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only those in good shape should take the rock scramble side

Went up for my birthday and decided to do the rock scramble side. It was really rough. If you do it... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Jason A
Workout, but worth it!

We enjoyed hiking Old Rag Mountain but it was a workout! The hike took us 4:40 min to complete and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Tara L
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Shenandoah National Park, VA
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Went up for my birthday and decided to do the rock scramble side. It was really rough. If you do it take a lot of breaks and water. It will take a lot out of you. The view from the top was amazing though.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed hiking Old Rag Mountain but it was a workout! The hike took us 4:40 min to complete and we are pretty fit people. First to note: you have to hike about a mile down the road from the parking lot just to get...More

1  Thank Tara L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is rated as the most strenuous hike in the park. Have a mind that the trail-head is NOT in the park. It's a bit of a drive and there is NO cell service in the area of trail-head. Have this is mind if you...More

2  Thank Karen S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great hike, very challenging with the numerous rock scrambles, but well worth it. I will say, if you hike with trekking poles, they will just get in the way during the rock scramble. Use them when you can, but when you get...More

2  Thank Van D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tips from someone who has done this many, many times -- in every season. You can thank me later. 1) If at ALL possible stay somewhere nearby(ish) the night before so you can get an early start. Our best climbs have been when we were...More

1  Thank sjbirder
Reviewed 5 September 2017

Felt like I was dying doing this one even though I had a great time & loved the trip. I was moving with a very experienced hiker - I used to hike regularly myself, but I guess I've been more out of practice than I...More

Thank Nasheed S
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

Love hiking Old Rag. Good work out. Good views. Fun to do the rock scramble. Bring a picnic to enjoy at the false summit or summit. If going on a holiday or summer weekend get there early! The free lot fills up fast and you...More

Thank RAR1126
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Great hike. Easy at the foot of the mountain and gets more challenging on top when you have to climb big boulders, but it is totally worth it as the views are amazing all around.

Thank Katya K
Reviewed 7 August 2017

This hike has it all... distance, fast elevation gain, some beautiful faux summits, a technical rock scramble and a gorgeous final summit. I am a rather experienced hiker, canyoneer and mountaineer. I am 49 and in excellent physical condition both cardiovascular and muscle strength, and...More

2  Thank David A
Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

Let me preface this review by saying I've hiked all my life and summitted countless mountains and peaks. 14ers in Colorado, the high peaks in the ADKs and several in the smokies so I'll give myself a little credit saying I can judge this hike...More

2  Thank arichard1129
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Donald B
21 September 2017|
Response from Craig Z | Reviewed this property |
Don't do it at night; it's not safe. Actually, since it is a national park I think they close the trail at night.
Jamie L
25 February 2017|
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Response from OldManSAC | Reviewed this property |
No. You need to know what you are doing and be able to scramble some awkward stretches of rock. It is not just a simple walk.
Michelle D
23 June 2016|
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Response from 701amon |
Eight year old's yes, Five maybe cutting it too close. Either way don't let the kids get ahead. It's a long and hard walk. Kids can do it but they may fuss after many hours of hiking. You know your kids best about their... More