Best Backpacking Spots in DC Metro Area and Contents to Bring: Bug Out Supplies and Water Filters
Northern Virginia is an absolutely beautiful area to live and a great place to raise a family. The area is full of economic growth and continuing opportunity for single people, for those looking to start a family, and for those who already have a family.
The Washington D.C. Metro is also a very active community. It is statistically one of the healthiest and least obese metropolitan areas in the country. This is, in part, because of all of the wonderful parks, bike paths, running trailways, etc., that the entire region offers, but it also home some of the best hiking trails on the Eastern seaboard.
In this post, I want to talk about my favorite place to hike in the Northern Virginia and what you should bring when you’re taking a trip there.
Hiking at Old Rag: What to Bring When You Want To Bug Out
If you live in the Washington, DC area at all, you know that sometime you just need to get a break from the city life and go out in the great outdoors and appreciate nature. So what all do you need to bring in your ultimate urban bug out bag list of essentials when hiking the trails of Old Rag?
Old Rag is the Shenandoah’s most popular but also most dangerous hike. It is 3,200 feet at the peak and depending on the loop you go, could be up to a 10-mile hike, which is nothing to shake a stick at.
The number one item you are going to want to bring along is a good supply of water. You won’t be running up the mountain, believe me, but you will still work up quite a sweat, so you will need plenty of water to replenish your fluids. There is some water on the tail end of the full loop, but unless you have some kind of outdoor backpacking water filter, I highly advise against drinking straight from the stream. There can be bacteria in the water that can make you sick and cause you serious problems. Luckily, there are plenty of options you can bring, like water filter straws, filtration systems, or obviously just bring a few water bottles. Any of the above will work.
Another item on the essential list of bug out contents is some type of snack that has a good amount of protein that can get you through the hike. Old Rage has a great summit and it is really nice to sit up there after the climb, take a break, and grab a snack before the climb down.
One last thing that you really need to be sure of too is bringing a solid pair of hiking boots on this climb. Old Rag has a lot of rocks at the top of it that you will be navigating through, some of which can be very slippery when they are even the slight bit wet. If you are going on a early morning hike when the dew is still fresh, you could easily hurt yourself if you don’t have a good pair of boots.