Old Rag Trail, Hiking in SNP

Old Rag Mountain hike in the Shenandoah National Park is one of the most popular hikes in the mid-Atlantic region. The panoramic views are SPECTACULAR!!!

 

Note:

  • There's a little bit of rock scrambling toward the end of the trail, which requires good upper body strength.
  • Wear sturdy shoes that can support your ankles during rock sliding and rock hopping.
  • If the trail is wet, we will not hike this trail because wet rocks are slippery and dangerous. 

Trail Info:

  • Length: 9.6 Miles
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Elevation Gain: 2510 feet

 What to bring & wear:

  • Lunch, snack, and water
  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Hiking poles.
  • Camera/Phone (trust me u'll enjoy the view!)

Schedule:

  • 8:00am Meet in Vienna Metro North Parking Lot/Discuss Carpool
  • 8:30am Leave
  • 10:15am Arrive at the Trailhead
  • 4:15pm Complete the hike (6 hours including lunch break)
  • 6:00pm Back in VA

 Trip fee:

  • gas money for the driver ($5-10)
  • entrance for park (it's $15,20 per car)

Contact Info:

  • TK [masked]

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  • TK

    Hi all, Do you want to hear the bad or good news first? I suppose the bad, right. This hike will be cancelled due to the weather. This Saturday, there’s a good 30% chance of rain during the day and 60% during the night. Like I said before, if the trail is wet, the rock scrambling part can be very slippery and dangerous. As much as I like to hike and have fun w/ all you guys, but SAFETY is my priority for everyone. And I don’t want to take the chance to find out about the weather the last minute, in this way people can make other plans for the weekend. (It’ll sucks, if the weather turns out nice n sunny on Saturday) However, the good news is that I will plan another outdoor trip down the road. I’m thinking hiking again, snowboarding, or paintball or all three, because I enjoy all! Side note: I do like to give a special thank you to those who volunteer to be the driver and all the interested participants. Hope next trip will work out. Stay in touch, TK

    2 · August 15, 2013

    • TK

      unfortunately not, i think more than half already made other plans for the weekend including myself. However, I do know a few others are still doing some outdoor stuffs this weekend, look on the messages below, join them if u'r interested.

      August 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      TK, which trailhead were you thinking of doing? I'd like to Google it since I may be going there in early-mid October. Would you be interested in coordinating another hike then to see the Falls foliage?

      August 17, 2013

  • Manette

    I would've loved to try this!

    August 17, 2013

  • Siying G.

    How can I meet with you guys after I arrive at metro station tomorrow ?

    August 16, 2013

    • TK

      this event has been cancelled due to the possibility of rain, but look like Joel might be going still (he likes to hike in the rain), so get in touch w/ him

      August 16, 2013

  • Allan v

    Saturday, Aug 17 Updated: Aug 16, 2013, 10:13am EDT Desktop App Day Aug 17 75°FHigh Mostly Cloudy Chance of rain: 10% Wind: ENE at 8 mph Humidity: 64%
    UV Index: 7 - High Sunrise: 6:29 am Moonrise: 5:17 pm Moonphase: Waxing Gibbous
    A mix of clouds and sun early, then becoming cloudy later in the day. High near 75F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph

    August 16, 2013

  • Pat

    Is anyone interested in the Shenandoah river tubing trip on Sunday Aug 18th. I'm going with my sport bike motorcycle group. Call me for details[masked]

    August 15, 2013

    • Pat

      I ride with Throttle Control Motorcycle Club and will meet up at 7am at Starbucks 3011 Nutley St / Fairfax

      August 15, 2013

    • Pin Far G.

      sup Pat Thx for all info, but unfortunately I have church around that time, I was hoping it was later time so i can go, but maybe next time. Also I'll look into the motorcycle group more next around summer when i will hopefully have a bike. Thx

      August 16, 2013

  • Steven Z.

    no trip, next time

    August 15, 2013

  • Steven Z.

    Weather is nice and cool in next several days . Suggest bring a light jacket if it gets windy in the mountain .

    August 15, 2013

  • karen

    Pace?

    1 · August 14, 2013

  • Heidi

    I love hiking :)

    1 · August 13, 2013

  • Pin Far G.

    Can't believe i missed this... Oh well next time. Can someone please make sure there's a next time? haha

    August 13, 2013

  • Ellen Z.

    My friend can't make it, so just me. Thanks.

    August 13, 2013

  • Orlando L.

    Hiking is my specialty

    August 12, 2013

  • Vickson

    Might not made back in time for this event, hope everyone have fun.

    August 12, 2013

  • TK

    Everyone will meet at Vienna North Metro Station at 8 AM. And when you get a chance, please text me your cell/name[masked] So here's a draft breakdown of drivers and passengers:

    Jeffrey's car: michael lim, Joon, Obyunbayar
    Bryan's car: Jess, Jess's friend, Anu
    Cecile's car: TK, Paolo
    Pat's car: Hung T. Huynh, Wendy, Alan, Alan's friend
    Peter's car: Jelina, Jelina's friend 1, Jelina's friend 2, and Vickson
    Jerome's car: Edison Munoz, Ryan, Sarah, Hwang, and Jessica
    Yiqian's car: Ying, Ying's friend, and Eva
    Jennie's car: Wei Wu, Wei's friend
    Veronica's car: Rudy Ruiz, Grace Liu
    Will: Bhargav Avasarala, Playing Leaf, Playing leaf's friend
    Joel: Joey Penbari, Gina, and Han D
    Jason: John Wong, Ellen Zeng, Ellen Zeng's friend So total is about 51 ppl, and so far all the ones I spoke too seem really cool, so fun group is a plus! And the hike will be awesome (this might be my last one for this year) especially Fall is coming soon. Rest up well this week, everyone!


    TK

    5 · August 8, 2013

    • Steven Z.

      I appreciate ur organizing effort, it will be a great trip .

      August 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      This is so organized!

      August 8, 2013

  • TK

    quick update: So there are 12 cars, and 49 spots (mixed of the rsvp n waiting-list folks) are filled up already. I have only 2 more spots for those who need a ride from the metro the SNP (this open to both the rsvp who I haven't heard back and those folks on the waiting list) First come first serve. Also after the hike we can either go Honey Pig (tried it and love it) or IL MEE (As suggested by Alan, which it's buffet style)


    Go get in shape and prepare to chase bears!

    TK

    August 7, 2013

    • Allan v

      btw thnx for organizing this TK... its probably one of the best coordinated preplanning so far

      August 8, 2013

    • TK

      The last two spot will be reserved for Anu and Oyunbayar, who emailed back to me. Vidumin, sorry. Rudy, I already noted you down a while back already. Thank you Allan.

      1 · August 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I don't have a car... Could I get a ride?

    1 · August 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you so much! BTW how can I pay for the trip?

      August 7, 2013

    • Steven Z.

      We will figure out that on that day .

      August 7, 2013

  • Steven Z.

    My friend who went hiking there multiple times suggested we be there before 9:00 am cz there is always huge crowd there after that and we might not even be able to find parking. Shall we meet a bit earlier ? I know it will be a Saturday Morning but nothing is unreachable, right ?

    1 · August 1, 2013

    • TK

      if it gets crowded, they usually open up this other area for more parking spaces

      August 6, 2013

  • TK

    Quick update: We have...

    9 drivers: Will, Veronica, Jennie, Yiqian, Jerome, Peter, Pat, Cecile, and Bryan

    15 Need ride: Gina, Han D, Edison, Ryan, John, Hung T, Shaun, Jelina (+2), Paolo, Ying (+1), Vickson, Sara Hwang, and Jessica. I'm thinking after conquering this hike, we can all go celebrate and have dinner at HONEY PIG. I like their food n drinks there! Any other suggestions?

    As the others RVSPs, who I did not mention the name above, please respond to me ASAP (let me know either you volunteer to be a driver or u need a ride?) And again, if you'r not sure about going, please change ur status on meetup here, so the people on the waiting list can join. THANKS


    Get ready to chase the bears soon! TK

    1 · July 25, 2013

    • Allan v

      My gf and I are on the waiting list.. We would love a ride if you guys extend the rsvps.. We can throw in some cash for the driver

      July 28, 2013

    • Allan v

      Tk, ever eat at il mee? near honey pig... all you can eat buffet, just another suggestion.. food would already be cooked most of it except for the korean bbq.. its right behind shilla bakery in the same area.. not sure if people will be starving and would want to eat asap.. just a suggestion

      1 · August 6, 2013

  • Ellen Z.

    Hi TK. Have not heard from you. I and a friend both need a ride. Thanks.

    August 1, 2013

  • TK

    Hello, Wendy, Gowtham, Wayne, Ann, Bernard Lam, Daniel, Nipuna, Siying Gong, and Vidumin. If I don't hear back from you guys, indicate if u'r still going, need a ride, or can be a driver by next week Aug 5th, then u'r on ur own at that point. (Also, this will allow me to let a few folks from the wait list to join.) As for new folks, Maria, Rudy, and Jeffrey T, check your email, you should receive an email from me. Have a good day everyone,

    TK

    August 1, 2013

  • TK

    Hi All,

    I believe that all the RSVP should received an email from me by now. If not, let me know. So for those RSVP I haven't heard back, can you please respond? Can you be one of the drivers to the trailhead? If so, how many people can you fit? If not, do you need a ride to SNP? As of today, there will be a waiting list for this event, because we just reached 50 attendees. This also mean that for those who are not sure about going, you should perhaps change your status about going or not, so others can fill up the spot. Greatly appreciated,

    TK

    July 22, 2013

    • Peter W.

      Are we gonna have enough cars? Haha

      1 · July 24, 2013

    • Allan v

      My gf and I are on the wait list but would love to car pool we can throw some cash to the driver for gas

      1 · July 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    HI Virginia here from Virginia! =) Just got here 8 months ago and was hoping to enjoy and explore the area at the same time meet new friends! =)

    July 27, 2013

  • Playing L.

    Group with Wei Wu

    July 24, 2013

    • TK

      noted

      July 26, 2013

  • Joel

    TK I didn't get an email yet. I can drive if we need more drivers. I can have 2 extra people.

    July 25, 2013

    • TK

      noted. Thanks, I'll add you to the driver list!

      July 26, 2013

  • Ellen Z.

    My friend and I need a ride. Thanks.

    July 25, 2013

    • TK

      noted

      July 26, 2013

  • Ying

    Wish we Gould have a fun trip!

    July 14, 2013

    • TK

      we will. It's a fun trail w/ AWESOME view! Also, I'll send out a facebook event page very shortly, so we can start to organize carpools.

      July 15, 2013

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