Old Rag

Sperryville, Virginia

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A climb to the top of one of the park’s most famous peaks presents incredible views from the summit. The rocks of Old Rag are among the park’s oldest. Billions of years ago, the granite that forms the crest of Old Rag was thousands of feet underground.With time, the rocks uplifted to the point where they now perch atop this 3,268-foot mountain. At the same time, the igneous rock that once surrounded today’s boulders eroded and exposed them. Seeing these rocks shrouded in all the various weather conditions is one of the rewards of hiking to the summit of Old Rag. Another reward includes completing a quick self-taught course in “Rock Climbing 101” as you scramble over and under boulders. Just be sure not to climb on days when the rocks are wet. No pets are allowed on the Ridge Trail or the Saddle Trail.
Hiking Shenandoah National Park

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Hiking Shenandoah National Park

by Bert & Jane Gildart (Falcon Guides)

A climb to the top of one of the park’s most famous peaks presents incredible views from the summit.

The rocks of Old Rag are among the park’s oldest. Billions of years ago, the granite that forms the crest of Old Rag was thousands of feet underground.With time, the rocks uplifted to the point where they now perch atop this 3,268-foot mountain. At the same time, the igneous rock that once surrounded today’s boulders eroded and exposed them. Seeing these rocks shrouded in all the various weather conditions is one of the rewards of hiking to the summit of Old Rag.

Another reward includes completing a quick self-taught course in “Rock Climbing 101” as you scramble over and under boulders. Just be sure not to climb on days when the rocks are wet. No pets are allowed on the Ridge Trail or the Saddle Trail.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sperryville
Distance: 9.2
Elevation Gain: 1,100 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 10 hours
Season: Spring to Fall
Trailhead Elevation: 2,300 feet
Top Elevation: 3,400 feet
Local Contacts: Shenandoah National Park
Local Maps: National Geographic Trails Illustrated Topographic Map 228; Map 10, Appalachian Trail and Other Trails in Shenandoah National Park, Central District
Topo Map: Old Rag Topographic Map
Guide Book: Hiking Shenandoah National Park Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

7/9/2011

Amazing Hike, very strenuous, you must be somewhat in condition to do this hike. We went on a Saturday & there were alot of hikers, I always feel better, when there are alot of people around. I am short 5" & there was 2 spots I wouldn't be able to complete without a little help, due to reach & short legs. The view was spectacular & we had a great day. This hike took us 7 hrs. There is a extra walk to the trailhead I don't think they counted.

1/29/2011

Absolutely stunning views and overlooks. We did this in the ice and snow which is nothing to joke about, the trail in those conditions is very challenging. However, in the dry weather you can take the trail more light heartedly.

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