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“East coast must” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Old Rag Mountain Hike

Old Rag Mountain Hike
Shenandoah National Park, VA
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Parks, Hiking Trails, State Parks, Caverns/ Caves, Mountains, National Parks, Trails, Forests
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Mays Landing, New Jersey
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“East coast must”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

If you are seeking a premier hike on the east coast then this is your challenge. The length is just short of 9 miles and is a test of strength and stamina. With an elevation gain in excess of 2k feet it will be a climb, but well worth the effort. The rock scramble to the summit is a test but the views are awesome. Bring sufficient water.

Visited August 2012
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Scrambling Was Awesome!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

As avid hikers, the beginning of the hike was a little slow, but as we increased our elevation quickly and hit the first boulders, our outlook changed. We got hit with quite a bit of rain, so the rocks were a little slippery, but that just meant we take our time. The bouldering portion of the hike was incredible. We've bouldered before, but nothing like this. It lasted for quite some time (I think we were above treeline for about 1.5-2 hours) and it just kept going! We had fog the entire time so we couldn't see the views when we reached the summit, but others we met said you can usually see for miles. I definitely recommend this hike to anyone visiting by and around the Appalachian Trail. It's a great hike!

Visited September 2012
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Best hike in VA!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

This hike will kick your butt physically but the views will take your breath away- this is a must do if you are in VA!

Visited August 2012
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Oswego, New York
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“Top choice entertainment.Exillarating climbing action”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

Old Rag was definately up to par with its reputation!An outstanding climb with almost 2 hrs of above treeline excitement.The scramble was constant and grew in intensity as you climbed making for a truly climatic summit. The surrounding view of the Blue Ridge mts along with Shenandoah valley is priceless! I recommend this climb for everyone.

Visited August 2012
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“Your effort will be well-rewarded by the amazing views!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

Prior to hiking Old Rag I was a little nervous. Would I be able to handle the 2000 ft elevation gain and the rock scramble to the summit? I am happy to report if you are in good cardiovascular condition and have some upper body strength, you can do it. There were 2 spots in the scramble where I needed a hand, as I am short, so be sure you have a buddy. The views all the way up on the switch backs are great and the views of the Shenandoah Valley from both the North Summit and the actual summit (360 views here) are amazing. I will also point out that if you are not up for the rock scramble, but want to see the views from the summit you can do that too. Just take the Weakley Hollow Fire Road up instead of Ridge Trail at the Trailhead.

The circuit hike is about 9 miles with the last 2.5 miles on the fire road. You must park in the lower NPS lot which is about .8 miles from the trailhead. This is a fee site so be prepared to pay or invest in an annual pass. I hiked this trail on a Friday in late July. We arrived at the parking lot on Rt. 600 about 11 am and there was probably about 12 cars in the lot. Budget at least 5 or 6 hours.

It was hot, but a good portion of this hike is shaded so it wasn't unbearable. Make sure you are properly hydrated at the start and have enough water to remain hydrated the entire hike. Dehydration is no joke so listen to the NPS on this one. I drank a liter just on the walk from the Parking Lot to the Trailhead and had a 3L cambelback as well. Plan to pack a lunch and a snack. The North Summit is a great spot to break for lunch. There are restrooms of the primitive kind at the Old Rag Shelter on the way down if necessary.

Visited July 2012
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