Sunrise from the Summit of Old Rag Mountain....with a twist!!
Sat, May 4, 2019 at 4:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Vienna Metro (north) - Vienna, VA
Virginia Center Blvd
Lets enjoy the sunrise in Old Rag Mountain...but this time we will end it with a big bang!!! This will be a demanding hike because of the time frame so please consider your physical strength. The Old Rag Mountain hike in the Shenandoah National Park is one of the most popular hikes in the mid-Atlantic region. With many spectacular panoramic views, and one of the most challenging rock scrambles in the park, this circuit hike is a favorite of many hikers. it's the only hike we give a 5 star rating to for views. Many hikers also prefer to do this loop counterclockwise, thereby tackling the rock scramble on the Ridge Trail on the downhill. Either way, the rock scramble can be challenging, being both steep, and requiring climbing through cracks in the rock. The best bet to enjoy this great hike is hit summit at 5:00 AM to see and enjoy the Sun rise and to make even more interested we will be back the same way we did come up scramble included, yeap, that's right we won't take the grandma trail (fire road) to came back. And now about the big twist!! Why this occasion this popular hike will be different than many others hikes I have leaded before? Well, aside that we all will do the regular midnight hike up to the summit at a very good fast pace, enjoy the sunrise, hike back down and head back home, 10 selected ones of us will stay on the summit and expend the rest of the day rock climbing the summit slabs, yeap, you read this right, there is no mistake here, we will stay and rock climb that 150 feet tall baby butt smooth rock wall that make the summit itself. Relax, no, YOU don't have to do the rock climbing part of this trip, there will be a selected group of experience rock climbers amount us that will come with that only purposes. The climbing part of this event is STRICTLY reserved and ONLY experience rock climbers are allowed to take part on it, but if you have enough time on your hands and want to watch, you are welcome to stick around. Information for Lucky 10 group only: Summit rock climbing routes ratings: 1.- Pedestal - 5.6 2.- Pure fun - 5.7 3.- Pure fun variation - 5.7 4.- Twin cracks - 5.7 5.- Groovy - 5.9 6.-Beginners crack - 5.4 Hike star time: 3:00 am. - If you are not there 15 minutes early, then you already will be late. Hike pace: Moderate. Gear required: Head lamp, Gloves/wool cap/extra layers, we don't want you frozen your rear on the summit. *** Attention*** Disclaimer: Climbing part of this event is already full, no spots left. Google driving directions: https://goo.gl/maps/gqYBC GPS coordinates: 38.570774, -78.286993 There is a $18 park entrance fee x car which should be divided between the passengers. CARPOOL: Don't forget if you want a ride or are willing to offer a ride – be a friend to the environment, save money, and make friends by just posting a message!! Have a ride: Please post where you are coming from, what time, and how many spots you have. Need a ride: Post that you need a ride and contact any offers via e-mail for those that are offering rides.