Shenandoah National Park Revisited - Day 2 - Old Rag Mountain
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The vast majority of Shenandoah's beautiful hikes are accessible from the Skyline Drive. The majority of these hikes have a huge disadvantage: the Grand Canyon Effect! Like hiking the Grand Canyon: you start at the highest point, easily descend, do not feel tired until you have tor return to your car and discover that going uphill is MUCH heavier then going down.
So, I tried to find some hikes that started at lower elevation and went up. And boy did I find one! The hike on Old Rag Mountain. According to the National Park Service it is a very Challenging one, they even put a warning video on their website see here!
Old Rag Mountain is a 1001-meter (3284-ft) high mountain at the east of the Shenandoah Ridge.
I left a bit too late, the trail head was a bit farther away than expected, and my TomTom considered it necessary to first send me into a maze of dirt roads the all ended in private terrain. So, I arrived too late. The free NPS parking had filled up completely and I was forced to park in the cow manure filled backyard of a local farm that shamelessly charged USD10 for this spot.
It was clearly a nice day and a national holiday, the ranger at the station told me he estimated more than a thousand persons were on the trail.
When I reached the Rock Scramble everything started all over again. Crowds of people, but at this point I was kinda happy with it. The Rock Scramble was indeed no joke. Perfectly doable, but for a solo hiker assuring that other hikers are around. At one point the trail was indeed a real challenge. One had to climb about 2 meters (6.5 feet) in a very narrow crevice with hardly anything to grab/hold on. The steep stone was frightening covered with blood. Volunteers of the local fire dept. were there and helped the hikers as good as they could.
The views in the distance as well as nearby, were brilliant. The Rock landscape made it feel like a hike in Utah or Arizona. It took me about 3 hours for the 7.1 kilometers (4.4 miles) tot the top, and 2.5 hours for the 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) down via the less steep but longer, and rather boring back trail.
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