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Cain H. on Old Rag Mountain via Weakley Hollow...
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.
Wonderful hike, great for families, 4 kids 4-10 years old made it up and back without being carried. If you do not have the time to drive further into the park the proximity to the Thornton Gap entrance make this hike one of the best for hikers looking for spectacular views. Being a Autumn leaves weekend it was busy so start early if you do not want to wait in line at the entrance.
I took the left trail up and the right one down. Great hike but the only views you get are of surrounding mountain but during fall it's great simply because of the colors. After completing I realized I am in better shape than I originally thought.
Nice hike, the beginning half is mostly upward so it can be difficult if you're not very active or in great shape. The actual overlook was kind of crowded so that took away from it a bit but luckily my girlfriend and I found a nice rock along the way that had a similar view and was solitary so we were able to enjoy it and take it all in.
Relatively easy hike to a nice payoff at the top. View was better than expected. If you have time, there are a few other rocks to climb on at the top to get even better views than the standard viewpoint delivers. Climb the tallest rock in sight (left of main viewpoint) and you'll find a US Geological Survey plaque at the top announcing that you've reached 3,514 feet above sea level (only room for one person on this rock). We also encountered a mother bear and her cubs on the hike back (right by the chimney on the trail), which added another layer of excitement.
This hike was awesome. We were staying in Luray and after days of driving 45+ minutes to trails, wanted to find a good one very close to our park entrance, Thornton Gap. This was a few miles south of the entrance, and I'm so glad we found it!! Not sure why it doesn't have a lot of reviews but it was awesome. Very steep for a little less than a mile on the way up, then intersects with the AT and flattens out. The views were spectacular!!! Almost panoramic view if you climb to the very top. And we saw a baby bear on the trail! Cannot recommend enough (as long as you are ok with a steep climb for the first half), would definitely do again. What a hidden gem!