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as of this morning the trail was pretty well cleared of storm damage from a few week ago

I have done this three times, each of the last three years, it is always best in the fall, but doing it in December means less crowds. The loop is a better way to do it, although the distance is closer to 11 miles that way. Going straight up and down means fighting the crowds coming up through the scramble, which is not fun for either direction. If you are doing it in the summer or fall, I strongly recommend avoiding the weekends or starting early. Arriving around 0800 will leave you waiting in lines on the weekend that can stretch for an hour or more at the start of the scramble. This hike is a lot of fun and a real sense of community develops along the way. Not good for pets at the scramble. Make sure to pack a lunch and enjoy the view at the top.

Amazing hike. The rock scramble is tough but great fun.

loved it!

There is something to be said for going on this hike in the winter....there are no leaves...you can see the falls on the entire hike. It was beautiful ...we are new to hiking...but we went to the top...no problem....would definitely do this again. trying spring next time!

trail is clearly marked, nice for a short, day hike. would definitely go again!

spet and oct 2017 i did a ton of trails from this site with in WV, VA, TN, GA, NC & SC. i don't to 10 20 mile trails i like doing short trail up to 8 miles. i look for rewards than 20 total miles and this trail has a lot of rewards. don't miss out.

So fun! The scrambling is challenging but fun. Gorgeous in the fall.

My girlfriend and I went this morning despite it being cool outside (29 degF). Great views of the water falls from multiple locations on the trail! Some icy areas but overall pretty easy climb and descent. Highly recommend stopping at the rock cave about half way up

Another great day hike. Took my gf and her son out for the day and had a blast. Heavily trafficked, but you’re still able to find your own space

Great hike. Good difficulty level going up, with interesting rock scramble. Nice walk down the trail to cool down and relax

I love this trail. I try to do it about once a week. I wouldn’t say it’s challenging at all but it very pretty and peaceful. The boardwalks are well maintained and it almost always has some light foot traffic so it feels very safe

One of my favorite hikes to do!! Challenging in a good way!

The trails are so well marked, it’s easy to combine for extra mileage, and fun to remember your color order(red,blue,red,purple, red, orange etc) nothing particularly challenging but it’s neat to see how different the vegetation can be on the different trails.

This was the most fun trail I’ve done. Getting ready to do again soon. Challenging? Yes. Doable? Most definitely. Just do your due diligence and wear gloves with some traction to help get you up some rocks as many areas are slippery due to the amount of traffic it gets. Also, eat and drink what your body needs before, during and after or else you can cramp up, etc.
Stop and enjoy the scenery. I prefer to start early to avoid most of the crowd.

Excellent and challenging trail for my wife and I ! I'd say it was made much more difficult after the prior night dropped an inch of snow. Areas were icy, which made the rock scramble harder than needed to be but good teamwork saw us pass the test. by far the longer and hardest trail for a couple in early 40s (most everyone we saw easily 10 yrs our junior), but fun and quite rewarding. Awesome views a bonus!

Fairly slick with some ice and snow on the rocks, but the trail and views were great. Highly recommend!

I went on this trail with my son's Boy Scout troop in October of 2017. The trail was awesome. Great views and great rock formations. If you don't like boulder hopping then this isn't the trail for you. So pack a lunch and hike to the top and find a spot to enjoy the views and lunch!

Didn't get to hike because no dogs allowed :(

Best hike I’ve had so far. Definitely worth going in the off season, hardly any traffic. Went with a group of friends and we definitely built a stronger bond because we used a lot of teamwork due to the obstacles(ice, rain, height difference, experience, etc.)

1 month ago

Hiked this trail in the rain, which got a little dicey at times, but it was definitely worth it! Because of the weather we only saw only about 4 or 5 other people on the trail the entire day. The downside was that we could hardly see anything from the top of Old Rag due to all the fog, but it was still a really fun hike.

great hike

Definitely my favorite place I have been hiking. I am 19, 5’7”, and around 180lbs so im not in the best shape, but I have a passion for scrambling. It was 10° when I got there but after about a half hour of hiking I actually needed to remove my hoodie! I see people mentioning the need for significant upper body strength but imo it wasnt really as important as people chalked it up to be. One thing that did cause some problems: My height. There are a few points where you need to scale the face of a boulder and the shorter you are, the harder it is (Though I managed to get by). Another thing that happened was about halfway through the scrambling my calves began to “lock” into place and hurt whenever I plantar flexed (bent foot toes facing down). I had a sports drink with me which reduced the problem in a matter of minutes, so if you arent used to this type of terrain, I highly recommend you bring something with plenty of electrolytes in addition to water. I would say as long as youre prepared, and somewhat in shape (but willing to push yourself), this is a hike worth making the trip for!

Great trail with some fun rock scrambles. I went up the rocks which was more fun and am sure safer as well when out alone. I like the solitude of trail hiking so did the loop at about 8:30 and took me about 3.5 hours of moving fairly quick and and only saw maybe 12 people. Best getting the popular trails done in the off season. Will definitely be a trail I’ll have friends do as well.

Busy but one of my favorite hikes

Just amazing views at the top. Love the rock scramble. Very busy trail. The fire road, which is the last 5 miles of the loop is rather boring, but it allows you to rest after scrambling.

must have strength of Steven seagal for the top portion of this trail.

Lovely, kid friendly path that ends at Monticello. No dogs on the board walk, but there are a few trails that branch off.

More difficult of a trail, but well worth it when you get to see the gorgeous views at the summit. Recommend to bring snacks and plenty of water for this hike because it’s an all day adventure. I’ve done this trail twice now and it’s something I always look forward to doing again.

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