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we started at high knob tower at about 8:30 on Saturday morning. Carrying a backpack, we hiked to Bart Camp Lake and camped for the night. Sundays hike was real easy. I woyld definately do it again

trail running
3 days ago

I ran the trail today in 4 hours. It was amazing! started at Reid's Gap just as many did. I've run a portion of this trail before, but wanted to knock out the whole loop today. It has very technical terrain and even more so with the snow and some icy spots left from other people packing the snow down - so down hill traveling was very slow. I kept going past the Mau-Har Trail and followed the AT down to the highway (not sure how long that leg was) and the turned around and went back up, this time turning onto the Mau-Har trail. I was not expecting that portion to be as difficult as it was...very steep most of the way up and I was already tired. It was very refreshing to complete the loop and get back to the car by the end!

muddy
snow
4 days ago

Went for a trail run/hike MLK weekend. The trail was well worn. Some areas were muddy, slick, and still snow covered, but nothing boots or goretex trail shoes with gaiters can't handle.

I started on the upper Orange ridge trail, went to the peak, and loved the view. I added a few meters of "bonus adventure trails," thanks in part to snow but mostly me not paying attention. I completely blew past both switchback areas mentioned in the comments:

-The first is a rather clearly marked switchback on Orange; there is an emblazoned forked tree trunk and a small wall of rocks to guide you though in snow it was not clear and there is a trail of sorts on the other side which can lead you heading toward the wrong side of the peak; keep the peak on your right.

-The second is the transition from Orange to Yellow after the peak..today it was marked by blue tape on the trees. I just was on a running roll and flew by it. It was nice to break new snow at least!

The yellow trail bit is best for trail running, but the whole loop was a nice way to disperse pent up energy just enough to then cozy up in a nearby cabin.

If you park at the upper parking area, it ends with a nice steep ascent that today had an odd concentration of horse tracks and manure from the lower parking area to the upper parking area back on Orange. This was the sloppiest part of the entire trail, and I admit it had me huffing and puffing. Good way to end a nice moderate loop!

Took me about 3 hrs, with some running, walking, and picture taking pauses.

off road driving
4 days ago

First time on the trail, approximately 4" of snow at the time. Areas with water/mud had sheets of ice approximately 3"-5" thick. Proved to be quite the challenge, was able to traverse main trail, getting buried in the ice/mud holes and stopped due to the ice and needing to be pulled/winched out. The vehicles we took were a XJ with 2" lift and A/T's and an FJ Cruiser with 3" lift and 33.5" mud tires. Both vehicles did pretty well, some rocks proved more challenging for the XJ, the FJ went over them without much issue. Biggest issue was the ice. I stress the importance of proper equipment, I.E. pull straps, winch, jacks, tools, change of clothes, food. Approximately 4 hrs spent on trail.

hiking
4 days ago

Great trail for little explorers. The natural rock chimneys great. Saw multiple woodpeckers throughout walk.

Had an amazing time hiking Old Rag. Did it with a group and the trip up and down totaled about 9 hours. Steady incline throughout until the last mile or so and you really being rock climbing. It was quite exhilarating sliding between boulders to get to the next part of the trail. The views at the top were like no other. I love Old Rag and look forward to going back soon!

This was one of my first hikes and it was definitely trying for a beginner. Very steep at certain points and you really have to watch your footing because it gets overgrown and rocky. Once we got to the top we had some great views and only had to share it with one other hiker peacefully reading a book sitting on the ledge. Set up a hammock and spent a nice afternoon there. Definitely would want to go again to spend another peaceful day.

I had a great time hiking this trail. Went on a very windy day so at the summit it was very cold but the views were very worth it. Especially in the fall with the leaves changing colors. Good amount of fellow hikers throughout the trail and at the summit but never felt too crowded and everyone was very friendly. Little muddy and slippery at certain points so make sure to wear proper shoes!

on Dragon's Tooth Trail

backpacking
7 days ago

Good hike. Moderate trail. Some rock scrambles but makes it more of a challenge. Views up top are great on a clear to partly cloudy day.

Great hike. Challenging with all the fresh snow, but gorgeous and very rewarding.

Loved this trail! Definitely steep and strenuous but you can cut off some time by going straight up and crossing the switchback sections. Views at the top were amazing, and it whatever plants are at the top were pretty cool because they were leafy and green even in the beginning of January!

This is an interesting trail with impressive views at the top. Camping is not allowed once you reach a certain elevation (closer to the top, and signs will be posted.) When you reach the trailhead, taking a left will put you through the most difficult half of the trail. The second half is much easier. It was a very beautiful place at the top of the mountain to see the watch the sunset and sunrise.

Well maintained, clearly marked and lovely scenery. Plan on returning.

Just hiked from Wintergreen Dr via AT to humpback rocks,(had rocks all to myself, thanks to gov shutdown) camped overnight off AT trail on east facing side. Rare warm temp. day/night in Jan....
Moderate to Hard trail, but worth the effort. Had about 20lbs of camping gear and water. Take water!!!

hiking
14 days ago

Outstanding trail. Lots of diverse terrain, amazing views, and a good overall workout. Took right at 6 hours starting from the 605 fire road gate, going counterclockwise, and stopping for water and pictures a few times along the way. There are Lots of trees down across the trail, which made it a bit difficult to navigate, and probably added nearly 60 minutes to our hike time. I highly recommend the starting point on 605 and the counterclockwise route because going down the clockwise route would be very difficult with all the trees down (1/2019) and slippery leaves covering the trail; plus, the fire road is a nice easy way to finish on tired legs. .

*** NOTE: My dog was covered in ticks at the end of the hike, and this was the first week of January! Use caution and do a good tick check on your pets and yourself when you get done ***

I went to Old Rag twice I love the heights and big boulder and so much fun along the way. I will come back to it.

mountain biking
16 days ago

One word AMAZING, trail is great. nice hidden jewel.

Very fun trail - mostly in the woods with a lot of ups and downs. The view at the end is great, and is an awesome picnic spot.

This is my favorite hike in Virginia (so far). It’s got amazing views and the rock scramble is so much fun! Bring enough water and take your time! The false summits have great views to rest at if you need them.

Heads up - the parking lot and the surrounding ~5 miles have no cell phone service. There is some sparse service at the summit. Try not to lose your car keys or anything

Absolutely amazing at the top! I'd hike up this trail every week and would never get bored, as I would still marvel at the beauty of God's creation!

It was an amazing experience, especially in the winter time!

Breathtaking views from the knob. Worth every step of the hike.

Great views from the top, not terribly difficult

hiking
16 days ago

It is a beautiful trail and the waterfall is super relaxing and cool. Most of the trail is easy but the moderate/tricky part is the creek crossings. It added fun to the adventure but must be really careful. Rocks can be slippery.

Great hike with beautiful views at the summit. Pay attention to the parking signs at the trail head.

hiking
17 days ago

Though I didn't complete the loop, the trail was very pleasant. I started out on the short Overlook Trail, then made my way to the Chimneys Trail. It was pretty leaf covered, but was apparent enough to find my way ~ it's a rather wide path which helped. The Overlook Trail is uphill a bit (as you might imagine), but once you get on the Chimneys Trail, it's easy walking. I plan to go again and complete the loop next time!

17 days ago

Christmas trail and Bishop Loop need some serious brush clearing. Would like to see bridges installed where the trail crosses the creek

hiking
17 days ago

Very nice hike with great winter views!

hiking
17 days ago

Very nice hike with awesome views on Spy Rock. Reminds me of a mini version of Old Rag, but not as difficult. Views along the trail (AT most of the way) are best during winter months.

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