Old Rag Mountain Hike

Posted by lindsay in Day Hikes, Day Trip, Virginia | 0 Comments

26

Jul

2009
oldRagMountain

Experience level: 3/5

About the Trip

This was our first real hike. We had recently purchased our new camelbaks and were so excited to break them in. This 8-mile circuit hike is one of Virginia’s most popular hikes.  The Old Rag summit sits at roughly 3291 feet and the journey to get there consists of hiking steep inclines and scrambling over rocks

Start early so that you can enjoy the view at the summit!

WHAT WE BROUGHT

Canon Powershot SD1000, 2 Camelbaks, athletic clothing, hiking boots/sneakers with traction, our staple meal for our outdoor adventures (PBJ, trail mix, and cliff bars), sunscreen, hats, and insect repellent.

HIGHLIGHTS

It was our first time rock scrambling and it was cool to add this to our repertoire of outdoor activities. When we arrived to the summit, we found a flat part of the mountain where we laid out our lunch spread, took off our shoes, lounged on the rocks and watched the birds soar around us. The cool breeze was so refreshing.  At the summit, we were surrounded by 360 degree views of the Shenandoah Valley Forest, which were breathtaking.  It was well worth the 3 hour hike to the top.

LIVE AND LEARN

At the beginning of our trip, we didn’t bother to read the “how to apply DEET” directions and applied way more than was required. Our skin was so oily from the repellent that gnats were sticking to us like flypaper and it made for an unpleasant beginning of the hike. I was so worried that the DEET was going to seep into my pores and cause some strange adverse reaction (I’m a nurse—and therefore it is acceptable to have these types of thoughts), so at about the halfway point to the summit, we felt so gross that we had to stop to wipe off the DEET.


Show me the dough

Admission fee (honor-system based) = $15.00 (We are fans of supporting the parks.)
Fuel cost: 160 miles round trip = $20.00

GRAND TOTAL: $35.00


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Raven Rocks Hike (Bluemont, VA)

Posted by lindsay in Day Hikes, Day Trip, Virginia | 1 Comment

3

Jul

2009
ravenRocksHike

Experience level: 3/5 | They don’t call it Raven “Rocks” for nothing! /confirmation]

About the Trip

Located on the Appalachian Trail, this rocky route guides you to views once reserved only for our winged friends. The 5.5-mile excursion takes you tiptoeing over babbling brooks, traipsing through narrow switchbacks covered with mossy rocks, and into the thickest part of the forest to soak in the glorious silence. Just when your ankles grow weary from this strenuous trek, you come upon a break in the trees that signals the end of your ascent to Raven Rocks. The 1,350 foot overlook offers jaw-dropping views of rolling hills and farms of the Shenandoah Valley below that will sweep you off your feet.

Due to the rocky terrain, shoes that support the ankles are recommended.

WHAT WE BROUGHT

CanonSD Powershot 1000, hiking boots, snacks, sunglasses, water

HIGHLIGHTS

Besides the vantage points, what we remembered the most about this hike was the silence. In the forest, you could not even hear the wind. It was eery and as we looked deep into the forest, we wondered how many eyes were watching us. We also ran into a thru hiker who had hiked all the way from Georgia.

WHAT WE SAW:

An Appalachian thru hiker and an inchworm. We also saw a lot of termite art as well.

LIVE AND LEARN

We felt like novices on this trail because everyone had a Camelbak except for us. We are also starting to feel like maybe hiking boots aren’t for us. They really do weigh you down.


Show me the dough

Fuel cost of trip: 53 miles round trip = $10.60

GRAND TOTAL: $10.60


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