Hey Super Troopers!!!
With its challenging ascent and gorgeous, sweeping 360-degree views at its summit (3,291 feet), Old Rag is the best hike in Shenandoah National Park!
Um, this isn’t exactly a leisurely, romantic walk in the clouds…it’s more of a strenuous, uphill, physical, and challenging hike with an elevation gain of 2,200 ft. It should take us about 4-5 hours (8.8-miles of smiles) to complete. To make this hike more enjoyable, we’ll take our time going up and down the mountain. Trail Map
Our hike will start with a 2-mile ascent along the Ridge Trail. The first mile is pretty simple - a winding trail that pushes us upwards. At about mile 1.2, the real fun begins, when we run into a .9-mile stretch of rock scramble with a consistent incline. The rock scrambling isn’t easy, but isn’t incredibly tough either. But it’s definitely a total-body workout!!
At the top, we'll stay a while to relax, to have lunch, to gaze across the horizon in wonder, and to enjoy the beauty of it all. The summit is a cool place with its huge granite boulders that will lend an air of adventure to our lunch break. Our relatively easy decent will take us down the backside of the mountain via the Saddle Trail (2 miles) and the Fire Road (2.5 miles).
As you know--we care about you! We don’t want you to get hurt or get yourself into any trouble, but it’s ultimately up to you to keep yourself safe up there. You can do this by knowing your limits, so make sure you are physically able to do this hike. If you have doubts about your physical ability, you might want to try one of our less strenuous walks/hikes
Driving: We’ll meet up at 9:00am at the Vienna Metro Station-NORTH parking garage (first level), which is along the Orange Line and Interstate-66 for carpooling purposes. From here, we'll head west towards the mountains (75 miles, 90 minutes). We’ll be back around 6:00pm.
What to bring: yourself, plenty of water (2 liters), a good lunch, some fruit, a granola bar or two, comfy hiking shoes, and cool sunglasses. As always, if you have questions, need a ride, going to be late, or just want to say hello, my number is (301) 712-5880.
Hope you'll come to the dance!