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Old Rag Mountain Hike

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Address: Shenandoah National Park, VA
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My favorite hike to date!

My friend and I hiked Old Rag a couple of days ago on November 25th, 2014. The weather was perfect: partly sunny and in the 50's. Not quite sure what to expect, we powered our way... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 27, 2014
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Millstone, New Jersey
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Millstone, New Jersey
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153 reviews 153 reviews
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

My friend and I hiked Old Rag a couple of days ago on November 25th, 2014. The weather was perfect: partly sunny and in the 50's. Not quite sure what to expect, we powered our way up the Ridge Trail (huffing and puffing but determined to keep our pace). At the top, the views were incredible. We also went off... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

The hike took us about 7 hours. There were some tricky rocky party but we made it. Beautiful views from up there!

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Arlington, Virginia
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66 reviews 66 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

My wife, two daughters 9 and 10, and I went on Veteran's Day, Tuesday 11/11/14, and it was still crowded. While this hike is so popular and always crowded, it really only backs up through the rock scramble. I have done this hike many times in the past and it typically would take us about 3.75 - 4.5 hours including... More 

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

My son and I, 27 and 59 years of age respectively, did a spectacular hike and rock scramble to the top of Old Rag. We accomplished the 8.8 mile circuit in slightly over five hours. This is a strenuous adventure but doable if you are in reasonable shape. The well maintained Ridge Trail zigzagged up the mountain at a moderate... More 

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Rochester, New York, United States
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

This trail was awesome on the way up with a gentile dissent through the woods. There were a couple spots where we lost the trail and a couple where we were behind people that could not handle the climb. The most technical part was a chimney section where you have to jimmy yourself up in a narrowish slot between two... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

My wife and I are in pretty good shape (but not amazing shape) and I'm 41 yo. We did this hike in 3.5 hours and that included taking a photos along the way and stopping for lunch. I would say the average person can do this in 4-5 hours without a problem. If you are in poor shape and not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We had a great time in the hike. As a beginner hiker I have to admit that this was intense. The views are beautiful but some areas are just very difficult. We came prepared with shoes, light meal, water and this helped a lot. I would definitely recommend doing this hike but be prepared to challenge yourself to the max.... More 

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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

7 hours or more round trip lots of rock scrambling and a couple pretty hairy areas. For people in decent shape who aren't afraid of hieghts. It's awesome though if your a hiker! Gorgeous views, strenuous work out, awesome rock scrambling.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

The trail can be a challenge because the rock scramble. The beginning of the trail is nothing impressive. But the last 1/3 part can be very fun when you try to figure out how to climbing in those rocks. It's not very hard though as long as you are fit. I saw old people on the trail as well. It... More 

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Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Exciting and fun. A unique hiking experience. Although a long hike for kids, the rock scramble to the top was enough to keep them excited. If hiking with elderly or children, be thoughtful to their mobility levels. Some folks in your party may need some help climbing up a rock face or jumping over crevices... height makes a difference. Beginning... More 

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