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Sunrise Hike - Old Rag / Robertson Mountain / White Oak Canyon - 11.2 / 19 miles

Let's watch the sunrise from the top of Old Rag Mountain.

This is NOT your regular walk on the woods by any means and we ARE NOT starting the hike on the Old Rag parking lot which will increase almost 1/2 the distance to reach the summit and in special I want to be very very clear that we will moving really fast on this hike so you must be willing to feel that kind of heat.
You have been warn.

It is 7.3 miles from the starting point to the top of Old Rag. To reach the summit prior to sunrise, we need to step off NLT 3:00am. I know it is early but the reward should be worth it. It should take approximately 9 hours to complete the 19 mile version of this hike. 

Itinerary
We will start from the White Oak Canyon parking area and head up Berry Hollow Fire Road then down Weakley Hollow FR to the Old Rag upper parking area, from there we will head up the Ridge Trail to the Old Rag summit arriving in time to view the sunrise. We will then head down the Saddle Trail to the intersection of Berry Hollow, Weakley Hollow, and Old Rag Fire Roads. At this point those that prefer a shorter hike can head back down Berry Hollow FR to the White Oak Canyon parking. This will result in a hike of 11.2 miles.

 

Whit those who want a little more challenge we will continue straight on Old Rag FR to Corbin Hollow trail. We will take Corbin Hollow trail around the north side of Robertson Mountain to Weakley Hollow FR. After a heading up the FR for 100 yards, we will take Robertson Mountain Trail up and over Robertson Mountain. At the end of Robertson Mountain Trail, we will turn right on Old Rag FR and stay on it for 0.5 miles and turn left onto Bridal Path trail. We will take it for 0.7 miles to White Oak Canyon trail where we will bear left and head down to the parking lot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gear list, What you need to bring:
1.) 2 pieces rain suit - Just in case.
2.) Head lamp
3.) Day backpack
4.) Snacks/food for your self.
5.) Camel bag/bottle or similar for drinking water.
6.) 2 liters of water for short hike - 4 liters for long version
7.) A good attitude and a big smile on your face.

You should also bring extra socks and dress in layers. You will need to remove your outer layer(s) when we start the hike and you will want to put some of this clothing back on when we stop on top of Old Rag for the sunrise because it really get cold over there at that time of the day.
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Directions
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GPS coordinates:[masked] [masked]
Google map driving directions: http://goo.gl/maps/r2ko1
------------------------------------------------------------ Link to past Old Rag trip:
https://picasaweb.google.com/116554298799035819637/EarlyMoringNewbeeHikeJun042011?noredirect=1#

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Link to map/trail description:
http://files.meetup.com/263185/White%20Oak-Old%20Rag-Robertson.pdf

More updates/details coming soon.

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  • Alison M.

    Like Geoff and a few others I'll be out at the Washington Monument's shin dig tonight - hope to see some others out there! http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/going-out-guide/wp/2013/07/05/see-the-washington-monument-come-to-life-on-monday/

    3 · July 8, 2013

    • James Alexander C.

      Currently sat behind the brass band wearing a bright yellow shirt if anyone's around!

      July 8, 2013

    • Alison M.

      Ah, just left - bummer! Was pretty gorgeous out there though.

      July 8, 2013

  • Darwin

    You guy's did ask for a Sunset option trip...well guess what, I'm giving you a double-dare trip look here:
    http://www.meetup.com/adventurer/events/128598632/

    July 8, 2013

  • Darwin

    @ALL - I'm going to post another trip for this coming Sunday, the part that we didn't do which will e White Oak Cayon / Cedar Run Falls, great and beautiful area whit several water falls and swimming holes along the way, here we have a 98 feet tall water fall and more great views and I do promise we will move as faster as the slower hiker meaning we will have enough time to enjoy the several views and also to smell the flowers...hope all you guy's can make.

    3 · July 7, 2013

    • Juna N.

      Guys the event is up .. http://www.meetup.com...­

      3 · July 8, 2013

    • Aqab

      On it already!! :-)

      July 8, 2013

  • Darwin

    so, I red that some want to do a sunset??
    Backpacking is my specialty and I do now a bunch of places to see a great sunset/sunrise combined.
    Who is in???

    2 · July 7, 2013

  • Geoff P.

    Thanks for all the great photos everyone.

    In case anybody else has royally screwed up their sleep schedules and wants to catch another sunrise, I'll be on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial this morning!

    2 · July 7, 2013

    • James Alexander C.

      How was it? Maybe give me more than 30mins notice next time and I'll join you!

      July 7, 2013

    • Geoff P.

      Another nice sunrise! Ha, I didn't think anybody else would be up (again) at such a crazy hour, but thought it polite to offer. If you (or Lindsay or anyone else!) are interested, I am going to check out the lighting of the Washington Monument's exoskeleton/collar/scaff­olding tomorrow night at around 8pm: http://www.washington...­

      July 7, 2013

  • Aqab

    Hi all. I have a TWO FREE TICKETS for a pre-release showing of the psychological thriller, "The Hunt". I can't go. Call or text me and I'll send the tickets via email as a pdf file. [masked] 5757.

    THE HUNT Washington DC Sneak Preview. Monday, July 8, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT). Landmark E Street Cinema. [masked]th St NW.
    Washington, DC 20004. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2106476/
    ...

    "The Hunt" is the latest unflinching drama from Danish auteur Thomas Vinterberg. Co-written with Tobias Lindholm, this is an ambitious star vehicle for legendary actor Mads Mikkelsen, an icon in Denmark and familiar face around the world as well (lately, the main star in "Hannibal", the TV series). He plays Lucas, a small-town kindergarten teacher. The film is quite dark and deals with some very difficult subject matter that can be very hard to watch at times. I'll leave it to you to decide if you want to be more aware of the details by looking up a basic synopsis.

    July 7, 2013

    • Aqab

      TICKETS HAVE BEEN TAKEN...

      July 7, 2013

  • Mike V

    Had a great time with everyone, see you next time! Thanks Darwin!

    If anyone would like all the photos everyone uploaded (so far) in the original resolution, you can download all 530mb of them at this link:

    http://rapidshare.com/files/2726988613/2013%2007%2006%20Old%20Rag.zip

    2 · July 7, 2013

  • Juna N.

    Darwin thanks for organizing this. Let me know if anyone would be interested in doing a similar sunset hike!

    4 · July 7, 2013

    • James Alexander C.

      A couple of us debated the idea of going for sunset, then camping out over night with a BBQ and some drinks, watching the sunrise, and coming down...

      4 · July 7, 2013

    • Aqab

      Sounds good. Like the one we just went on. Obviously, a different place. James, that would mean a Saturday early start. Back on Sunday.

      July 7, 2013

  • James Alexander C.

    Hello! Great to meet you all. There's some photos in the other group: http://www.meetup.com/adventurer/photos/15927922/

    2 · July 6, 2013

    • Joshua F.

      Was great meeting you James! I agree, great pictures, many thanks!

      2 · July 6, 2013

    • James

      Thanks guys, it was great to meet you all. Hopefully we can meet on another hike

      July 7, 2013

  • Aqab

    Well, I did it. I actually slept for an hour!!! Now, I'm getting ready to go out!!! The day is Young!!
    Thanks to everyone for making this a very memorable hike. And, to all my new friends, it couldn't have been done without you... James & James!!! Juna (superwoman!!), Martha, Rosario, Emily, Mark, Josh, Joseph, Kayo, and all the others!! And, most of all, Darwin, for putting this together....

    3 · July 6, 2013

  • Joshua F.

    Great! Awesome group of people

    1 · July 6, 2013

  • Mark

    Hit a deer going to be a bit late, everyone is ok

    July 6, 2013

    • James

      whoa! sorry to hear. Glad to hear that every one is fine - hope that the damage is not great

      July 6, 2013

  • Darwin

    Hey guy's, what a day, I just wakeup from a well deserve siesta, first please forgive me for pushing you all to hard on the trail trying to beat the clock and the sun, thumbs-up for the ones who made it to the summit and where able to enjoy the sunrise.
    I did have a great time whit everyone company and I bend my kneed to you, Definitely you all are hardcore.
    Best wishes, good luck and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

    4 · July 6, 2013

  • Rosario B.

    Darwin, thanks for being such a great leader. Feeling lucky to have ended up with such a great group of people.

    5 · July 6, 2013

  • Clare

    Awesome!!!

    1 · July 6, 2013

  • Joshua F.

    I'm sorry Mark to hear that you hit a deer! That's a bummer!

    I had a good time, thanks to all and Darwin (and our selfless sweeper!)

    I ended up running the rest of the way to use up whatever energy I had left and work off the carrot cake :)

    3 · July 6, 2013

  • Aqab

    I had a great time. It was such a good Group. The best one so far. So, it'll be sad not to keep in touch. Thanks everyone for being great.

    1 · July 6, 2013

  • Geoff P.

    I'd like to carpool. I have 4 spots in my car and plan to meet the group at Vienna at 1am.

    I'd also be fine riding in another car if we have more drivers than needed.

    July 4, 2013

    • Angela

      July 6, 2013

    • Angela

      July 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here in parking lot....anybody here?

    July 6, 2013

    • Hung T. H.

      Where is the north parking lot?

      July 6, 2013

  • Mike V

    I'll be leaving for the vienna metro from Arlington if anyone still needs a ride.

    July 5, 2013

  • Peter C

    I have a truck with space for a bunch of people. Who needs a ride from md?

    July 4, 2013

    • Aqab

      no reply?

      July 5, 2013

    • Aqab

      Got my ride Peter... Thanks anyway..

      July 5, 2013

  • James

    I can take up to two people. I will be leaving from D.C.'s union station at about midnight. Or we can meet at Vienna

    1 · July 5, 2013

    • James

      in front of the station. Between the outbound exit and the flags. I will call you

      July 5, 2013

    • Aqab

      thanks... See you there..

      July 5, 2013

  • Juna N.

    Happy to give a ride to anyone. I have 4 spots in my car. Coming from S. Arlington. Are we meeting at the Vienna Metro?

    1 · June 24, 2013

    • Aqab

      Thanks... Great... What time are we meeting?

      July 4, 2013

    • Juna N.

      1 am at the vienna metro

      July 5, 2013

  • Ann o

    Sorry I have to visit my sister in hospital

    July 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Little late to ask but I can I get a ride?

    July 5, 2013

  • Darwin

    @ ALL - We will star MOVING from Vienna metro at 1 AM sharp, whit or whit-out full attendance, if you are NOT there 10 minutes early them you are already late.

    July 5, 2013

  • Darwin

    @ ALL - Please make sure that you print the driving directions posted on trip description also will be goo that you "print" map/trail to follow description also posted on trip detail.

    July 5, 2013

  • Peter

    1:00am midnight?

    July 4, 2013

    • Darwin

      There is NOT a typo, is a mid-night hike as it say in the trip description.

      July 5, 2013

    • Darwin

      YES 1 AM. We meet at Vienna Metro the drive to hike/parking area, hike star at 3AM.

      July 5, 2013

  • Ann o

    I also like to carpool

    July 3, 2013

  • Ross G.

    Are any drivers planning on carpooling from the Vienna Metro? I'd be up for chipping in for gas with anyone planning on driving.

    July 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I actually have 3 guests, but I was limited to 2. See you Friday.

    July 3, 2013

  • Darwin

    Are you guys ready??

    July 3, 2013

  • Darwin

    Weather alert: great improvement for this weekend:
    Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

    July 2, 2013

  • Chantelle S.

    Is this hike recommended for a newbie??

    July 1, 2013

    • Darwin

      no, it is not.

      July 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is this hike recommended for dogs?

    June 26, 2013

    • Darwin

      Old Rag is a NO dogs zone by law.

      June 26, 2013

  • Denise W.

    Wait. 1am. Yeah... Probably not.

    June 24, 2013

  • Denise W.

    Love old rag! I can drive!!

    June 24, 2013

  • Andreius H.

    Hello everyone

    June 21, 2013

  • Martha

    Hi! Really looking forward to this but will need a ride! Happy to share gas costs!

    June 20, 2013

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