Early start and SLOW hike up Old Rag Mountain.

: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

 

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  • Ronnie L

    Fabulous experience—thanks Mark! Naomi and Kerry, great shooting, prompt uploading (my shots will take a few days). Thanks everyone for your many contributions to the day.

    1 · April 28, 2014

    • Naomi

      I will upload the pic for your mom when I get back home. It was taken with another camera. I just uploaded my corn on the cob ;)

      April 28, 2014

  • Victoria C.

    It was amazing, I'll never forget it.

    1 · April 28, 2014

  • Naomi

    Had a great time for the most difficult hike I've ever had. Thank you all for such a fun hike, especially Mark for making everyone happy...with the lasting smiles :) As I promised, I won't sleep until I finished uploading all pics...really sleepy now.

    1 · April 27, 2014

  • Kerry

    Mark, that was an amazing run with a group that signed up for the SLOW hike. Thank you for your patience, feed and caring of the group!

    2 · April 27, 2014

  • Christina L.

    Amazing day! Great hike - great people! Thanks Mark!

    2 · April 27, 2014

  • Prithvi K.

    I am stuck with last min work I can not make it. I wish I could hike with you.

    April 26, 2014

  • Naomi

    I am looking for a ride from Vienna Metro (Centerville park and ride is doable but Vienna is closer to where I live in Mt. Vernon/Alexandria). I have a tiny coupe so I'd rather not to drive. Happy to share for gas and park entrance fees as well as taking pictures :)

    April 26, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Naomi, Glad to see you where able to find a ride, after todays hike, I am not ready for this one.

      1 · April 26, 2014

    • Naomi

      See you next time Sheri :)

      April 26, 2014

  • Kerry

    Leaving from Kensingtion, MD @ about 6:00 a.m. for 14700 Lee Highway, Centreville if you need a ride. Call my cell[masked]-4277. Tons of room.

    Kerry

    April 26, 2014

  • Valerie

    So sorry if I missed it...but how far is this hike?

    April 26, 2014

  • Pete

    Hi, I would need a ride, I can be at any metro station. Pete

    April 24, 2014

    • Pete

      ok. I thought metro opened at 6. Unless someone is passing by Anacostia metro earlier I will cancel my RSVP. Pete

      April 25, 2014

  • Christina L.

    Can meet in Centerville. Is there room in a car as a passenger? I can contribute to gas!

    April 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    the narrow passages has me concerned, Can a normal sized chunky get through? And is this any worse than Flat Top in Anchorage? for the rock scramble as far a steep.

    April 23, 2014

  • Prithvi K.

    Thanks Sheri, I am 20 mins north of centerville park and ride. You are coming from south it might be long for you to pick me up.

    April 23, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      looking at google, that would be a little over an hour if I put the correct towns in, sorry I can't help you thered

      April 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am willing to give anyone a ride, will even go a little ways out of my way - only problem is I live in Fredricksburg - I am from Florida and I have no clue as to what areas people needing rides are from. Just let me know - Have sunfire seats 4 - 2 in the back if you are short ;-)

    April 23, 2014

  • Prithvi K.

    Anyone coming from Herndon area. It will be a helpful if someone can give me ride :)

    April 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    If I have this day off, I am coming from Fredricksburg - willing to pick up whoever and giving a ride - on the way or not - just let me know.

    April 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be dependent on my work schedule, should get it tomorrow or next.

    April 22, 2014

  • Marcia L.

    I always wanted to do this hike, but I already have another event that I already committed, hope you plan another hike in May, maybe? thanks for organizing anyways :)

    April 22, 2014

  • Lin

    Welcome back Mark!! Thanks for leading. Have a great hike. :)

    April 22, 2014

  • Ronnie L

    Mark, thanks for unofficially guiding. Do you still have space for a Rockville passenger?

    April 22, 2014

  • Victoria C.

    This sounds great for me. Thx!

    April 22, 2014

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