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16 days ago

Along a stream and just beautiful. A nice workout without being hard.

Did this trail as a day hike just before Christmas. I agree with previous reviewers that starting the loop with the Forest Road (FR 92) is a much better choice. Big Schloss clocked in right around mile 6 of the hike, with the rest of the Mill Mountain Trail being pretty flat with a relative gentle ascent/descent. The exception is the final 1.8 miles - rocky and leaf covered, making footing a little adventurous.

I don’t love that vehicles can share the trail with hikers at the end of the Mill Mountain Trail (back half of the Loop if you’re going clockwise). Had to move off the trail to make way for a truck.

For those in for a full day, you could get an early start (8am), hike the entire loop (staying at a pretty good pace) and be done between 4-5pm then find your way to a favorite local winery. Pretty good access off I-81 and not far at all from cell coverage. You’d very much enjoy that glass of wine.

Went up December 10. Very thin frosting of snow on the trail that burned off by 11 am, even so it wasn't slippery. I'd guess that with a little thawing there may be muddy patches, but when it's 35 degrees and below the ground is firm. Even with leafless trees, most of the trail up to the lodge on Skyline (closed) is sheltered from wind. Good trail for running, well maintained and clear even this time of year, and it's not to steep to safely carry some speed downhill, but of course watch for uphill hikers.

Jumped on the trail head just before you get to the park entrance. Easy hike around 1.8 miles in until you hit the roadway. You can cross over and continue if you want, but we decided to turn back because we were pressed for time. Loved hiking along the creek and we timed as the leaves were turning. Beautiful.

Today was beautiful for a hike!

hike is great, but dogs are not permitted at Old Rag - please correct your information!

Amazing hike! Completed 10/10/18. Started at the Limberlost Trailhead and took that to the Old Rag Fire Road to Weakley Hollow. Same route on the return after the clockwose loop. The 7 hour round trip with a few quick stops to eat, drink and enjoy the views. Prepare for a strenuous work out on the return trip to Skyline Dr. on the Old Rag Fire Road after completing the Old Rag Mountain section. Was sure I would encounter some bears or other wildlife on this trek but it was very quiet and solitary with exception of a few whitetail deer. Would do it again but would like to try one of the alternate routes to Old Rag such as Berry Hollow, Robertson Mountain or Corbin Hollow Trails. Cheers!

on Dickey Ridge Trail

3 months ago

All up hill from the start, no significant decline until you turn around. Not many views, just deer and bears. It's a great trail to train for mileage and incline.

It was great!! We ended up starting at Hawksbill Gap parking lot because the Whiteoak lot was closed. We also went all the way down Nicholson Hollow to link up with Old Rag instead of going south on Indian Run, but the trail was absolutely stunning. We set up camp next to a stream and the sound of the water at night was so relaxing. I would suggest doing more miles on the first day because if you do the loop clockwise, most of your energy will be spend hiking Old Rag and Cedar Run. Old Rag is the most strenuous hike in the park and pretty challenging but doable with a 50L pack. Cedar run is straight uphill. Pretty much like climbing stairs for a few hours.

If you can start at whiteoak parking lot, I would suggest doing that so you can start with cedar run and end with old rag. I would just highly suggest doing those two trails on separate days.

There was some great camping spots all along Nicholson hollow. We camped about a mile or so past Corbin Cabin (a completely random cabin in the middle of the woods).

All in all, AMAZING hike and would definitely do it again!!

4 months ago

it's a beautiful hike with a stream that keeps you company in the beginning. you...i can see nature at its best. We saw pretty does grazing on the side of the trail. The hike isn't difficult, a little up hike but not hard at all. ENJOY!

trail running
4 months ago

Great trail to hike with the family or if you want to go running, I would recommend.

The mountains were so blue!! The views did not disappoint!

It was a good hike definately some big climbs, but water was available, well marked, pretty challenging climbing up to the blue ridge parkway, views would have been better without the fog and rain but it was great.

If you are looking for a challenging, easy to navigate with plenty of vertical, excellent waterfalls and is in the mid 20s mile overnight, this is an absolutely wonderful trek. Some pretty fine Appalachian vistas, wind sucking climbs, periods of solitude mixed with clumps of tenderfoots and tourists keep it ever amusing. Then comes that close out rock scramble up Old Rag giving this adventure a "something to remember me by signature."
A few items if you plan to do this as an overnight. (1) Water. Assuming you carry a purification system, the only exception to plenty along the way are the stretches from the base of Hawksbill to Indian Run (about two miles after you leave the AT) and of course once you start climbing the Rag until you finish. Other than those stretches you can fill about a liter at a time and be fine. (2) Something about "Stoney Man" was a must do for this 60 something Dead fan. The top was fittingly cloudy but certainly worth the side trip. (3) Try to time your adventure to NOT hit Old Rag on a perfect weather weekend as It can make for more people around than you care for. I had the pleasure of a clear, 70ish degree July Saturday and although the folks were always pleasant, helpful and smiling it made for a bit of congestion and hollywooding. Nothing however can take away from the physical challenge and beauty that is Old Rag. Bottom Line, DO it !!

6 months ago

Thanks to Christian who did a great and help full review! I followed his suggestion and did the loop in clockwise. Good thing about this loop is that you get to see everything on the center section of the Shenandoah. Bad part is...24 miles up and down the valley was no joke! Below is my part of the review and tips for future hikers.

Water: I carried three bottles of Smart Water(1L) and it was enough for two days. There is water resources everywhere and if you carry a Sawyer you wouldn’t have a problem.

Camp: finding a dissent campsites was pretty hard. I was using a single man mountaineering tent which doesn’t take much space to setup. And I was doing solo. But if you’re planning to use a bigger then a two men tent or hiking with a group, this could be hard. I camped out at the Nicholson Hollow Trail. (close to the junction of Indian Run ) *There were no camp site at Corbin Cabin so don’t bother to go all the way down there. I left some Pin marks on the map that I thought will be a good site for future reference.

Bears: I personally did not see any. Although, I was told that there’s a bear on the side of the trail from the southbounders on the AT. Hoping to see one but did not encounter.

So, who is this loop recommended for? Some one who would like to take their time and see the breathtaking sights of the back country. This loop will count up to 11 trails and plenty of stream crossing. Be prepared and keep on hiking!!

I did this as a point-to-point from Compton Gap to the park entrance. it was approximately 10 miles with 900' of elevation gain. Heading in the opposite direction, it is a far more difficult hike. The highlights are a stop at the visitor center and the definite possibilty of seeing a bear.

8 months ago

This was an awesome hike that I did as a 2 day 1 overnight backpacking trip. Following is some information that I hope is helpful. I would recommend doing it clockwise so you get to go up the boulders of Old Rag and end on the Fire roads. Note the bouldering is difficult with a full pack, I had to take it off about 10 times to go around, over, under, through the boulders. I was very lucky that I had awesome people around me that helped me lift my pack up a few times on some more challenging sections. Still possible alone, but definitely saves time. Very fun!
Water: There's lots of water along Cedar Run Trail and some fun river crossings until you get to Skyline drive. Then there's not a lot of water until you get to the bottom of Nicholson Hollow Trail. There's a nice stream there you cross 2x. There are also a lot smaller streams after you make the climb up Indian Run Trail, but I'm not sure how consistent they are during dry spells (it rained the day before I went). There's lots of water again along Corbin Hollow Trail.
Camping: I hiked about 14 miles day one, 10 miles day two. You may be able to camp at Corbin Cabin, I think that cabin is more than just day use but not positive. There were a bunch of camping spots on Indian Run Trail. I camped at a great spot just a little before Old Rag Fire Road. There may have also been some spots that followed back country camping rules at the beginning of Corbin Hollow Trail and off of Weakley Hollow Fire Road.
Note, at least this weekend there were a lot of people along the whole trail except for Nicholson Hollow Trail until I got closer to the Old Rag Parking area.
An amazing hike! I think next time I want to hike up Old Rag without a pack! :) ENJOY and Happy Trails!!

An awesome hike and great adventure...One of the best hikes I have ever been on!!

Two amazing views, a mostly uphill experience.. Spent 8 hours on the whole trail including time for pictures.

My favorite trail starts 1 mile from my door.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Such a beautiful experience.. stayed in the backcountry and returned today. there were many outlooks hidden behind some bushes. it reminded me something out of The Lord of the Rings. definitely returning soon!!

Monday, September 04, 2017

Nice trail - it's long but a lot of it's pretty flat. I did it as an overnight. There are plenty of well maintained campsites along the way. I'm not a big fan of ending a hike with a 3-4 mile stretch down a road so if I were to do this again I'd park at the head of the yellow trail (Stoney Creek) and head back to the little schloss (purple) trailhead. That way you do the big stretch of gravel road at the start.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Nice trail LOTS of deer today. Good cover on a drizzly day. Starts out closed up brush then opens up with sparse but expansive woods. Took my dog for the Dickey Ridge Trail to Snead Farm Loop around and back.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Did this as a day hike and it took 10:30 hours, I started walking down some wrong paths and taking some detours to see some lookout points so ended up being 26.6 miles. I saw 4 bears, you may want to wear bells or something. It was a great hike overall!

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Working on plannign this hike, can't find anything on it outside this website and need to learn about camping options and leg length (by day). Hoping to do it in two days, planning on driving out THU night and hiking, full day of hiking friday and saturday, leave sunday morning early. If anyone has advice I'd appreciate it.

Friday, April 21, 2017

white oak canyon boundary up cedar run to hawksbill, do loop salamander to hawksbill peak. hop on the trail north to stony man. will pass skyland. strony and little stony til you get to nicholson hollow. take nicholson all the way to base of old rag and then hit old rag. 4 peaks can be done in less than 2 days. Corbin Cabin off nicholson a fair halfway point. Can add robertson peak to the trip. Superb mix of creek, river, waterfall, peak, scramble, views. Everything is breathtaking.

on Dickey Ridge Trail

Monday, February 20, 2017

Great day for a hike, only went up 4 miles but it was a good moderate uphill trail!

The trail travels through the rolling hills of the Shenandoah. We were blessed with seeing much wildlife: black bears, white tail deer, wild turkey, scarlet tanager and cardinals. The only draw back was the times we needed to cross the Skyline Drive, which, at times was filled with noisy motorcycles. One benefit to the trail going through the National Park is the access to visitor centers, restrooms, lodge rooms and restaurants.

trail running
Saturday, March 12, 2016

I wouldn't classify this as an easy route if you decide to run it. Long climbs. You'll hit the first couple thousand of feet fairly quick. Nice route to work on your speed hiking;) Fun descents and little traffic if you go in the early AM. I started at the Shenandoah Entrance(road parking) and turned back at Hickerson Hollow. 16 round trip with over 3,300ft of climbing. Solid.

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