Quantico Single Marine Program (SMP) Hiking Trip to Old Rag, VA

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Old Rag Trailhead

Weakley Hollow Fire Rd

Etlan, VA 22719

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Hike the Appalachian Trails.

Resembling alpine mountains, Old Rag is considered the most striking mountain in Virginia. It 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 is a favorite of many hikers.

Ø Mile 0.0 - From the Old Rag parking area walk 0.4 miles along paved Nethers Rd., at which point the road veers left. In another 0.4 miles Nethers Rd. ends at the closed Old Rag upper parking area.

Ø Mile 0.8 - Turn left uphill on the blue blazed Ridge Trail next to the closed gate. The trail will gradually increase in grade and make nine switch backs before reaching the first of many view points. From this first vista to the west the Ridge Trail will become more rocky and then arrive at the main easterly vista on the ridge in another 0.2 miles.

Ø Mile 3.0 - From here the trail becomes a rock scramble with narrow passages and several spots requiring hand over hand climbing. From the easterly vista on the ridge start up the rock scramble, with the first obstacle a 12ft deep small crack in the rock. At the bottom of the crack continue out to the left. Follow the blue blazes passing around the easterly side of the ridge and through another crack where the trail meets a small cliff. From here the trail will become increasingly steep going through a small cave, then arriving at the minor summit where the trail turns left. Be careful to follow the blue blazes, as there are several false trails that lead to overlooks. After passing around the minor northerly summit, the trail is less steep but still requires rock-hopping for most of the remaining 0.3 miles to the true summit where there are several points with 360° views.

Ø Mile 4.1 - Descend south along the Ridge Trail for 0.4 miles to the intersection of the Saddle Trail and Byrd's Nest Shelter.

Pick-Up Locations and Time:

The House (206 Nicholas Rd.) : 0630

Austin Hall: 0600

MCES/WTBN: 0600

What to Bring:

- Lunch/ Money

-Sturdy shoes

-Water for trail

-Sunscreen

-Bug repellant

-Military ID


ALL participants must utilize transportation Provided by SMP!

Transportation is only provided to Single Service Members and geo-bachelors associated with the SMP. Seating limited; first come, first served.


For more information call 703-432-0363 or Email: MCCSQuanticoSMP@USMC-MCCS.ORG


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Old Rag Trailhead

Weakley Hollow Fire Rd

Etlan, VA 22719

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