Solstice Hike! Sunrise from Summit of Old Rag Night Hike!

  • June 22, 2013 · 2:00 AM
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Strenuous Night Hike!

Let's Enjoy the Sunrise from the Peak of Old Rag in Shenandoah National Park!

This Hike is Timed So That We Should be at the Peak of the Mountain to Enjoy the Sunrise! For This Particular Hike, the Moon is Very Near Full to Boot!

This night hiking adventure is strenuous and not for inexperienced hikers. This is normally a pretty strenuous hike but it will be compounded due to the dark for an ultimate challenge.

This adventure begins with an easy hike on a wide trail through dense forest. At these lower levels you are most likely to see wildlife. As the path steepens, the hike becomes a climb through the woods with numerous switchbacks and large boulders. After about 1½ miles the forest gives way to the rock scramble and plenty of wonderful views. From here to the summit you will go over, through, and under boulders on the Ridge Trail. Once at the summit the view is spectacular and panoramic.

You will climb through caves, between fissures, around balancing rocks, and up a natural staircase.

Yep, the hike is at 2:00am -- you read right! This is so we can enjoy the sunrise from the summit! Our team challenge those of you who can handle this to get your butt up and join them on this hike!

Special Night Hike Gear Requirement: Headlamps!
This is a night hike and headlamps (no flashlights) are REQUIRED for this hike. No flashlights permitted as they are a safety hazard under normal hiking situations, but due to the fact that you will need to use your hands on the rock scramble, it only makes it more important that you have a headlamp, with a change of batteries just in case please.

Hike Pace

Due to a night hike and rock scramble the hike pace will average 2 to 2.5 mph. If you have any questions, please contact Kellie or any of the leaders posted at the bottom of this posting as we are happy to help. No worries as we have experience with this and it is a ton of fun, as long as you are capable and prepared. If you have ever hiked Old Rag before than you will do just fine.

Click here for pictures of a past hike on this trail!

"The rocks of Old Rag are among Shenandoah National Park's oldest. Billions of years ago, the granite that forms the crest of Old Rag was thousands of feet underground. With time, the rocks uplifted to the point where they now perch atop this 3,268--foot mountain. At the same time, the igneous rock that once surrounded today's boulders eroded and exposed them. Seeing these rocks, shrouded in all the various weather conditions is one of the reward of hiking to the summit of Old Rag. Another reward includes completing a quick self-taught course in "rock scrambling 101" as you scramble over and under boulders. The first 2/3 of the hike is on a trail through the trees, while the upper part is open and rocky with rock scrambling up to the summit.

Weather Information

This hike is rain or shine. Click Here for the link we use for the forecast as it is specifically for the mountain.

Trail Information
Nearby City: Sperryville
Length: 9.2 total miles
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Strenuous due to some rock scrambling to the summit (no special gear required for the rock scramble) and the fact that most of this hike will be in the dark.
Trailhead Elev: 1200 feet
Elevation Gain: 2200 feet
Elevation at Summit: 3291 feet
Duration: 5-7 hours since this is a night hike and the going is a little slower than during the daylight
Highlights: Mile long rock scramble and vistas
Wildlife: Deer, foxes, black bears, skunks, and bobcats

Carpool Information
There are 2 carpools for this hike!
Baltimore Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore metro area, meet at Savage Station. Click here for directions to Savage Station. Use the comment section to discuss carpooling with other members.

DC Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the metro DC area, meetup at the Centerville Park and Ride. Click here for information and directions to the Centerville location. Use the comment section to discuss carpooling with other members.

If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location in the comment section below. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment - by just offering a ride!

Directions to the Trailhead

Click Here for Directions to where we meet for this hike.

Sunrise Time
Sunrise: 5:43 a.m.

Gear Suggestions

Click here for gear suggestions and recommendations for hiking

Meet and Greet is from 1:30 a.m. - 1:45 a.m.

Hike Step Off Time is 2:00 a.m. Sharp

Note: We Leave On Time As The Hike is Timed So That We Are at The Peak for Sunrise. We Cannot Wait for Anyone Who Might be Running Late and Do Not Have Cell Reception at the Trailhead. Thanks for Understanding.

Carpool time from Savage Station is 11:15 p.m.

Carpool time from Centerville Park and Ride is 12:15 a.m.

Please note that our holiday weekend hikes and special night hikes are not refundable due to too many people backing out of the at the last minute before the refund cut-off and keeping others from being able to go. Sorry, but this is the only way to help make sure that there is a good turnout and our leaders not offer to lead a hike on their holiday in vain...or they will be burned enough that they will no longer offer. Since we have made holiday hikes non-refundable it has boosted attendance rate significantly and often have perfect attendance, yay! Please note that our refund policy is always listed just beneath the price, and you are required to check a box that you agree to it before you can pay, so I put it in three places to avoid any issues. Thanks so much for your understanding and have a great time.

Fido is NOT Welcome on This Hike

Priyanga: [masked]

Steve: [masked]

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  • David March

    Had a good time, as always. Thx. Priyanga, Eddie, Tim and Steve.

    2 · June 23, 2013

  • Krystal

    This was a spectacular hike! Great company, great scenery, great pace, and the weather couldn't have been more perfect. Big thanks to Priyanga and Eddie for making this run so smoothly, and thanks Steve for making sure we were all prepared ahead of time (I'm glad your car troubles were all fixable, even though I'm sorry you weren't able to join us this time). It was great meeting so many new faces, as well as a couple familiar ones. Every hike I go on with you guys just makes me love this group even more. Can't wait to hike with you all again in the VERY near future!

    2 · June 22, 2013

  • Selma Halman

    The quiet of nature was embellished with the chirping birds just before the dawn in Old Rag; then the first sun rays crack opened the sky, and the remaining blue of the night sky blended with its crimson; in the meantime, the purple shadows of hills and ridges lined up beyond the horizon which birthed a big orange sphere gradually rising out of nowhere and mesmerizing each and every watching it! What a rejuvenating experience!

    3 · June 22, 2013

  • Cathy

    A great adventure! Thanks so much to Priyanga and Eddie for leading the group. Steve, we missed you!

    2 · June 22, 2013

  • Clark

    Thank you Priyanga and Eddie for leading this hike!! Fantastic fun had by all!! Kudos! Best hike I've done in years ! Everyone was very helpful to those of us (like me) who needed help over the more difficult parts of the trail. See ya'll next time.

    2 · June 22, 2013

  • Anita

    P.S. Thanks David March for driving us as well :-)

    2 · June 22, 2013

  • Anita

    Thanks Priyanga and Eddie for leading and sweeping so patiently and always with a smile. Steve-so sorry about your challenges; we definitely missed you and hope your car is fixed and covered by insurance. Great group of people for an incredible hike once again! Thanks MAHG!! Cheers!!

    2 · June 22, 2013

  • Ericka

    Sunrise was amazing! Definitely do this hike at least once in your life!

    3 · June 22, 2013

  • Paul A

    Great hike. Awesome sunrise. Thanks Priyanga, Eddie and everyone.

    3 · June 22, 2013

  • Kellie Carlisle

    Thank you so much to Priyanga for volunteering to lead this hike! Special thanks to Tim and Eddie for volunteering on the fly to team up and help out with leading and sweeping for this hike. This is what MAHG is all about. Steve, much thanks for making sure everyone was prepared for the hike and answering calls, e-mails, and monitoring comments. Sorry to just learn that after all of his efforts, that Steve missed the hike due to two car issues in route to the hike.

    2 · June 22, 2013

  • Eddie Benjamin Ware Jr

    This was an outstanding hike! It was my pleasure being the sweep for this hike. I had some of the most reflective, stimulating, and inspiring conversations. Priyanga , thank you for having confidence in me as a sweep! Such marvelous sunrise! Solstice 2013!

    2 · June 22, 2013

  • lori

    Priyanga and Eddie were a great team. Thanks for organizing this hike and letting us share in the experience. Steve, sorry about your double car troubles; I was so curious to meet the man behind the comments! I hope everyone made it home safely & are enjoying this sunny weather.

    4 · June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome hike!! Great people :) Thanks Priyanga, Eddie, and Tim!

    3 · June 22, 2013

  • Knox

    Great hike. Beautiful sunrise

    3 · June 22, 2013

  • Clark

    What is the carpool situation around the Centerville Park and Ride?

    June 21, 2013

  • Lori B

    I am in the Brunswick /Frederick area. Anyone interested in carpooling?

    1 · June 17, 2013

    • Ericka

      Lori - do you want to meet us in Sterling? You can come down 15 to 7 and meet us at 7 and 28.

      June 20, 2013

    • Lori B

      Thanks that would be backtracking a lot for me. I am just north of purcellville.

      June 21, 2013

  • Sam Jones

    Was hoping to catch a lift with anyone coming from DC, but it seems there isn't any assistance with this, so my spot is available. Have an awesome time everyone... I will see you at the September hike!

    June 20, 2013

    • Clark

      Can u get to centetville park and ride?? I can give you or anyone else a lift...my little Scion holds 4.

      June 21, 2013

    • Salvatore

      Sam, do u still need a ride?

      June 21, 2013

  • irina rickard

    Hey guys,you all about to have one kind of experience and great memories , enjoy your hike and have fun !

    1 · June 21, 2013

  • Kerri

    Is anyone driving from a DC metro accessible area? I'd love to make this hike but I need a ride. (I live in NW DC).

    June 20, 2013

    • Salvatore

      Kerri, I'm driving from the DC area and have room, glad to give u a ride if u need one

      June 20, 2013

    • Sam Jones

      Salvatore, is there a spot available in your carpool? Thanks.

      June 21, 2013

  • Deborah Cunningham

    Sorry did something to my hip. I don't think I'll be able to climb any rocks.

    June 20, 2013

    • irina rickard

      O no! Get well soon, u camping with us next weekend !

      June 20, 2013

  • Bob

    More spots please!

    June 14, 2013

    • Priyanga

      Unfortunately, we can't open more spots on this hike since we want to be able to lead and manage a smaller group at the top for the sunrise. But we've got the next hike on the books for September 1 http://www.meetup.com...­

      1 · June 19, 2013

    • giuliana

      Im in then!!

      June 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to go but I will be 37 weeks pregnant so gonna have to miss this one. Sounds awesome though!

    1 · June 7, 2013

  • giuliana

    Steve,
    Will this hike be repeated for those poor souls like me who won't get out of the long waiting list?..

    June 13, 2013

  • Ross Garner

    Hey guys, is there anyone I could carpool with from Centreville?

    June 18, 2013

  • lori

    Erika and I are carpooling from the Dulles Town Center -- message me if you'd like a ride from there. We have room for one or two more.

    June 14, 2013

  • Priyanga

    With less than a week away, please be considerate update your RSVP if you are unable to go so someone else can take your spot. No-shows make everyone sad :(

    If you are on the wait list, you will get an e-mail as slots become available. It is a “first come first serve” system for available slots. Slots are open to everyone, whether on the wait list or not. However, being on the wait list will make certain that you are notified about open slots. When a slot does become available, you will need to change your RSVP to YES to be confirmed for the hike. More information about how to do that is here: http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-...­

    Also, for those on the waitlist, don't worry we're doing this again soon! We've posted our next Sunrise Old Rag hike for September 1st: http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-...­

    Please let us know if you have any other questions, we're here to help!

    1 · June 17, 2013

  • Karen

    am on the waitlist as of now but can take a few folks who can come to the Silver Spring metro station.

    June 8, 2013

    • Sam Jones

      Silver Spring would be perfect!

      June 17, 2013

  • Dave

    Anyone want to share ride? I am driving out of Rockville.

    June 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes I know

      June 13, 2013

    • Sam Jones

      If there is a spot left, I can meet at Grosvenor. Thanks.

      June 17, 2013

  • Sam Jones

    Hello everyone! I can't wait for this hike! Could anyone possibly help out with a carpool from DC? I will of course help towards gas. Thanks!

    May 21, 2013

    • Krystal

      Hi Dave, that sounds perfect! I'll see you at Grosvenor metro station by 11:45pm, and I'll send you a message as we get closer to the hike as well with my contact info just in case.

      June 14, 2013

    • Sam Jones

      Any chance in an extra spot from Grosvenor?

      June 17, 2013

  • Paul A

    Hey all, I'm would like to carpool out of DC, or meetup at Centreville.

    June 16, 2013

  • Ericka

    Anyone want to leave from Ashburn/Sterling/Leesburg area? Need to update my old rag photo for the season.

    June 13, 2013

  • Clark

    I would like to ride share with anyone in the Chantilly, Centerville, Manassas area. I can drive, share gas $$ whatever. Let me know.

    June 10, 2013

  • Priyanga

    Hi folks, Since this hike getting closer and we've got a long waitlist, just wanted to request you update your attendance as soon as possible if you can’t make it. Since attending a night hike may take some advance planning for some, please please be considerate and if you cannot join us change your RSVP to No to give someone else a chance to attend what promises to be an awesome time. No-shows when there's a waitlist make everyone sad :(

    Thanks!

    1 · June 10, 2013

  • Nicole

    Hi! If anyone might be able to offer a ride, I can pitch in for gas and even breakfast if you like! I live in Fairfax. Please let me know EVEN THOUGH I'm on the waitlist... please? Otherwise if I get a spot but no ride I will have to cancel. THANKS! :D

    1 · May 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any chance anyone is driving from DC? I'm happy to pitch in in any way possible to carpool :) I'm happy to meet at any metro, feel free to send me a message

    2 · May 28, 2013

  • Anita

    This is my dream hike!!! Great group too!!

    1 · May 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone drivin from the DC area? :)

    May 21, 2013

  • Eddie Benjamin Ware Jr

    Sounds super!

    2 · May 3, 2013

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