Mount Rogers Trail is a 10.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Troutdale, VA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from February until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Beautiful hike. We were here in March, so missed all of the amazing blooms, but got to see lots of wild ponies - kids were super excited to see them.
Beautiful trail! Camped the night before. Only downside was at there was a 15+ person group camping near us that was loud until 11pm.
Super awesome well maintained trail. Lots of rocks so be prepared for some trekking but over all an easy trail that the family can do with older kids. Lots of wild ponies and AMAZING views.
We love this trail! It is very rocky in sections and can be a challenge, but we always enjoy it.
This trail combines beauty with difficulty. What more could you ask for. I have hiked this a couple of times, didn't make it all the way the first 2 times. but the third time was a charm and because it was a nice peaceful hike I keep going back.
Awesome hike/run. Wild Wild horses...
It was a fairly simple trail. No view. But it is the tallest mountain in Virginia. About as close to being in Colorado as you'll get in Virginia.
I completed the Mount Rogers Trail starting at Rd. 603 (Laurel Valley Rd.) and went to the top. It was 6.5 miles to the top. This was a fairly easy gradual ascent. The trail was clearly marked with blue blazes except for 2 miles of white blazes where the trail became part of the Appalachian Trail. This was a very shaded walk that got kind of rocky after 2.5 miles in. There were plenty of signs pointing the way to other side trails. Within a mile from the top there were great views of mountains and valleys. There are no panoramic views from the top but it was gorgeous. There were plenty of fresh berries at the junction that leaves the AT to go to the peak. The AT peeled out into a meadow at 2 points on this hike so on the way back I came out of the woods following blue blazes and was able to go back into the woods and back onto the AT for a nice variation on the way back that had even more scenic views into North Carolina. I did create 2 tracks, one up and one down.
Absolutely beautiful! The trail is fairly easy if you do any basic level of hiking. The trail is very clearly marked and there is tons of shade and even water during the summer (I'm from CA, so the shade was AMAZING). Our (out of shape) American Bulldog/Mastiff did this with us, and boy was he hurting at the end. Bring lots of water, and shoes with great grip, since the little streams do go over the rocks on the trail sometimes. There are also lots of loose rocks towards the top.
Great trail, walked from Massey gap to Mt. Rogers & back.
Best scenery in Virginia.
Trails marked clearly. Big difference form 30 years ago, just maps and compass then.
I rode a wild pony.
My favorite spot on the East Coast. There is a pretty good elevation gain from Rt 603 at the trail head to the Summit. Bring plenty of water for this 7 mile climb. There are extraordinary views all along the way but the balds near the summit are the best. Great places to camp all around the Thomas Knob shelter and a nice spring there too. If camping it is wise to slip off of the balds down into the woods. You'll find good sites with fire rings and shelter from the wind.
Rough packed this trail for two days. Camping at Rhodedendron gap was a serious feat with gusting winds of more than 40 mph. Had a hard time getting even the small tent up! Views are fantastic but be sure to pack enough water. Very little water along the trail.
There is no greater way to summit the highest point of VA than a couple nights in the clouds. We followed the AT North past Wise Shelter and connected with Pine Mountain Trail where we camped the first night overlooking Stone Mountain. Continued on day 2 down Lewis Fork Trail on to Mt. Rogers Trail and then back up to connect with the AT. Up to Mt. Rogers and then camped at Rhododendron Gap. Back to the cars on day 3 by way of the AT on Wilbur Ridge.
I hope you would enjoy the Wild Ponies, unlimited supplie of wild blueberries and blackberries and amazing scenery as much as I did. The very berry cobler on night 2 was a worthwhile treat. It always pays to hike with a chef. You will want to hike in August if you want to catch the berries at their best.
The only other hint is to prepare for rapidly changing weather.
Nice hike beautiful view from the balds. Cool seeing the wild ponies. well marked and kept trail. Winter hike was cold and wet but fun