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New Meetup: Hike Old Rag Mountain - SNP, Virginia

From: Mayank
Sent on: Thursday, June 3, 2010 9:11 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for DC/MD/VA Outdoor Adventure Group!

What: Hike Old Rag Mountain - SNP, Virginia

When: Saturday, June 5,[masked]:00 AM

Vienna Metro Station
2900 Nutley St.
Fairfax, VA 22031

ANNOUNCEMENT: HIKE CANCELED for 06/05/2010, Saturday !!

This is unfortunate and sorry to say but there is an isolated thunder storm warning for 4th and 5th of June, Friday and Saturday. Most of the next week is not looking good as well. I will check the weather again for 3rd and 4th weekend of June before deciding on a meet up date. For now, I think it will be better to postpone the hike indefinitely until the rainy season passes by.

Thanks everyone and have a good week end,


Folks that would like a ride or do car pool from Vienna Metro station, please email me so we know whom to expect. The rest should go straight to the meetup place, that is lower Old Rag parking - Visitor Center.

Expected itinerary is:

* 7:40 am - 8am - meet at Vienna Metro Station South-Side Kiss & Ride
* 8:10 am - depart from Vienna Metro Station
* 10:10 pm - arrive at lower Old Rag parking - Visitor Center
* 10:30 am - Hike starts
* 10:30 am - 5:00 pm - Hike (Duration - 6 hrs approx.)
* 5:00 pm - back to lower Old Rag parking - Visitor Center
We can eat some where on our way back (Optional)
* 7:30 - Back to Vienna Metro Station South-Side Kiss & Ride

Click on Map and directions to Vienna Metro Station South-Side Kiss & Ride from Interstate-66 (Exit 62) & Virginia-234/Nutley Street

Fellow Hikers, here are some initial details for the day we hike together to Old Rag Mountain, considered one of the most spectacular hikes in the United States. It is by far the most popular hike on the Blue Ridge to the degree that a farmer?s field had to be purchased for over-flow parking.

Description: Just to make sure you are prepared, while going up hill, there is a significant elevation change and a strenuous rock scramble that requires good upper body strength. There are places where you?ll have to take your pack off to slither through cracks in the rocks, shush along on your butt around a boulder with little or nothing to hold onto, lower yourself down a crag and hip-hop across rocks. But then all this adds to the fun and adventure hiking on Old Rag. However, with more experienced and strong hikers in the group, passing by few difficult parts should not be a problem at all.

OK ? the good side is all of this happens as you near the top. Before that is a pretty steady ascent up a switch-backed footpath. Once to the top, given a clear day, we?ll enjoy a 360 degree panoramic view of the Blue Ridge and will quickly forget the effort required to get to this place. The remainder of the trek is relatively easy. We?ll descend on the back side of the mountain and follow a gravel fire road back to our car.


Hiking length: This is a strenuous 8.0 mile loop.

Hiking Time: Around 6 hours

Elevation Gain: 2,510 ft

Food and Drinks: Once on the circuit trail, there are no water fountains or snack machines on the way. Take at least 2 quarts of water / gatorade per person along with some snacks. Dehydration is one of the most prevalent issues. Although you need to be sure you have plenty of water and food, it is a good idea to pack as lightly as possible.

Attire: It is advisable to dress comfortably and wear sturdy shoes that will support your ankles and allow you to to get a foothold without slipping.

Pets: Pets are strictly forbidden on Old Rag for their own and hikers' safety.

Entrance Fee details are here
1-7 Day Vehicle Fee: $ 15
1-7 Day Individual Fee: $8

Directions: Although Old Rag Mountain is within the boundaries of Shenandoah National Park, most people approach it from the park's eastern boundary. Follow these directions to get to the trailhead:

From Sperryville, Route 211: Take Route 522 south for .8 mile. Turn right onto Route 231 and go 8 miles. Turn right onto Route 601 and follow the signs to the parking area (approximately 3 miles).

From Madison, Route 29 Business: Take Route 231 for 12.8 miles. Turn left onto Route 602 and follow the signs to the parking area (approximately 3 miles).

Following weblink is for directions from Vienna Metro Station to Old Rag Mountain (1 hr 46 mins):,+VA+22031&daddr=Old+Rag+Mountain&geocode=FWUvUQIdAwhl-ykb1qnWiku2iTE19iVN9PknSw%3BFZ8_TAIdggRV-yEoK2E8ZN57Nw&hl=en&mra=ls&sll=38.751941,-77.851868&sspn=0.465872,1.234589&ie=UTF8&ll=38.713376,-77.795563&spn=0.466124,1.234589&t=h&z=10

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Preparing to Hike Old Rag Mountain:

Car pool details will be posted later on after knowing how many people confirm for the hike and where everyone would be coming from. For now I am giving address for Vienna Metro station for car pool, i.e. 2900 Nutley St. Fairfax, VA 22031.

I'll cancel if it's muddy or raining, so check back here a night before the hike, or call my cell phone [masked]) if there is any doubt. It's a good idea to take my number anyway in case we have trouble coordinating.

Looking forward to hike with you all!


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