Climb for a Cure Virginia

🥾: 9.5 miles ⬆️: 2,683 ft. elevation gain 🪧: Loop route 💪: Difficult

August 6, 2022 Etlan, VA

About the Etlan Climb

Experience this 9.50 mile, loop trail near Etlan, Virginia. Generally considered a challenging route, it takes an average of 5.5 hours to complete. This is a very popular area for hiking, so you'll likely encounter other people while exploring. You'll need to leave pups at home — dogs aren't allowed on this trail.

This hike, although challenging, is one of the most popular hikes in Shenandoah National Park. It has been referred to as a “brutally awesome” hike by many. Your climb to the peak includes many rocky switchbacks, so you will not be going straight up, but the trails are still at a steep grade. The descent, which will be slightly longer than your ascent, is a much more gradual grade that ends on a fire trail.

Register for Etlan Virginia Climb


We Climb for a Cure exploring new terrain for life-changing research. Each mountain we climb — every road we walk down — elevates the standard by raising funds for research in the fight against colorectal cancer.

Our fundraising goal for 2022 Climb for a Cure is $250,000 to support our Path to a Cure for colorectal cancer, as we work to empower and inform patients while driving policy change and breakthrough research. 

Day-of Schedule


8:45 AM

Old Rag Parking Lot

Welcome Kick-Off

9:15 AM

Old Rag Parking Lot

Begin Climb

9:30 AM

Old Rag Circuit

Break and Lunch

1:00 PM

Old Rag Summit

Descend Mountain

1:45 PM

Old Rag Summit

Celebration BBQ

6:00 PM

Erin's Cabin

Etlan Climb Hosts

  • Health Policy Manager

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