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Daniel Culbertson reviewed Old Rag Mountain Loop
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This was my 10th trip up old rag, first time up in 2020. The good: the trail has a little bit of everything for everyone. Some nice hiking through woods for trail runners/hikers. Some amazing rock scrambles for the adventurers. Some of the best views in the whole park for the photographers. And a variety of trail personalities for the socialites. The not so good: they re-vamped the parking this year...which was much over due and very needed...great addition. I’m doing so they moved the trail head a little bit. For a brand new section of trail, I was very disappointed in the condition of it. It was tore up already, so I think a few added rocks are needed in areas that had mud sink holes already. Additionally the moved the end. If this is was someone’s first time doing it, they wouldn’t know any different, but for me coming off the trail at the old end spot, then having to get back on and go back up hill for a mile...slightly demoralizing, but I understand the necessity of it. The unavoidable: the lines...I started the hike at about 9, kept a pretty average pace, and by the time I got to the first peak, there was a 45 min back up for all the rock scrambles. These were due to about 3 different spots in the scramble. I’ve never seen it backed up like that, but have heard it’s not unusual. The clouds...I specifically picked this day because the weather app said overcast and I went to get some shots without combating the sun. It was overcast, unfortunately...the overcast was around the the mountain lol, so if you’re a photographer that likes shooting overcast days, have a plan b Incase you drive up to the mountain and see clouds hanging around the peaks and summit...there’s a waterfall hike 4 miles away that would be better in that scenario. All in all a great hike. I took my gf (who had been saying how much she “loves hiking” and I we re established the definition of the term hiking that day) and she had an absolute blast and crushed it. The only area that bothered me was the condition of the brand new trail head. Just needs some refinement so it’ll stay usable for years to come. 10/10.

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Caleb Bennett reviewed Old Rag Mountain Loop
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Such an incredible trail, I didn’t think it was too hard at all. I could see the scrambling being hard for some towards the end, but easily doable for most if you’re agile. Summited in 1:30..? Did whole thing in 3 hours, not including stop at the summit. So many views, terrain is pretty rocky/uneven, easy to roll ankle

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Chris Northrup reviewed Old Rag Mountain Loop
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An overnight rain made the trail a little muddy and added some slipperiness to the rock scramble. We arrived at 7:30 on Saturday morning and lot was 1/4 full. Probably 80 hikers on mountain. We had no waits at bottle necks. A hiker who started after us waited 15-30 minutes in these spots. A Park Ranger said people have waited up to two hours at the bottle necks. Hike exceeded my expectations because of the challenging scrambles. The serious hikers, for the most part, were there early. I find it disrespectful to other climbers if you’re taking a long time to get through tight spots. This hike is not easy.

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Rimma Gurevich reviewed Old Rag Mountain Loop
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Wow. What a hike. The first mile is fine but you know it’ll be hard. The second mile was awful - I was doubting every decision I ever made that led me to this hike. Then the rock scramble started. It was amazing. So fun and a great distraction from the fact that you’re still climbing several hundred feet and your joints hurt. It’s messy and I got dirty from mud and sliding down rocks but I was enjoying it! Until I realized it just kept freaking going. When we finally reached the summit (technically only 3.8 miles with like 2500’ in elevation gain) it was totally worth it. Brilliant views and super satisfying. The rest of the hike is downhill on rocky, uneven ground and honestly my knees hate me because I’ve aged them twenty years in one hike. Anyway great hike 10/10 would recommend but wow do I hurt.

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Billy Enderle reviewed Old Rag Mountain Loop
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From the point of view of an amateur hiker and first time visitor to Shenandoah: This was simultaneously the best and most challenging hike I've ever done. A steady incline leads you to some pretty tough (but fun!) rock scrambling. The feeling of accomplishment at the summit is second to none. A few notes: definitely bring 2L of water per person. Also pack a lunch for the summit. We did this hike at 730am on a Sunday. The lot was already pretty full but we weren't stressed for parking. But be aware this trail is very crowded on weekends! Also be prepared for the final incline during the last mile. They rerouted the trail at the end. We were not ready for it after all we had done, and the last mile was very mentally challenging.

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Susan Cusher reviewed Rose River Trail
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Nice falls after an autumn rain! Very green and lush.

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Christopher Fry reviewed Rose River Trail
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Sarah Fine reviewed Old Rag Mountain Loop
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Very rewarding and very tough - don’t believe anyone who says otherwise! The scrambling includes tight squeezes.

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Anu Nimmagadda reviewed Cedar Run Falls Trail
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It is hard

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Steve Baldo reviewed Old Rag Mountain Loop
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Gavin Oxley reviewed Old Rag Mountain Loop
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Wonderful hike. Have to wait for the scramble because some people move slower than others. There was a rainbow and sort of cloudy but was even more amazing. It was National Public Lands Day so it was crowded but also free!

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HikingGreat!

Missed a turn and my 9 miles turned into 14 real quick beautiful hike with several large waterfalls. The leaves are just starting to change too!!

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Kim Overholt reviewed Rose River Trail
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Varun Patel reviewed Old Rag Mountain Loop
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It was one of the toughest hike i did in years. Some areas are really tricky and requires good balance. But would do it again.

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Robert Roccograndi reviewed Old Rag Mountain Loop
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Missy Pressman reviewed Old Rag Mountain Loop
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This trail really tested my fears. It was a great hike with beautiful views at the summit.

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Chris Styer reviewed Old Rag Mountain Loop
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Rob Trettel reviewed Old Rag Mountain Loop
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It’s Old Rag. It was absolutely fantastic. Went on an overcast Friday and it wasn’t very crowded at all. The three kids handled the elevation and the scrambling just fine, but their legs checked out at about mile 8.5. I clocked the total with the new(er) finish at just a hair under 11 miles. My 10 and 7 year old handled it all on their own. The 4 year old required a little assistance, understandably.

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Kevin Uher reviewed Old Rag Mountain Loop
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Richard Lovegrove reviewed Rose River Trail
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As others have said, do this loop clockwise. One reward is hiking toward a series of gorgeous cascades on Hogcamp Branch on a moderately challenging trail. The two falls are great. And there's history. Remains of an old copper mine, and you finish on a portion of the old Gordonsville New Market Turnpike.

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Jessica Lynn reviewed Rose River Trail
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Shannon Phillips reviewed Old Rag Mountain Loop
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Hands down the most fun I've ever had hiking. I'm fairly short, so I was a little worried about doing this solo from everything I had read, but I completed the bouldering section with a smile on my face the entire time. Challenging, fun, and incredibly epic. I almost want to do it again tomorrow, but I'm pretty sure my glutes will say otherwise when I wake up. Hike it. You won't regret it.

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Hiking

The White Oak /Cedar Run Loop has been one of our favorites for several decades. If you take the horse trail / fire road it's about 9 mi. This could be extended if you go up to the AT or use the Limberlost trails near the Skyline Drive. If you start from the bottom there are numerous falls that you can see as you ascend White Oak trail. It is a very popular highly traffic trail and unfortunately many hikers are not aware or considerate of precautions during the pandemic. A few overlooks allow hikers to look down the valley to the mountains beyond. Today we took the fire road / horse trail linking the two. From White Oak it is a gradual up hill road through a forested region. There were no other hikers on this section. Cedar Run trail follows a stream along almost its entire length. There are some nice falls but not quite as impressive as those on White Oak. The footing along this trail tends to be more difficult when descending. In the past it has been challenging if wet or if it had many fallen leaves on the path. For this reason we prefer to ascend the Ceder Run and come down White Oak but you do miss some of the visual effects of looking up at the falls if you go in that direction.

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Joshua Sweeney reviewed Rose River Trail
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Hiking

Great hike around Rose River loop and some great views of some of the waterfalls. Little bummed and confused as to why pets aren’t allowed on Dark Hollow Falls trail, but still had a good time!

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