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Old Rag Mountain Hike! (Shenandoah National Park)

Old Rag Mountain Hike!

After last week's successful Great Falls Hike, it's time to kick it into high gear and hike one of the most popular trails in the Shenandoah National Park. First off, while the hike is beautiful and absolutely worth it, it can be strenuous at times and should only be attempted by people in reasonable shape. There is a lot of uphill climbing and you will have to navigate some rocks. That being said, last time I went, there were 12 year old kids and 60 year old ladies hiking the trail, but only you know your own capabilities. The Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group offers a nice description here.

The hike will take a minimum of 4 hours and you should bring some lunch items to eat on the trail. We will meet in the Old Rag Mountain parking lot at 10:30 am. Please note that it will take at least an hour and 45 minutes driving from D.C. It is important that you arrive on time (or better yet, early) because we will be starting promptly at 10:30 am!

Hike Info (borrowed from Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group)

Nearby City: Sperryville
Length: 8 total miles
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Strenuous due to some rock scrambling to the summit (no special gear required for the rock scramble).
Trailhead Elev: 1200 feet
Elevation Gain: 2200 feet
Elevation at Summit: 3291 feet
Highlights: Mile long rock scramble and vistas
Wildlife: Deer, foxes, black bears, skunks, and bobcats

 

-- IMPORTANT MEETUP INFORMATION ---

TRANSPORTATION: You will need a car to get to the trail head. I can offer rides for up to three people in my car. Please leave a message/text me if you would like to grab a ride with me (I'm near the Medical Center Metro on the Red Line).

If you still need a ride, or can offer a ride, please leave a comment below. Note that you will need to get an early start to make it to the trail on time.

LENGTH/DIFFICULTY: The hike will take a minimum of 4 hours to complete. This will be an all day event, so plan accordingly. The hike can be strenuous, but if you are in reasonable shape you'll be fine.

DIRECTIONS: I am borrowing the directions provided by the Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group. Please note that it's 1 hour and 45 minutes from DC to the hike parking lot. Factor in travel time:

Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group Directions

Google Driving Directions

We will meet in the parking lot and walk to the trail head together. If you can't find us, give me a call on my cellphone.

PARK FEE: There is a $15 fee to park and use the trail. It can be paid at the ranger station at the parking lot.

CONTACT: Please do not hesitate to call or text me. My number is (301) 758-1144.

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  • Bladen

    Thanks for coming everybody! It was an awesome hike and a beautiful day.

    April 13, 2013

  • Bladen

    Leaving now. If you arrive before us, just text or call me.

    April 13, 2013

  • Analise

    Sorry! Something came up. :( Maybe next time.

    April 12, 2013

  • Analise

    I need a ride for myself and another person. Anyone still have room in their vehicle?

    April 12, 2013

  • shankar

    I stay in Falls Church VA. Can offer a ride to the ones closer or on the way to the hike.

    April 11, 2013

  • Bladen

    If anybody else is able to offer rides, please don't hesitate to post in the comments.

    April 11, 2013

  • Harold T.

    Hey Bladen, I'm new to this group but was wondering if any more spots were available for a ride?

    April 10, 2013

    • Bladen

      At the moment my car is full, but if anything changes I'll let you know. Richard, if you're reading this, do you happen to have space to offer a ride to Harold?

      April 11, 2013

  • Bladen

    Anybody else need to catch a ride?

    April 10, 2013

    • Laura P

      I'd like to catch a ride.

      April 10, 2013

    • Bladen

      I sent you a PM with my address and info.

      April 11, 2013

  • Tim

    Hey Bladen, can I catch a ride with you?

    April 9, 2013

    • Bladen

      Sure. Just text me and I'll shoot you my address. My house is an 8 minute walk from the Medical Center Metro stop on the Red Line.

      April 9, 2013

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