One of the more spectacular trails in the Shenandoah National Park is climbing up Old Rag Mountain. The Blue Ridge Mountains are some of the oldest Mountain ranges on earth, and the Shenadoah National Park runs right through them. Hundreds of miles of trails spread through the park and it’s 93,000 acres of wilderness.
The climb up Old Rag Mountain leads from the forest floor to very exposed granite boulders. In fact, climbing Old Rag will keep you on your toes as you combat hand over hand climbing. In some instances, there is no trail. A painted white blaze gives you and indication of where to go next. Over, through, and under huge crevises, and boulders. It can demand strenght and balance. You may even need a push, or pull up as the climb up maybe more than you can step.
Start from the parking lot at the end of VA 600. There are two parking areas. Get there early if you don’t want to walk a mile from the overflow parking area to the trailhead. Like 7:00 AM early. This is a difficult hike. Make sure you give yourself enough to get up and then back down again.
Distance: It’s a 8 mile loop up and back. NOT counting the 1 mile hike to the trailhead.
Elevation Gain: 2,473 Feet.