Hiking Old Rag Mountain – Shenandoah National Park

Hi again — I’m back to share pictures from this weekend! I hope you all had nice long holiday weekends — or a great regular weekend — too. On Friday, Matt and I went hiking at one of our favorite spots — Old Rag Mountain in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.

Old Rag is one of our very favorite hikes — we’ve hiked it a few times now but not for years, so it was great to get back out there!

Old Rag is one of the more challenging hikes in Shenandoah National Park — it’s between 6 and 8 miles round trip, depending which routes up and down you take, with lots of steep up and down hill and a fun rock scramble for the last couple miles.

It took us about 6 hours to do the hike — we had amazing weather and enjoyed taking our time, hanging out, and seeing the gorgeous views from the top.

It was seriously stunning up there!

It makes sense that the view is so great from the top — check out that elevation!

Since photos really don’t do this hike justice, I took a video for you guys at the top of the mountain! It was taken from the spot where we were in the very first picture in this post, and Matt even makes a cameo 🙂 Enjoy!

 

Have any of you guys done this hike? Or hiked in Shenandoah before? Matt and I also love hiking White Oak Canyon Trail.

Oh, and guess what?! While on our hike Friday, we saw a BEAR and a bobcat! The bear went right across the trail about 25 feet in front of us literally 5 minutes into the hike. We stopped dead in our tracks, not sure what to do. We saw another couple coming up the trail a few minutes later, so we joined forces with them and decided to forge on. Scary! And the bobcat was right after we finished the hike and were coming out onto the road — it was cute, like a big house cat!

I’m off to my dietetic internship — have a great day!

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