Mount Rogers Summit Professional Review and Guide
"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.”"