Aug 28, 2010 · 8:30 AM
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Update #1 Few more things you need to be aware of -This is not for beginners. The hike is Strenuous and the organizer assumes absolutely no responsibility of any injury during the hiking event. Try some local hiking trail like billy goat trail, run half hour everyday. If you change your mind, please update your RSVP. -bring some change of cloth, the shirt will be soak with sweat, it will be nice to have some dry clothing to change into after the hike. - along the same line as cloth, wear sandals and switch to hiking shoes once there, and then switch back when done - more for comfort than anything else. - there are only porta johns at the two parking lots, bring some water or hand sanitizer - bring at least 1.5 liters of drink on the hike, tip: have some in the car when get back. Keep some frozen overnight, bring one frozen bottle on the hike to mix with non-frozen ones, so you have constant supply of cold drink. - pack light, especially don't bring any heavy food, canned food for example - no trash can in the park, so everyone need to carry their trash out Come out and explore with me the old rag mountain at the beautiful Shenandoah national park. Aren't you tired of staying home or doing boring workout at the gym? Let's be a little outdoorsy and adventurous this summer. Let's go hiking and explore the great mountain, meet new friends and have a fun time together. Old Rag Mountain (3291ft) is the most spectacular mountain in the northern Virginia Blue Ridge. Unlike most of the mountains in the Blue Ridge, it stands alone as an outlying mountain rather than as part of a continuous chain. Old Rag is a popular hike in all seasons; on weekends it can be crowded. Old Rag's attractions include a rugged scramble over and through boulders on the Ridge Trail and spectacular views in all direction. Distance: 7 miles round trip Elevation Gain: 2200 ft Hike Time: 5hours + 1hour lunch time Difficulty: Strenuous Trail Condition: OK, but a few difficult spots HikeType: Loop Detail about old rag mountain:
http://www.nps.gov/sh.... Direction to Old Rag Mountain (Thanks Jonathan for providing the additional information) Take 66 west and exit 43A to Rt.29 south. Drive on 29 south for 12 Miles to Warrenton VA (Luray); Bear right on Rt. 29/211 West for about 27 miles to Sperryville VA; Turn left on Rt. 522 south for about 1 mile then turn right on Rt. 231. Go about 8 miles to Rt. 601 (you will see a sign for Old Rag there) and turn right. Cross the bridge, turn right and continue along Rt. 601/600. In about 3 miles you'll see the lower parking area for Old Rag on your left (200 parking space only). Note: you are going be driving through Warrenton, so be careful and follow the signs. There is always a cop or two along the way, so try not to go 7 miles over the speed limit. Things to bring with you: snacks, lunch, plenty of water (extra frozen water in the car), backpack to hold your stuff and keep your hands free. comfortable clothing. long pants/shirts if you don't want get few bug bites and scratches or the temperature is cold. Hiking shoes, sun block and bug spray if needed. We will meet at the north parking lot of Vienna metro station and carpool to the national park. please pay your driver $10 to cover the gas expense.