With the holiday season coming to an end the inevitable process of getting my mind and body rejuvenated and back into shape can be daunting. Fortunately, I’ve found the perfect balance of adventure, scenic beauty, and getting into tip-top shape that isn’t too far from Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown. I want to share with you my hiking excursion up Old Rag Mountain in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, in hopes to inspire you to venture out and conquer health and wellness.
As much as I love the endurance and stamina challenge I get from hiking, the end result of standing at the top overlooking the mountain you’ve just conquered is the greatest feeling and reward. Old Rag Mountain is a six-hour journey and is my personal favorite trail from the Shenandoah Valley region. The strenuous level is just challenging enough to make it a great cardiovascular activity while still remaining enjoyable.
The beginning of the hike starts out as a 40-minute uphill battle, but I promise you that your surroundings are so beautiful you won’t mind the climb to the peak. Mid-way you will be introduced to boulders, which makes for great fun rock scrambling and test your mental coordination. At first the boulders might seem daunting, but the adrenaline that runs through your body is so strong, this ended up being my favorite part of the trek.
At last, the main attraction is the breathtaking view at the top of Old Rag Mountain! There is nothing quite like the feeling of accomplishment when you look out from the highest point. I went on a day that was a bit foggy and I stood above the clouds gazing out to miles and miles of our awe-inspiring Mother Nature. Be sure to take a few moments to yourself to capture your thoughts and soak in the feeling. This is definitely an experience worth holding onto. I would love to see your triumphing photos, so be sure to tag me at @CapellaDC on Twitter and Instagram.
Discover this and other outdoor experiences during your visit to Washington, D.C. Your Capella Washington, D.C. Personal Assistant has lots of recommendations! Insider tip: After a day of hiking be sure to unwind with any of our signature in-room spa treatments or revitalize your body in a luxurious bubble bath and choose from one-of-a-kind bubble bath menu. You definitely deserve it!
I look forward to hearing all about your hiking adventures, happy hiking!