Old Rag Mountain Trip Report (#19232)
- Signed By: Jon Johndrow of New Bern, NC, USA
- Date submitted: September 27, 2006
- Number of People Encountered:11-25 people
- Recommend to a Friend: Highly
The first two climbs were both on cloudy days. Although the views were limited, there was an unearthly beauty to the ridge with wisps of clouds, blowing across the boulders and an empty gray sea on either side. Even without the vistas, the hike was well worth the effort.
On the third climb, it at first seemed like we would be in the clouds yet again. However, at the summit, it was like a shade was drawn. The clouds parted and left us with a stunning westward view of the valley and mountains of Shenandoah.
Descent is completely different from the rock scramble of the ascent. After a rather steep trail on the backside of the mountain, the return hike is mostly fire roads through a beautiful evergreen forest. A rather strenuous hike by Appalachian standards, but well worth the effort.