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Hike Old Rag

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Near Sperryville, VA
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jun 14 2014  9:30 am  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, May 12 2014 12:01 am
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jun 13 2014 9:00 pm
Event Duration:8 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:8.4 Miles
Event Organizer(s):
Douglas Boorstein
michael thomey
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:20
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 3 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


This is a strenuous hike with an elevation gain of more than 2000 ft in 2.5 miles. It involves rock scrambles, including lifting oneself though narrow rock chutes and walking on ledges with substantial drop-off and no safety features. That being said, this is not techincal rock climbing, and you should not let this description scare you off. 

From the summit, it's a moderate 5+ mile hike back on fire roads.

We'll eat lunch at the peak. Afterward there will be a local late afternoon dinner/social hour stop at Panera in Warrenton.

There is an $8.00 admission fee for the park.

Be prepared for sudden weather changes and temperature drops on the mountain.

If you bring hiking poles, they should be inside your pack or strapped to your pack for the climb, otherwise they just get in the way.

There are no dogs allowed on the Old Rag trail.

There is a video here:

Mid-Atlantic Hikes has a feature to make a Google driving map to the park's parking lot

Here's another site that describes the hike in detail.

Required Items to Bring:

Sturdy hiking boots are highly recommended.
2 liters minimum water
Waterproof outerwear in case of rain (garbage bag is adequate)

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

Leather or disposable gloves, granite is hard on the fingertips

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Washington DC: Interstate 66 West to exit 43A for U.S. 29. Follow to Warrenton approx 15 mi, bear right onto U.S. 211 and follow to Sperryville approx 27 mi. From Sperryville, Route 211: Take Route 522 south for .8 mile. Turn right onto Route 231 and go 8 miles. Turn right onto Route 601 and follow the signs to the parking area (approximately 3 miles).

For anyone who chooses not to carpool, we will meet at the fee station at Old Rag.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):0Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 am
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