Elevation

3,284 ft / 1,001 m

Prominence

1,355 ft / 413 m

Summits

65 summits

Top climbing months

October   18%

June   13%

November   10%

Most climbed route

Ridge Trail

Highlights

  • Although by no means the highest mountain in the area, Old Rag is far-and-away the hiking gem of Shenandoah.
  • The classic scramble up Old Rag's craggy granite Ridge Trail holds many surprises including one crux section of class 3 scrambling.
"Ran Old Rag and Robertson Mountain with Weaver. Brutal day of climbing. 4275 feet of elevation gain in only 14 miles. Cold, but clear with beautiful views of Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge. " - runshigleyrun, Feb 3, 2018
"Part of my VA trip. Encountered a bear and cub on the way up. Fun trail with lots of sweeping vistas. Rock scrambles. Mostly hiked with a family of 3 to help out the mom, who was not a hiker. Views from the summit were of the Shenandoah's. Couldn't see far to the west because those mountains blocked any distance views. " - newenglandwarrior, Jun 10, 2016
"Started at trailhead after about a .8 mile walk from parking lot....took the left trail upward which starts the clockwise trip to the top of Old Rag. The first 2 plus miles were a pleasant trek on a lovely fall day.....then the fun started when we hit the first section of rock....there were about three separate sections of intense rock scrambling before we made it to the summit. The way back down was about 5.2 miles and the views were great with nothing near as intense as going up. The leaves were falling, we followed a beautiful running creek and there were some wonderful bridges to" - walteroddo, Nov 4, 2015
"Summit #11 of 12. For a change did this hike starting at the parking lot around 11pm on a clear full moon night. Arrived at the summit about 2:30 am. Relaxed and snoozed on the rocks for a few hours and then headed down about 6:30am. Didn't see a single other hiker until the decent in the morning. What a way to enjoy this peak!" - TheKiltedHiker, Aug 13, 2011

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