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Pretty short hike and straight forward. People are complaining about there being lots of people, I woke up at 430 and hiked up didn't see a single person had the sunrise to myself. You gotta go when no one else wants to, that the trick!

This is easily one of my favorite hikes I’ve ever done. Weather was perfect, very low traffic. The hike was smooth until the rock scramble and then I only had to slow down for a few couples who I followed for a bit to get acclimated to it as I had never done that much scrambling. Luckily they noticed I was moving at a fairly quick pace and happily let me pass once I got comfortable with navigating the boulders. A few false summits but the views there were great. I didn’t realize how gorgeous the view from the true summit was but it totally didn’t disappoint. The walk down the fire road was longer than I thought it would be but it wasn’t unbearable by any means just a little less exciting than the actual trail. 10/10 would hike again but definitely only in late fall/early winter.

Wow! Perfect hike for a fall day. Ranger station said 9.5 miles, app said 8.5 miles, GPS said 9.5 miles. We ran into quite a few hikers, which we didn't mind. I recommend going with someone as some spots were quite difficult. The rock scrambling section was a lot longer and harder than expected. I am 5'9" and I feel like some sections would have been much more difficult if shorter. If you need hiking poles, I don't recommend this hike. You need both hands to help with scrambling and some upper body strength. Wear hiking boots or trail shoes that have good grip, especially if it's wet. Overall great hike, but intense!

Completed this trail along with the named loop. Hiked a total of 3.5 miles.

Logged 3.5 miles from the Upper to the Lower Parking areas. Very nice views along this loop. The Appalachian Trail was very icy in spots.

The earliest you start the better. The more people on the trail the longer the bottleneck line is!

Awesome rock scramble

This is an awesome trail with beautiful mountain views. The rock scrambles were challenging and the trail had many unique features. The hike took us about 5 hrs and 15 minutes to complete. We started at 8 AM. Almost 3000 ft of elevation gain. We had enough energy to do a shorter hike afterwards.

Not too long, not too short. Has equal amount ease and steepness to challenge you!

Hike this trial yearly. Trail can get really crowded with inexperienced hikers causing long lines at the rock scrambles. I recommend hiking in in the off season or at night to catch the sunrise and to avoid crowds. If you do the sunrise hike it takes about 2-3 hours, depending if your hiking abilities, from the parking lot to the submit. I do not recommend this hike to those that are not physically fit, or able to do some minor rock climbing.

TONS of water and high water crossings on Nov 25th. Had to take our shoes off and wade knee deep in ice cold water. Make sure you take poles and water shoes for water crossings on this hike! Lots of climbing up front which was awesome. We added another loop to make it a 9.5 mile hike. Took our large group 5.5 hours to complete.

Amazing views, worth the challenging uphill hike! Extremely windy at the top, careful with the wind gusts when close to the edge!

This is definitely a hard trail. Mostly for the rock scrambling part. You can still get to the summit without the rocks if you park at the other parking lot and walk from the Berry Hollow fire trail. The rock scrambling is lots of fun and lots of work for a short woman like me. But totally worth it!

This is an amazing trail for the entire family. It is labeled easy, but I’d call it moderate for children or out of shape individuals. The trail leads to an unbelievable view and some cool features. Definitely a must for the family or for anyone that wants to hike but isn’t prepared to go very far in. Bring some lunch, and enjoy the views while you dine :)
*Not stroller or wheelchair friendly :(

Also parked at end of Horsehead Rd and did trail clockwise. Skyline Drive was closed that day because there had been an ice storm 4 days before. So on the trail there were lots of blowndown branches and limbs- but all were passable. Even had some areas of ice on trail, but more crunchy than slick. Hike up Trayfoot was long but not too steep - a good workout. Since leaves were off the trees, I had lots of good views both east and west since much of time on a ridgeline. Got to BlackRock summit and it was spectacular views in many directions. I was only one around and it was special to have the summit to myself. Hike down Paine Run trl was uneventful - it is more like a fire road. However, due to this season of rain, I had 2 water crossings going up and 3 coming down. Passable with water shoes ( came up just short of knee) but water was really cold. Total distance was 10.5 miles

hiking
14 days ago

Super easy hike, amazing views but super crowded at the top (even in 22 degree weather!). We had our two dogs with us and we passed lots of other dogs on the way, so make sure your furry friends are well behaved!

awesome views!!

hiking
15 days ago

The hike up will definitely get your heart pumping. The view from the top is fantastic. Worth the hike!

Our favorite hike of all time!!

Excellent, a little icy on this Thanksgiving Day, poles will help.

Little crowded with hikers but totally worth the hike. Wish I spent more time at the summit relaxing because the view is stunning

hiking
20 days ago

Did this trail a few days after snowfall in SNP. Skyline Drive was closed so needed a good access point into the park. This was it.

Snow. Lots of it. I should’ve brought my spikes, but didn’t think nearly the entire trail would be snow. I’d say 95% of the trail was snow. The rest was mud.

I did this route counterclockwise. I’m a fairly in-shape hiker and am glad I did it that way. Grabbed more gradual elevation gain in the forest (felt like the forest went on forever) and was rewarded by a decent vista and view of the falls.

Not sure I’d do this one again. Might be better in the spring/summer.

Best trail EVER.

First time hiking Old Rag on Veteran’s Day (Sunday 11/11). Arrived around 8am. Parking lot was pretty empty. My friend and I took the first few miles at a quick pace, passing families and the more leisurely hikers. Rock scrambles were challenging, required arm strength and strategic foot placement. At one point, a line formed at one of the trickier scrambles. Last 3 or so miles of the loop is a flat service road, slightly boring... until you get close enough to the stream near the end. Total time for 4.5 hours for us, even with some waiting in line. Would love to do again!

A great hike with a rock scramble (from a crawl to a climb). It has switchbacks up the mountain until the rock scramble, then a nice descent with some hop in it until you get to a flat(er) road that leads back to the parking lot.

rock scrambling is the best.

Don’t let the short distance fool you, this trail is great! The rock scramble at the top is pretty awesome and the views are just spectacular! A great place to watch the sun go down!

Nice moderate hike. The trail was pretty narrow most of the way. We felt very secluded. I don't think we passed but maybe two other hikers while we were on the trail. Really beautiful views at the top.

Beautiful overlooks throughout, challenging rock scrambles and a well maintained fire road on the way back

So I’m not opposed to fire road trails and this one is about half and half pretty rocky with lots of stream crossings. Be aware the All Trails map calls the entrance fire road Jinny Gray Road, but the trail markers and signs call it Kayseri Run Fire Road.

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