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Robertson Mountain Trail Loop is a 9.1 mile loop trail located near Etlan, Virginia that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 9.1 mi Elevation gain 2,483 ft Route type Loop

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Virginia Tourism Corporation, 901 Easy Byrd Street , Richmond, VA, 23219, Phone: 804-786-2051, Fax: 804-786-1919

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Jeff Williams
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Hiking

This trail is well worn and easy to follow. depending on the direction you go you can either begin with a steep uphill climb, or end with a steep downhill. I prefer to take the steep part going up. that takes you in the clockwise direction around the loop. there's a great view to be had at the top. be sure to spend some time there to make the long slog worth it!

Rod Murphy
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HikingMuddyRockySnow

Hiked this path on a cold winter Saturday. Note that this path shares the same parking lot as the highly popular Old Rag Mountain. Both mountains were coated with about 1-2 inches of snow. However, there were plenty of hikers going to and from Old Rag, complaining about ice at the summit. After hiking the Weakley Hollow Fire Road, I chose to ascend using the steeper Robertson Mountain Trail. It was a fiercely steep climb, but not as rocky as I thought it would be. LOTS of false summits. Basically, one is traversing a long series of short switchbacks along the ridge to the summit. While ascending, you could see Old Rag Mountain in its snowy glory thru the thick trees. If it was not for winter, the tree foliage would prevent any views. The summit covered with several rocky outcrops, but I could not find a summit marker. If you look carefully, you can see Hawksbill Mountain from the southwest. The descent is slight less steep but it moves fast. The return along Corbin Hollow Trail parallels the Brokenback Run, which has some very nice rapids and falls. Unfortunately, this trail becomes a mess, with two poorly marked but fairly broad water crossings, continuing in an extremely rocky but flat path back to Weakley Hollow Road. Overall, I enjoyed the hike. Next time, I may just take Robertson Trail to the summit and descend the same way.

Thomas Palmese
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HikingRocky

Ascended the steep side and descended back down the steep side. Very steep. Treacherous on the way down. Very rocky. Focus extra on each step down if you’re not using poles or you will slip and or sprain an ankle. Otherwise it is a fun trail and secluded. Same parking as Old Rag.

Muzaffar Zaffar
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSat Oct 26 2019
Hiking

One of best time to hick this trail, top of the mountain have 300 degree view with full of color. 2400 feet hick in 1.6 mile. Real workout in short distance. Two choices to hick one is slowly hick with 2.6 mile other sudden hick with 1.6 mile. I like the shortest rout and enjoy warm stones in the top

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Chris Schultz
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Hiking

Same parking lot as Old Rag. Makes it difficult to find parking. Fewer views than Old Rag, but soooo many fewer people. Makes it a pretty nice trail in my mind.

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L H.
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HikingBugsOver grownRocky

This was a really strenuous hike! I didn’t see a single person on the trail, which was fine because a)I was moving really slowly and b) the trail is very narrow. It’s a long, steep trail, the route mapped on alltrails is somewhat straightened out compared to the actual curves and switchbacks. One thing to note, about halfway down on the descent, the blazes suddenly switch to yellow. You’ll see a few yellow blazes before one random blue one, then back to yellow.

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Justin Clark
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Hiking

Robertson mountain is horribly steep, so the mediocre views at the top aren't worth it.

Ryan Leaman
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Hiking

We went up Robertson and came down Corbin. That was really tough. 4 miles of a serious ascent. We had the view all to ourselves at the top. Enjoyed the stream crossings on Corbin. Will do again...just not soon.

Shooting Star
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSat May 11 2019

been up here several times. Love it. Much less traffic than old rag but no fun rock scrambles. One side is steep - about the steepest significant ascent you'll find in Shenandoah.

Jeff Williams
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Hiking

A nice break from the crowds on Old Rag. Given that my knees hate downhills, I chose the go up the steep way and return via Corbin Hollow. It was a tough trip up in that direction. but then you get a nice break at the one view point at the top. Spend some time there because that's it for views. Although the rewards are limited in terms of views, for those that value the solitude, it is great!

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Jennifer H.
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Loved it, I’d do it again. It’s super private and not crowded at all!

Lori Beemiller
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Nice trail with consistent challenging terrain. Not the best views along the way, but you’re rewarded in other ways such as having the trail to yourself. With Old Rag entry in the same area, it is a much less traveled trail. Enjoy!

Colby May
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Just hiked this trail today in an inch of slushy snow. The first 4 or so miles were pretty steep and challenging. After that it was a breeze. I’d say this one is on the tougher side for Shenandoah N.P. Certainly moreso than it’s neighbor Old Rag.

Mclain Limehouse
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Hiking

Beautiful trail! We hiked this in december and there was some snow on the ground, a lovely hike with rocks and trails, dogs are allowed, not too heavily trafficked and a beautiful view from the top!!

Clay Jackson
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Tough trail with killer views , hiked up old rag after from the bridle trail and this one is tougher . Lots of crunchy leaves so bring poles ! Make sure to check out the trails near and at the top with some good view points .

Nigel Gansham
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Hiking

Hiked Robertson mountain trail yesterday but the clouds never cleared up to enjoy the view.

Laurie Lindberg
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very steep section was fun. view was worth it. long sections on fire roads were a bit tedious after the mountainside section.

Dakota Brock
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10/11/15 pretty awesome trail great view the whole way there

Jennifer C.
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Hiking

I intended to do this hike yesterday, but I didn’t realize we would be completely out of service and I only printed the Hiking Upward map thinking they were the same (they are not)! We drove to the end of Weakly Hollow Road (past white oak parking on a tiny 1 lane road to the end). Our hike started on the Berry Hollow fire road for .8 mi, followed by 1.2 miles on the lower Weakly Hollow road before meeting up with the Robertson Trail. I would say the Robertson Mountain trail was the only real trail part, and it was definitely challenging! Then we took the Old Rag Fire Road back down 2.2 miles where it meets the Berry Farm fire road again. As you can imagine - it was just too much on the fire roads (5 miles). All Trails route says it’s more mileage, but it doesn’t look like as much fire road. I will try it next time. I wish I read a few more reviews, because we didn’t realize how un-obvious the trail to the peak would be. There are many times you think you are at the top, and then it curves again. I would say the only thing that made us stop is that this last curve (marked with a blue blaze) was down the hill a little - so we took the unmarked trail to the left and around the corner saw another blue blaze - and there it was.

Muzaffar Zaffar
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Feb 29 2016
Hiking

I did this Robertson with old Rag mountain trail. Total length around 15 miles. It very beautiful but it's hard, I started with Robertson first and than old rag. This is the best time to do that kind of work out, summer it very hard. As you can see in the pictures, view is open all around, no or very few people on Robertson less place to rest but open beautiful view but Old Rag is crowded and finding quite place now is hard.

L B
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarSat Jan 16 2016

Initial approach via the fire road was deceptive- the trail definitely gets more difficult as you ascend. Taking the Corbin side would be easier, with a steep ascent only over the last mile or so. Also, as with many of these trails, I don't know how they measure the distance. All Trails has 6.2 to 7.5, but I measured almost 10 by GPS from the Old Rag lot. I had the same issues with Nicholson.

Steven Paul
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Hiking

Robertson mountain hike is a must if you are in love with Old Rag Mountain. When you are on old rag you see a big olde cone shaped mountain in from of you and you cant help but wish you were sitting up there looking back at the giant cliffs of old rag that you are sitting on. So one day my buddy and I went up there. It's a good day hike and the peak is quite small with a lot of trees blocking your view of old rag. SO I would recommend doing it during spring or fall when there are no leaves blocking your majestic view of old rag. I recommend a set of great binoculars and a telephoto camera lens to get amazing looks at the cliffs of old rag. But without a good lens you are quite a ways away from old rag, so sometimes it can be hazey. Bring a lunch and plan on eating at the peak which is actually hard to find. It is not well traveled

Christina Burns
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Hiking

Great hike! Parking lot is small if you don't get there early enough there's a woman who charges ten dollars to park on her property. Most people are there for old rag but since that trail doesn't allow dogs we had to change our plans. Took the fire rd for about 2 miles to Robertson trail. Gradual incline in beginning but the last 1000ft of elevation was rather steep. Beautiful views from summit. The decline is steep in many parts and rather rocky. Wet leaves everywhere don't exactly help either. Total trip was about 8 miles, my phone died while recording trip. Beautiful scenery, lots of Aftermath from a previous fire which makes for so great pictures. Definitely would do this again

I.m. P.
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Hiking

Actually took the Corbin Hollow Trail up, walked the upper Old Rag Fire Road a few hundred yards then took the Robertson Mountain Trail down. Was a good loop. Left the Old Rag parking lot around 12:30 and followed the Nicholson trail til the second crossing. The river was way too high and water colder than we cared for so we turned around and followed the Old Rag Fireroad til the Corbin Hollow Trail marker. We crossed the river several times and while it was high [for mid December] it was easier and more manageable than the crossing we tried earlier. The trail up is mostly gradual though there were some steep spots where we had to stop a few times. We hit the upper part of the Old Rag Fire Road after about 3.3 miles, followed the fire road a few hundred yards then got on the Roberston Mountain Trail Roberston continues up to the Robertson Mountain summit for about a mile. We stopped for some food at the summit then continued on. Since it was mid December and all the leaves were off of the trees we had some pretty decent views of Old Rag not too long after leaving the summit area and for a good bit of the upper portion of the Robertson trail. The trail becomes pretty steep going down....probably harder going up than Corbin Hollow. Eventually we hit the fire road again,...not too far from where we got on to Corbin Hollow....and the followed the road back to the Old Rag parking lot. Got to the car around 5. Except for alot of folks going to Old Rag from the parking lot, and a handful coming down the fire road from having done Old Rag and also a handful on Corbin Hollow, we pretty much had the upper portion of Corbin Hollow and all of Robertson to ourselves.

P Reuser
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Alex Gray
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