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.
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Live Trail Report as reported on November 22, 2008
thebackpackertv http://piurl.com/oPB : current location had a great hike. on my way home. 9:30 AM Nov 23rd from Twittelator
thebackpackertv http://piurl.com/o9c : current location off mountain 1:16 PM Nov 22nd from Twittelator
thebackpackertv http://twitpic.com/nbb9 – at summit 10:20 AM Nov 22nd from TwitPic
thebackpackertv http://twitpic.com/nbaf – at summit 10:17 AM Nov 22nd from TwitPic
thebackpackertv coverage is in and out. trace of snow on the mountain. 10:04 AM Nov 22nd from Twittelator
thebackpackertv http://piurl.com/o6c : current location i am minutes away from the summit. temp is 30 10:03 AM Nov 22nd from Twittelator
thebackpackertv http://piurl.com/o3U : current location On my way to the SNP. temp. 28 degrees. 5:37 AM Nov 22nd from Twittelator
thebackpackertv http://piurl.com/ntI : current location I will be starting my tomorrow at 9:00 am. thanks for the question. 2:26 PM Nov 21st from Twittelator
thebackpackertv http://twitpic.com/n2pf – http://piurl.com/nph : current location lots if snow in the mountains 9:50 AM Nov 21st from TwitPic
thebackpackertv In Ohio. Will be driving over the Appalachian Mountains in the morning. Snowing here. 9:23 PM Nov 20th from Twittelator