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Skyline to Old Rag Mountain Loop is a 18 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Luray, Virginia that offers the chance to see wildlife and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and backpacking and is best used from March until November.

Length 18.0 mi Elevation gain 4,566 ft Route type Loop

Backpacking

Hiking

Running

Forest

Views

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

No dogs

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Orlis Perla
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THIS IS NOT 15.2 MILES MORE LIKE 18.5!!!! Awesome hike with tons of animals white tail deer, frogs and even a headless rat! Have plenty water. It took about 9 hours and a half. We also took a break at some point.

Deepak Shah
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we did this trail last Autumn during fall foliage..You have two choice to do this trail..one which is little tough where you can do rock scrambling and other way you can avoid rock scrambling..both trail will take you to summit

Sean McGuinness
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brutal uphill on the way back, but absolutely worth the scramble section! one of the coolest things i have ever done.

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Jorge Galindo
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Alicia Gonzalez
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Right now the scramble is a bit wet from the rain. We did this counter clockwise but turned around after a few stretches of the scramble because the rock was wet and it didn't seem safe. Wonderful hike though! I can't wait to do the whole thing. Bring a rain shell and rain pants at this time of year. Showers were forecast yesterday but it turned into all out rain by mid afternoon.

Yutong Yang
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Great hiking. This is my third trail in Shenandoah National park. It took me 8 hours to finish it. I started at 10am which was a little too late since the sunset was at 6:30pm..... Prepare enough time before it gets dark or take light with you. Lots of fire road though. My favorite part is old rag ridge trail.

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Paul Newall
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Hiking

Very challenging but rewarding hike! It’s a great way to see Shenandoah - you hike down to some creeks (beware the spider webs!), begin the challenging climbs, and take on the rock scramble on Old Rag. It’s definitely a big effort but we loved it

Andrew Sonnet
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Matt Vanderwerff
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This is a great, challenging hike and can be a good training hike for longer adventures or trips out West. It's not clear from the description, but be aware that a significant portion of these miles are on fire roads/forest service roads. If you don't want to carry all your water, be sure to grab water at the Brokenback run crossing before heading up Old Rag--it's your last chance for most of the rest of the hike.

Dane Brown
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HikingScramble

What a hike! This was our longest hiking adventure to date - we started at the Limberlost trailhead, hiking down Old Rag Fire Road to complete the full Old Rag loop in the counter-clockwise direction for a total of ~14.6 miles. The hike, including numerous breaks for rest, snacking, and taking in the sights, took a total of 10 hours. We completed the hike on a Friday (5/17/19) and often found ourselves alone to enjoy the natural beauty. We did even have a bear cub run out in front of us on the trail! After slowing things down to make sure Mom wasn’t near we kept moving with no issues. The summit views on both Old Rag and Robertson Mountain were worth the mileage, offering truly panoramic views of the park. The rock scramble (completed after the summit of Old Rag) was a new experiment for my wife and I - a very fun and new challenge. Definitely be prepared to exert some more upper body than on a typical hike. The descent down Old Rag immediately followed by the ascent of Robertson was the most difficult portion, we slowed down the pace here. Having hiking poles to take some of the pressure off the legs on these portions is highly recommended. The stretches of hiking between the summits did become repetitive at times and several were primarily gravel (the only reason for 4 vs. 5 stars). However, all of the trails were well maintained! A great way to experience Shenandoah!

Corinne Wohner
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Completed 04/03/19 - My 29th Birthday! . This trail was by far the hardest trail I’ve ever done personally, but with that being said; it was by far the best experience I’ve had while hiking to a summit! If you decide to take the counter clockwise route and head strait to the bolder scramble, the trail is a bit strenuous and you will likely exert a good bit of energy here, so take a slower pace. Beware for those who have little legs or less upper body strength, the rock scramble will be more difficult and you will likely need assistance if you have never done this type of thing; its requires some had over hand climbing on slippery rock faces. I’m a 5”3, 130lbs, I had to have my boyfriend give me a hand up more then a few times! Overall it was really fun and I will be doing it again in the future, see ya there! :P

Joe Greer
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Hiking

Amazing hike! Completed 10/10/18. Started at the Limberlost Trailhead and took that to the Old Rag Fire Road to Weakley Hollow. Same route on the return after the clockwose loop. The 7 hour round trip with a few quick stops to eat, drink and enjoy the views. Prepare for a strenuous work out on the return trip to Skyline Dr. on the Old Rag Fire Road after completing the Old Rag Mountain section. Was sure I would encounter some bears or other wildlife on this trek but it was very quiet and solitary with exception of a few whitetail deer. Would do it again but would like to try one of the alternate routes to Old Rag such as Berry Hollow, Robertson Mountain or Corbin Hollow Trails. Cheers!

Luc Cibischino
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Brett Irwin
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Dixon O.
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William Dorman
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Kim Pourkhomami
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Chris O
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Heidi Roche
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Andrew Sonnet
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Eric Reebel
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Jakob P.
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David Lucas
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Kevin Gutierrez
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Kevin Gutierrez
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