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

Great trail that follows a winding river filled with several waterfalls and water holes. Great on a hot sunny day the trail is well groomed and parking is easy.

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 !!

Excellent trail! Note that the hike to/from the waterfall that equals a little less than 4 miles is very appropriate for most ages. Completing the loop entirely proved to be difficult for my 7 and 9 yr old. Their favorite part, of course, was the waterfall. For adults, the entire loop is highly recommended and a fantastic workout. Enjoy!

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!!

backpacking
3 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!!

Love swimming in the waterfall.

This should be up there with the hardest ones listed!

Breaking all three of these apart makes for a challenging hike as is. Combining them, though, and you're in for a long day.

We started our day at the Lower White Canyon parking lot and worked clockwise - up Cedar, then Hawksbill, and down White. The falls on the way up Cedar are awesome regarding scenery and sound. The Cedar trail presents the usual challenges of hiking upwards - basic rocky trails and increased elevations - nothing surprising if you hike often. Along with a couple extra stops for pics, water, and catching our breath, the climb took roughly three hours.

Hawksbill is kinda where the rubber meets the road - assuming you do Cedar first. It's generally a steep rocky climb and a good workout in itself. Doing so after three hours up Cedar is exhausting! Add in the fact that we went mid-April and it was still 40°. The summit itself is worth the hike (despite being underprepared for another 15° temp drop and what had to be 40mph winds that day). Plan accordingly! There's a decent stone building you can take a break and eat at if you'd like. In and out might've taken an hour and a half with one break.

To get back to the White trail, you head back towards Cedar (sign post) and head left towards/on the Horse Trail for a couple miles. At some point you'll come to one of the streams that looks impassable, but you'll see a footbridge northward of the stream if you look left. The White trail itself is a pretty nice walk, but I do recommend Cedar first. Going up White looked way more intense as an upwards climb and a lot longer. Either way, it's beautiful and we'll worth pausing along the way to catch all the falls. Spring hadn't really hit yet, so we had clear views of everything through the trees, so the falls may be a little more obstructed mid year.

Our whole day logged nearly 15 miles and 7 hours. (We strayed a little here and there though.)

Recommendations:
- 3-4 liters or a filtered bottle for the streams. There were several options to fill up and the way.
- Hiking boots. Hiking shoes are okay, but you're ankles will thank you on the way down.
- Waterproof is worth considering. We went after a storm and surprisingly kept dry feet. But if your a little more adventurous and wander off the path much, you might get a little wet, especially on the White trail.
- If Hawksbill is part of your journey, consider the temp drop and wind. It can rush or ruin your trip if your not prepared.
- Walking sticks are helpful on the way up. They become a nuisance on Old Rag, scrambling, but there not much in the way on this circuit.

Hope this helped! It's hard, but hardly impossible.

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

We hiked this in the clockwise route, up Cedar, down White oak. The hike started a bit dreary but cleared up while on the AT where we stopped at one of the overlooks for a quick bite to eat. The transition from the AT to white oak is not intuitive, you pop out by stables take a right down the road to the parking lot where you'll find the next trailhead. Beautiful falls the whole way down, even in the fog :)

hiking
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!

did this trail, sleepless, starting at 6:30am went up cedar run made it to hawksbill summit around 11 am ish. passed out for an hour in day shelter then proceeded down the AT where we came nearly face to face with a bear. came across some cool snakes and a turkey as well. loads of great water falls going both up and down

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.

Great hike; have done it twice and will return. Clockwise route (up Cedar, down White Oak) is better. Bring 3L of water per person and sturdy shoes.

backpacking
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.

Beautiful hike with great views and waterfalls.

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