Mount Rogers Summit

Troutdale, Virginia

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Dispense with the suspense right off: This 5,729-foot monolith of volcanic rock—third loftiest mountain in the Southern Appalachians—is not hard to climb. Yes, you must hike 7 miles to reach it from Grindstone Campground, and, yes, the elevation change hovers around 2,000 feet. This, however, only ranks somewhere between climbing Flat Top Mountain at Peaks of Otter and Three Ridges near Lexington, both mountains 4,000 feet or smaller. In other words, there are tougher climbs out there. But what Mount Rogers lacks in mountaineering daring-do, it easily compensates for in sheer presence, the diversity of its plant and animal life, the breathtaking views across high-country meadows, and, of course, its wild ponies. And to those eager for bragging rights, it affords the modest claim: “I climbed the highest mountain in Virginia.”
Hiking Virginia

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Hiking Virginia

by Bill and Mary Burnham (Falcon Guides)

Dispense with the suspense right off: This 5,729-foot monolith of volcanic rock—third loftiest mountain in the Southern Appalachians—is not hard to climb. Yes, you must hike 7 miles to reach it from Grindstone Campground, and, yes, the elevation change hovers around 2,000 feet. This, however, only ranks somewhere between climbing Flat Top Mountain at Peaks of Otter and Three Ridges near Lexington, both mountains 4,000 feet or smaller.

In other words, there are tougher climbs out there. But what Mount Rogers lacks in mountaineering daring-do, it easily compensates for in sheer presence, the diversity of its plant and animal life, the breathtaking views across high-country meadows, and, of course, its wild ponies. And to those eager for bragging rights, it affords the modest claim: “I climbed the highest mountain in Virginia.”

© 2013 Bill and Mary Burnham/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Troutdale
Distance: 9
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Year round; hunting season busiest between November and January
Additional Use: Hunting
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, Marion; (276) 783-5196; www.southernregion.fs.fed.us/gwj The visitor center is 10 miles north of Troutdale on VA 16.
Local Maps: USGS Whitetop; Mount Rogers High Country & Wilderness map available at the Mount Rogers Visitor Center on VA 16 north of Troutdale; Appalachian Trail Map 1: Mount Rogers National Recreation Area available from Appalachian Trail Conference, Harpers Ferry, WV
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Rogers Summit

Recent Trail Reviews

10/11/2009
1

Great views. Long trail but very easy because of the switchbacks. Will go again when the skies are clearer.


11/1/2008
0

I did this hike in Early November, about three years ago and it was a beautiful, sunny day with a nice autumn chill in the air. I started out from the parking area on Whitetop Road and I think that the round trip was only about 10 miles, so there are shorter routes to take to the summit. It was a great day hike and I would definitley do it again if I found myself in the area. I live about an 8 hour drive away...


12/5/2006
1

An amazing trail for diversity of experience. I did it in late November. On the climb, saunter really, going up there was the lightest dusting of snow mingled with the mosses and amongst the trees and rockfalls. This being November I came upon two hunters. No problems. The meadows and overlooks of the Virginia Highlands Horse Trail are unique in Virginia. The summit is this moss-covered evergreen forest. No views but the sheer volume of chlorophyll almost stings. On the way down I rounded a curve and found myself within 20 feet of a group of ponies. Startling and delighting. Incredible day hike. Don't be daunted by the length or the climb. It's a gentle one. It took me 4:45, and I did some dawdling around the meadows and summit. The trail is well-marked and clear. The only somewhat confusing point is between the AT and the horse trail, and just for a bit.


6/10/2001
1

This is one of the best day hikes in the Appalachian Range. When the Rhododendron are blooming it makes it all the better and well worth the trip. There are no views from the summit of Mt. Rogers. That was very disappointing. White Top (a peak nearby) is a bald and offers great views. There are supposed to be miniature ponies at the Highlands section of the hike, but I didn't see any. Great hike.



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