This was my first mountain East of the Mississippi and it inspired me to venture out and explore new mountains around VA. I have since done it two other times and love it.
It was many years ago, but I think this was my first mountain..... I was with 2 or 3 other girls from my Girl Scout troop, and we did it as a 2 day backpack... wish I had some pictures!
Did the full loop with a group of friends. I was the only one to have previously climbed the peak, so it was fun to expose new folks to this great east coast mountain.
Climbed this several times in Jr. High and High School.
really enjoyed the sustained class 3 scramble up and the easy hike down the forest road. we even got a parking spot at the trailhead!
Ridge scramble up, fire road down. I had read there was a short section of scrambling on this route and was looking forward to it, but was pleasantly surprised to find how sustained this section was. Very fun. At the crux, there were ~20 people backed up there making use of a rope to ascend. Most attempts were pretty ugly. The summit has plenty of places to bask on a semi-private rock and enjoy some views. My dad, age 65, came with me!
Spent my Sunday hiking old rag in a rain storm. This was my 1st trek on old rag and it was nice to have the whole place to myself. Saw less than 10 people and scored a parking spot in the upper lot. 1 rock took me about 15 minutes to traverse over but once I figured a good method I was back on my way. Next time ill hike it on a dry day.
One of the many little hikes that sticks out in my mind as just pure fun. I did this with my family, and we all had a blast!
Summited Old Rag first on my way to Robertson Mountain. The wet rocks made for some interesting scrambling especially on the crux.
Ridge Trail up/down (I don't like fire roads)
This was my third summit of Old Rag and it simply is still great fun. I spent more time climbing/scrambling on both the lower/upper summits this time around. You can easily blow an entire day out there scrambling to different areas where you can avoid the crowds. I will say that this was the busiest I had seen it. I had to wait at least 10 minutes for 25 people to ascend the crux on my way down the Ridge Trail.
This hike decent night hike, and on a clear, moonlit night, you don't even really need a headlamp (except for in a few of the narrow rock slots). There are usually _less_ people then, but the only time that I have had the crag to myself was when it was both dark AND raining.
Didn't see a single person coming from Skyland down the Old Rag Fireroad until the base of Old Rag, holy freakin' crowds!
First climb - As a 16 year old backpacker (1965) - young and carefree!
Most recently in 2004 and boy did I feel the difference! Had to have help (my posterior pushed up one of the chutes) and needed to stop to catch my breath sometimes -UGH!
I'm supposed to try again this fall but I will have to really get back into shape! And pay this time! I don't think we paid anything in 2004!
Hiked Old Rag this morning. Nearly 90-degree temperatures with high humidity and lots of haze, but the trail was nearly empty for a summer Sunday afternoon (people may have been scared off by impending afternoon thunderstorms). For a time being we were the only group on the summit, which, to me, constitutes a beautiful and successful hike. Old Rag is the ONLY hike I've found in the Southeast that never gets old (just more crowded it seems).
I scampered up here in the late 1990s. It is a rare scramble in the vicinity of DC.
My daughter an I hiked this mountain on a spectacular spring day! There was not a cloud in the sky and when we returned to the parking lot the temp. was 65-degrees! We are looking forward to returning for some roped climbing.
Went in Feb and May 2006 too, winter ascent = not so easy. Great fun scrambling to the top, was quite windy tho. Fire road makes for an easy descent. Will certainly go again.
25 Sep 2008 - Old Rag Loop
Another jaunt up Old Rag with some bouldering on top
15 Mar 2008 - Old Rag Loop
Fun, easy scrambling at the top and pretty views.
First time out. 2 inches of snow above 2000 ft. Spent a lot of time wiping off rocks to find the blazes. Some dodgy moments on transition holds or when chinning. Several chimneys required some thought on how to ascend. Good amount of crab-walking, sliding, and crawling when down climbing. Take care if icy! After 3rd false summit, easy going. Fire road return is a long slog - better option may be to bushwack along Hughes River. 5 and a half hours. Lots of animal tracks. Hawks soaring in and around the rocks. Very quiet. Awesome mountain.
Love this trail. Can't get enough. Did the loop once and did an up and back. Up and back is the way to go. That fire road felt like it would never end.