summit.
New upper parking lot provides plenty of parking. Land donated to the NFS by the Potomac Trust which extended the acreage available for hiker parking.
Quick afternoon solo loop up the Ridge Trail and down the fire road. Autumn leaves were in full effect. Truly gorgeous as the sun began to set in the west.
Parking lot was nearly full when I arrived around 2:00 PM, but only ran into about a dozen hiking groups during the hike.
I assume most were finishing their hikes just after I began. Hustled down the fire road. Car-to-car in ~3 hrs, including a brief stop at the summit to enjoy a honeycrisp apple.
Such a great hike.
Got to the trailhead early and on the trail by 5:30AM. Second car in the lot and maybe the 2nd to the top for the day. Warm early on and a nice sunrise. 4 hours car to car. Was second guessing myself getting to the trailhead in the dark. In the daylight, things are a lot more obvious
Took a friend from Chicago out for day hike. Because of the holiday weekend we hit some crowds, but hike still makes for a great day.
I've hiked Old Rag many times in a loop that includes nearby Robertston Mt.
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.