Posts filed under ‘Grayson Highlands’

Weekly Winners – June 7 – June 13th, 2009 – More Mount Rogers

Like last week, this week’s selection also comes from Mount Rogers National Recreation Area and Grayson Highlands State Park, Virginia. This is the second day of our annual backpacking trip. Enjoy!

Mount Rogers Backpacking 2009 - Wilburn Ridge Trail - Jimmie Admires View
Jimmie Admires View at Wilburn Ridge

Mount Rogers Backpacking 2009 - Wilburn Ridge Trail - Henry Jumps, Ryan Walks
Henry and Ryan in Action

Mount Rogers Backpacking 2009 - Wilburn Ridge Trail - View 2
View from Wilburn Ridge

Mount Rogers Backpacking 2009 - Pine Mountain Trail - Fog and Rhodos
View (and fog!) From Pine Mountain Trail

Mount Rogers Backpacking 2009 - Wilburn Ridge Trail - Jimmie on Wilburn Ridge
Jimmie on Wilburn Ridge

Mount Rogers Backpacking Trip 2009 - Camp - Jimmie Looks Out Tent
Jimmie Looks Out Tent

Also, be sure to check out more of this week’s Weekly Winners out at Sarcastic Mom!

June 14, 2009 at 8:50 am 5 comments

Weekly Winners – May 31 – June 6, 2009 – Mount Rogers

Welcome to another late edition to Weekly Winners! I’m tardy again with good cause! I spent the weekend backpacking with my boyfriend and dogs at Grayson Highlands State Park and Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. The area is known for its wild ponies and the beautiful rhododendrons that bloom in early June. Mount Rogers was as picturesque as usual and we could not have asked for a prettier weekend. Enjoy!

Mount Rogers Backpacking Trip 2009 - AT - Rhodos and View
Rhodos Off the Appalachian Trail

Mount Rogers Backpacking - AT - Henry Scouts Out View
Henry Scouts Out a View

Mount Rogers Backpacking Trip 2009 - AT - Gray Pony Looks Back
Ponies at Mount Rogers National Recreation Area

Mount Rogers Backpacking 2009 - AT - Pine Tree Field
Field at Mount Rogers National Recreation Area

Mount Rogers Backpacking Trip 2009 - AT - Ponies and Rocks in Grayson Highlands
Ponies at Grayson Highlands State Park

Mount Rogers Backpacking Trip 2009 - AT - Rhodos Surround Rock
Rhodos at Grayson Highlands State Park

Mount Rogers Backpacking Trip 2009 - Pine Mountain Trail at Sunset - Jimmie Looks Towards Camp
Jimmie Looks at Rhodos Off Pine Mountain Trail

Mount Rogers Backpacking Trip 2009 - Pine Mountain Trail at Sunset - Sunset and Evergreen
Sunset From Pine Mountain Trail

More pictures of our Mount Rogers Backpacking Trip can be found on my Flickr site. Also, be sure to check out more of this week’s Weekly Winners out at Sarcastic Mom!

June 7, 2009 at 9:53 pm 7 comments

Mount Rogers in February

Two weekends ago, Tony Airaghi and pals did their annual cold weather backpacking trip to Mount Rogers/Grayson Highlands.  Tony got some amazing pictures of the trip.  Here are my favorites:


Sunset


Apparently Leave No Trace does not apply to Christmas decorations.  Wild ponies are in the background.


Tony playing with “Color Accent” mode.  Hiker is Tony’s cousin Bruce.

Unfortunately, Tony keeps his photos on a private FTP site, so I can’t send you a link to more photos. I have decided that he needs to join Flickr.

That’s my personal project of the day.

February 20, 2008 at 9:21 am 6 comments

Grayson Highlands and Mount Rogers National Recreation Area

Today was an eventful day.  Bill C and I both woke up at 5 AM.  We were on the road by 6 AM and headed out to Grayson Highlands State Park and Mount Rogers National Recreation Area

Some well-known features of this area include:

  • The beautiful Rhododendron Gap section of the Appalachian Trail. 
    The rhododendrons blossoms that line the trail peak in early June.  We appeared to be just a couple of weeks too early, but we did get to enjoy the early blooms.
    Rhododendron on Pine Mountain Trail
  • The herds of wild ponies that occupy the mountains.
    We got to encounter of number of the ponies in our 5.5 hour hike.
    Vicky Pets Pony
  • The highest point of Virginia. 
    At an elevation of 5729', the summit of Mount Rogers is the highest point in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Although we choose not to ascend to the summit today, we did cross the highest spot (~5526' feet at Pine Mountain Crest) the Appalachain Trail reaches in Virginia.

Bill and I took a combination of trails throughout our day's journey.  At our halfway point, we met up with Tony Airaghi, Paul Ely, Matt Ely and Nancy at their campsite.  They hiked with us for a while before our groups parted ways.  I'm not sure of our total mileage, but our route was as follows:

  • From Massie Gap Parking Lot in Grayson Highlands State Park, we took the AT Spur Trail up to the Appalachian Trail (0.8 miles)
  • We went Southbound on the AT, past Rhododendron Gap, through Fatman Squeeze Tunnel (what a apt name!) and to Pine Mountain Trail (2.7 miles)
  • We walked down Pine Mountain Trail to Lewis Fork Trail (??? ~1 mile?)
  • We turned right on Lewis Fork Trail and walked to the intersection of Lewis Fork and Crest Trail (neglible).
  • <MET UP WITH TONY, PAUL, MATT AND NANCY>
  • We took Crest Trail back to the Appalachian Trail (??? ~1 mile?)
  • Took the AT Northbound to Wilburn Crest Trail (.5 mile)
  • Took the Wilburn Crest Trail till its connection further down the AT (1 mile)
  • Took the Appalachian Trail Northbound to Massie Gap Trail (2.1 miles)
  • Took Massie Gap Trail down towards the State Road.
  • Whoops! We missed the parking lot and took the Horse Trail all the way down to the Country Store (??? ~2 miles?)
  • Got on a park road and walked back to the parking lot we somehow missed (??? ~2 miles?)

It was more mileage than we intended, but still a wonderful journey!  Well-worth the trip. 

All my pictures from this Grayson Highlands/Mount Rogers trip can be found on my website.

June 3, 2006 at 9:29 pm 10 comments


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