:Are you new to hiking, out of shape from the winter, or just feel like you are always at the back of the pack? Then this hike is for YOU!
Weather forecast as of 9:30am Friday: Sunny, with a high near 68. North wind around 7 mph. This will be a PERFECT day on Old Rag!
I will be posting MORE of these Old Rag Hikes, every couple of weeks until it gets really hot. These will be cancelled in the event that the forecast calls for lightning. I will be posting an occasional night-hike up old rag to watch the sunrise from the top.
The Park Service charges $8 per person, but I have an annual pass that can cover everyone in my car. If anyone else has an annual pass, bring it and you can bring in 3 others with you at no cost. Depending on how many passes we have in total, we may be able to avoid paying any entrance fees. If not, we'll figure it out when we arrive.
We will start early, and take our sweet time hiking up the ridge trail. We will eat lunch/snack on the summit, perhaps rest a bit, then head back down via the saddle trail. I will add more details later today, but the the plan is to meet at Centerville park and ride near stone road (14700 Lee Highway, Centreville) at 7:00AM. I will be able to pick up anyone coming from Germantown or Rockville at about 6:00, and There will also be a meeting point at Vienna North Metro station at 6:30. Again, more details later. Save the date now!
I can take 3 passengers, and have room for packs. There will be other drivers willing to take passengers, so no limit on the number of hikers. It's always nice to offer your driver a couple of bucks for gas, if you are so inclined. It is not required, though, as everyone's finances are different.
I am not acting as an offical guide, but I have hiked Old Rag nearly 200 times, so I know the trail and the mountain very well.
I suggest packing these items in your pack: Gloves (for the hand over hand climbing in the rough granite,) at least 2 liters of water, snacks or lunch as you see fit. You won't want to carry anything in your hands, so a back-pack, day-pack or large waist-pack is suggested. A small camera would be great also. I do not recommend carrying a DSLR, due to weight and the chance of damage. There is a list of other suggested items further down this page.
Hiking Boots recommended, as well as thick hiking socks.
Even though it starts cool in the morning, you will get warmed up quickly.
Sunscreen is a must!
I can pick up anyone in Germantown or Rockville at 6:00 or 6:15, contact me directly for this.
I'd like to hit the road at 7:00, so please arrive a few minutes prior to 7:00 at Centerville. If you will be a couple of minutes late, please call my cell, and we can wait a minute or two. Please don't be late, but I know things happen sometimes. My cell number is two four zero - two seven one - two zero zero zero. Phones won't work too far past Warrenton, so any coordinating will need to be done before 7:30 or so.
The Old Rag Parking lot is located: SR600/Nethers Rd. [masked], [masked]
If you prefer to meet up there.
We should be arriving about 8:30 at the Old Rag Parking Lot. There are jiffy johns in the parking lot, generally clean, though no guarantees.
See the site for more information: http://www.hikingupward.com/snp/oldrag/
Leave a comment or message me with any questions.
There will be some hand over hand climbing, but there are always people around to help if you need a hand here or there. As long as you are able to hike, we'll get you through the tough spots. It's not an easy hike, but we will be going slow.
ANY backcountry hike should prompt one to have at LEAST the following in their pack: 1. Navigation (map and compass) 2. Sun protection (sunglasses and sunscreen) 3. Insulation (extra clothing) 4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight) 5. First-aid supplies 6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candles) 7. Repair kit and tools 9. Nutrition (extra food) 9. Hydration (extra water) 10. Emergency shelter (tarp, bivy bag, space blanket) One never knows what emergency one will have or witness. An emergency on Old Rag Mountian can easily mean a 4-6 hour wait for first responders to arrive, and an additional 2-24 hours for extraction for a non-ambulatory patient. If you can make it out, that is always your best bet. Thanks to Bob Look for the list. See his advice for Old Rag climbers and back-country hikers at: http://oldragpatrolsbyrsl-blook.blogspot.com/search/label/Advice