Old Rag Mountain via Weakley Hollow Fire Road is a 10.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Sperryville, VA that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
Long and winding road, uphill hike, clean easy to follow trail. The typical route to the Old Rag Summit is via the Summit Ridge Trail. Most hikers climb the ridge, and then return to their cars via the Weakley Hollow fire road. For this particular trip, our group intended to do some class 5.0 climbing near the summit, and then camp near the mountain, so we took the fire road instead of the ridge trail. The fire road ends after about 2 miles, and connects with the Saddle trail which consists of a series of switchbacks to the summit. The scenery along the fire road is very wooded, but as you approach the Saddle trail, you will have some nice vistas. I find this hike to be a bit tiring because it is uphill and direct the whole way. I prefer the ridge trail which has a balance of hiking and climbing to keep my mind off of fatique. All in all this is a good trek for someone that wants to bag the Old Rag summit, and not get their knees dirty.
This is a much better choice to get to the summit then the more direct route of the Summit Ridge route. Good warm up and then the last 2.5-3 miles of climbing to get a great view from the top. The Summit Ridge starts with climbing at the trail head and then you get stuck in traffic at the rock scramble.
Great hike, includes some fun scramble areas. Best during the week to avoid any crowds.
Great for those unable to scramble the obstacles of old rag. The first time I complete d old rag was up the "back way". To be honest most people doing the normal old rag trail should be on this trail but oh well. In the end, anyone here would tell you the normal old rag trail kicks butt over this but if you're a weak hiker or can't do the rock scrambles then this is an alternate way to the beautiful summit.
Took fire road trail Jan 5 packed snow enjoyed the hike it gave a new perspective on what normally is boring trail. Just wish we had snow disks so when we got to the crest we could slide down. Will defiantly be on our back next snow day.
Old rag is a tough and extremely rewarding hike.