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Old Rag Hike

posted Sep 12, 2011, 4:51 PM by Troop 007   [ updated Oct 3, 2011, 4:51 PM ]
Old Rag near the top.

On September 14th, Troop 007 again hiked Old Rag Mountain.

The troop had a good time and here are the details and arrangements:

Driving Directions are on the Resource page in the Old Rag Folder (near the bottom.)

Camping is back, and so is hiking! This weekend is our annual (OK, two years) trip to the Shenandoah mountains for camping, along with Hiking Old Rag Mountain in Shenandoah National Park.

When:  We are meeting at the church between 3:45 pm and 4 pm – leaving no later than 4 in order to get to our camping area (property of Scouter George Beattie in Woodstock, VA) before we lose the light.  It will be about a 2.5 hour drive with traffic.  Directions are attached (let me know if you cannot open them, or check our website, where they are posted).

What to bring:  For Friday night, bring your dinner to eat on the road.  For Saturday’s hike, bring a good day pack and two water bottles (i.e., Nalgenes) already filled.  Also, if you are in the patrol led by Chris Conover and Clark Demaree (see attached trip roster), you should plan to bring a lunch for Saturday’s hike, as well.  I recommend that everyone (in both patrols) bring trail mix, beef jerky, dried fruit – anything you normally use on a hike to prevent bonking on the trail.  Also, you WILL need good, broken-in hiking boots!  This is an 8-mile circuit hike, taking in a climb to the top of a 3,300-foot mountain.  There will be some rough terrain, including rock scrambling.

Weather:  Right now, this looks a bit like a fall camping trip, rather than a summer one.  The highs are expected to be in the mid to upper 60s (nice for hiking), with lows right at 50 degrees or even a tad cooler.  Bring real sleeping bags, not fleece bags.  The chance for rain is fairly low: 10-30 percent.  But be prepared – bring rain gear and plan to pack it in your day pack for the hike.   There will normally be a breeze on the mountain, so the extra layer will not hurt.

Money:  There will be a parking fee at the Old Rag trail head ($15 per car load), because we will be in the national park at that point.   Contributions to your driver will be welcome.   Ditto for gas money.  Food costs will be settled up afterwards, as per normal practice.  There is no camping or “program” fee for this one.

We will be rising early on Saturday to get on the road and get to the mountain.  We plan to be there no later than 9 am to get on the trail promptly.  Crowds build rapidly after that.


This will be a great trip.  Old Rag is one of the best mountains in the East for views and fun climbing.  And Mr. Beattie has a great set-up for camping.  See everyone on Friday!