Old Rag - 9-mile Dayhike with a Post Hike Meal and Art Gallery!

  • March 3, 2013 · 6:45 AM
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Get your head out of bed and onto the trails bright and early and let the cool winter air awake you! That's right, you don't want to miss this dayhike to one of the most popular trails in the mid-Atlantic region, Old Rag. During the winter months this 8.8 mile circuit hike, complete with long steep climbs and hand-over-hand rock scrambles, becomes even more complex and challenging to navigate to the rewarding views. Due to the potential added hazards that mother nature can bring (rain, snow, ice) in March, this hike is only for EXPERIENCED Winter hikers. I will monitor the weather and trail conditions.

To participate in this hike you MUST:
- Have participated in other Washington Backpacker trips within the last year
- Be physically fit enough for strenous hikes with rock scrambles
- Bring MICROspikes and wear hiking boots with ankle support
- Wear warm layers (we may linger and explore the summit) - no cotton!
- Bring enough water (min. 3L recommended) and snacks to stay hydrated and energized

We'll warm up by walking a mile down the road from the parking lot to the trailhead. We'll turn left onto the Ridge Trail (blue trail blazes) and ascend for 2 miles via 9 switchbacks before reaching the strenuous rock scrambles that take us to the summit. Then we'll descend by way of the Saddle trail (contiuning to rock hop), past the Byrds Nest Shelter and the Old Rag Shelter, to Weakley Hollow Fire Road for a long 4 mile hike back to the Old Rag parking area. After the hike we'll jump in our cars and head over to nearby Griffin Tavern (off Rt 522 in Flint Hill, VA) for a scrumptious post hike meal (http://www.griffintavern.com). And if time allows we'll wonder upstairs to check out the Art Gallery by local artist Ben Mason.

Visitors hiking Old Rag must have a valid Shenandoah National Park entrance permit. You can purchase permits and yearly passes from Rangers when present, or via self-pay at the Old Rag Fee Station. Links to information on the hike:
http://www.hikingupward.com/snp/oldrag/ and http://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/upload/old_rag_area.pdf

Some people may have a permit (for up to 4 adults in their car), so please note if you have a permit and people can pay a few extra dollars to offset your investment.

I am going to keep this small and managable for me so I'm limiting it to 10 people. We'll meet at the carpool location at 6:30-6:45am and leave promptly at 7am.  


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  • Mike M

    Excellent all around.

    2 · March 3, 2013

    • Michelle A.

      Glad you could join Mike, it was nice seeing you again! It was a fun day all around, is right! Looking forward to the next one!

      1 · March 4, 2013

    • Mike M

      Glad I was able too as well. Excellent leading and excellent group of people. Glad to have spent the day with everyone.

      March 4, 2013

  • Kelly B.

    Such a blast folks- thank you all for being so fun and interesting! Special shout out to the incredible lead-Michelle! Lots of firsts today, you did an awesome job start to finish!

    2 · March 3, 2013

    • Michelle A.

      Ah thanks Kelly! As always, I love being on the trails with you. Next time though, we need more trail tunes ;) not nearly enough this weekend. Though the trail was half the distance....

      1 · March 4, 2013

  • Mike M

    5 mins

    March 3, 2013

  • Mike M

    On 66

    March 3, 2013

  • Heather C.

    I over did it yesterday and my back is not going to be up to a rock scramble tomorrow. I hope this is in time for someone else to get off the waiting list. Have fun.

    March 2, 2013

  • KingsleyC

    have fun! next time.

    March 2, 2013

    • Michelle A.

      Get better! Ice maybe or at least rest.

      March 2, 2013

  • Mike M

    Will meet you at Dunkin Donuts carpool location. Dont have a pass, but perhaps i can car pool from there with someone or drive someone from there or actually buy a new pass for this year. See you Sunday.

    March 1, 2013

    • Michelle A.

      great, i think between the people meeting at dunkin donuts we have 3 passes (me, Po, and Anthony) so we'll likely take 2 cars and will have plenty of passes to go around

      March 1, 2013

  • Michelle A.

    All, weather looks good for Sunday http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Sperryville&state=VA&site=LWX&textField1=38.67&textField2=-78.25&e=0

    Please note with all the rain last weekend there could still be some snow and icy areas on the trail! Its still winter so gloves, hats, etc are a must have!

    March 1, 2013

  • Heather C.

    Hey Michelle! Looks like good weather for us. I live in the Old Rag area, what time should I plan on meeting you all at the trail head?

    March 1, 2013

    • Michelle A.

      Great! Plan to be at the trailhead[masked], if we leave the meetup location on time

      March 1, 2013

  • Michelle A.

    All, I know there is a lot of interest for this hike and sorry I wont be able to take all of you that are on the waitlist. I will plan to do a re-do of this trip at the end of March or April. If anyone dropped out before then and you meet the requirements for this hike you are welcome to join. So stay tuned!

    February 25, 2013

  • Anthony

    If welcoming passengers from Centreville park and ride, please count me in. I have a NPS pass. I'd gladly help with gas.

    February 11, 2013

  • Po C.

    I've got a roomy 4Runner, an iPod with good music, and a Shenandoah National Park pass. Just sayin'.

    February 11, 2013

    • Michelle A.

      I like your style and driving. I am in and can share gas $$. I also have a pass if we need it for another car.

      1 · February 11, 2013

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