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blueBlack Saddle Trail

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1.8 mile 2.9 kilometer point to point
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Intermediate/Difficult

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Ascent: 1,264' 385 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 3,245' 989 m
Low: 1,980' 604 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 13% (8°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)

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Used to access Old Rag, this is an easier, but less-awesome alternative to Ridge Trail.

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Description

While on Weakley Hollow Fire Road or Berry Hollow Fire Road you'll eventually come to an obvious sign with information on the park and the Old Rag Loop. Head up this trail which is fairly wide and worn to start. Off to the left, you'll see a campsite near the first drainage ditch. This might be a good spot to drop your stuff if you are backpacking as campsites above this point are few and far between.

Continue up the trail and you'll shortly get to Old Rag Shelter. The shelter does host a privy, so it might be a nice place to take a break. Beyond the shelter, the trail turns into mostly stone stairs for the rest of the hike. Unlike the Ridge Trail, there is no squeezing between rocks or really hard scrambling. This is still a trail that should taken seriously, however.

Near the top of the trail, you'll pass Byrd's Nest day-use shelter and eventually intersect Ridge Trail at the Old Rag Summit.

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Oct 17, 2018
Chris McCloud
Done as part of Jiaxin’s first loop at Shenandoah
Feb 24, 2018
Jena Turner
1.8mi
Feb 18, 2018
Chris R
Oct 7, 2017
Molly Gertenbach
Aug 19, 2017
Shammy S
Aug 19, 2017
Chris McCloud
Done as part of Old Rag Loop on visit to Shenandoah, first hike done with Jiaxin Wei.
Oct 17, 2016
Chris McCloud

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