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.
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