Old Rag Mountain via Weakley Hollow Fire Road

MODERATE 28 reviews
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Old Rag Mountain via Weakley Hollow Fire Road is a 9.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Sperryville, Virginia that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
9.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,421 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

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. 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.

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1 month ago

Gorgeous and crazy fun. It just takes a long time.

hiking
5 months ago

Even though this isn't the full blown scramble route, it was quite a test.
From the parking lot to the top and back its a total of 10.6 miles. It took us 5.5 hours including lunch and a lot of breaks here and there. We averaged about 27-28 minute miles, but were not trying to go quickly.The first few miles along the fire road are really nice as you are walking alongside a stream running over boulders. The fire road is a pleasant stroll.
Once you turn up to the saddle trail things get a lot tougher. It turns into a packed mud road. There are a number of log steps which can be hard on the knees. The grade is probably the steepest here. The next mile or so is probably the toughest part of this route. Once you get beyond that and into the rocks it actually gets a little easier. The scrambling is really just watching where you put your feet. We saw someone fall and twist their ankle. I almost took a fall myself. You don't need to actually pull yourself up or anything like that, just be careful and watch where you are going.
The view from the top is spectacular. Good cell phone coverage which is surprising. We texted some photos and made a call from the top. We took a lunch and enjoyed it on the open flat area at the top. Note that you come to a false peak about 500 feet bellow the actual peak and some people seemed confused by that.

hiking
11 months ago

A much easier way to the top of Old Rag, this is a gradual climb up a fire road from the junction at the old Old Rag parking area. Not as fun but still gets you there to some absolutely spectacular views. There are switchbacks to get you to the top as the elevation change is the same, just over a much longer and flatter ascent.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Awesome!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Great for hiking. Running, well, a quad and hip burning workout

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

A pretty awesome route !! Not easy and fairly daunting to have the summit on the horizon the entire time . Didn't see much wildlife but I'm sure it's out there . The summit is like another world and I really dug being able to get out of the cold at birds nest #1 . Views for days at the top and well worth the effort !

hiking
Sunday, November 20, 2016

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.

hiking
Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Great hike, includes some fun scramble areas. Best during the week to avoid any crowds.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Fun trail

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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

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.

hiking
Sunday, January 06, 2013

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.

hiking
Thursday, July 12, 2012

Old rag is a tough and extremely rewarding hike.

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recorded William “Ryan” Owens

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