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11.0 mls
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6.0 hours plus a half hour for lunch
2,370 ft
Shenandoah National Park
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Park at the 200 car parking area on SR600/Nethers Rd. 38.57036, -78.28705
NOTE: The upper parking area at the trailhead is now closed to all public parking

One of three great hikes in the area, Old Rag Mountain Hike, Catlett Mountain Hike, and the Nicholson Hollow Hike this is the longer loop version of the Nicholson Hollow out/back hike. The hike passes Corbin Cabin and climbs over Corbin Mountain.

From the parking area on 600 it is a 0.5 mile walk up to the Nicholson Hollow Trail) Turn left, then immediately right and in 75 yards cross Brokenback Run and Hughes River.

Continue up the Nicholson Hollow Trail passing the Corbin Mountain Trail on your left in 1.1 miles. In another 0.2 miles pass the Hot Mountain/Short Mountain Trail that merges from the right.

Continue on the Nicholson Hollow Trail re-crossing Hughes River then passing the Hannah Run Trail in 0.3 miles, cross Hughes River again and follow the Nicholson Hollow Trail for another 1.8 miles and arrive at Corbin Cabin. In another 0.2 miles past Corbin Cabin the Indian Run Trail enters from the left.

Turn left on the Indian Run Trail where the trail becomes steep for the next for 1.6 miles where it ends at the junction of the Corbin Mountain Trail. Turn right on the Corbin Mountain Trail following it for 0.5 miles to the junction of the Old Rag Fire road.

Turn left on the Old Rag Fire Road for 0.5 miles to the intersection of the Corbin Hollow Trail. Turn left on the Corbin Hollow Trail as it descends following Brokenback run for 2.0 miles before crossing Brokenback Run then again at the intersection of the Weakley Hollow Fire Road.

Turn left on the Weakley Hollow Fire Road for remaining 1.2 miles to the beginning of the loop and upper Old Rag Parking area at SR600. continue for 0.4 miles, veer right at the Nicholson Hollow Trail post and continue down SR600 for the remaining 0.5 miles back to the parking area.

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Hiker Reviews For The Corbin Mountain Hike (5 Most Recent)
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By: Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, August 31, 2013
Entered the Old Rag parking area and it was full! My goal was to hike this instead! I have done this trail before. This time I hiked Nick. Hollow trail to Skyline Drive. After the cabin, it was a steady climb...and I barley saw a sole

By: Paul Rating: Date of Hike: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
The Shenandoah National Park is a treasure...not only for its stunning mountain vistas but for its fresh water as well... Hiking on one of the hottest days of the year can be pleasant if you choose a well shaded, plenty of water spot...the Nicholson Hollow Trail is just that spot...stunningly cool and beautiful... There is a little pool in Corbin Cabin's front yard as you can bathe in cold mountain spring water and fill up your water are gonna need it... If you wish to keep it relatively easy...turn back now and retrace route...otherwise... Warning...the next two miles is a tough, steep climb over the mountain with plenty of pausing to collect your breath...I will not soon forget the Indian Run Trail! Fairly steep descent in isolated places but relatively calm...ankles were worked out a bit on the Corbin Hollow Trail as it did get quite rocky around Brokenback Run... Old Rag whispers to you as faint glimpses of the mountain appear through the trees as you wind down the Fire Road... A long...great day hike with plenty of calories burned on a 97ºF day with high humidity...but not uncomfortable with lots of places to wash and drink...Awesome Workout!

By: Paul Rating: Date of Hike: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
The Nicholson Hollow Trail is a most romantic SNP trail...Gorgeous...especially when its 20ºF cooler than at your car...Peaceful and serene the Hughes River flows right beside you all the way to the old mountain home." Enjoy the beauty of the river at the cabin...bathe a bit with lots of water to replenish...if you continue up the mountain then you'll need have seen plenty...retrace your route...but...if you'd like a little more of a workout don't's here! The Indian Run Trail will not soon be forgotten...15% grade up a couple of miles...little relief in between...straight up...

The Corbin Mountain Trail begins the descent but just before you hit the first Fire Road you go up again...then the rocky 16% grade down Corbin Hollow where the beautiful sound of the water returns...Brokenback Run slides on down to the second fire road...where you finish down in the shadows of Old Rag...
Great Summertime Hike...

By: Chip Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, May 05, 2013
I did this hike over the past weekend and found it to be great circuit hike and much less crowded than the Old Rag parking lot would lead one to believe.  The hike up was mostly along an old cart path of some sort and not necessarily along the river.  I did run into a few backpackers on their way out after fishing there are a few high impact campsites before getting to Corbin Cabin.  An NSPS employee must have been in a hurry as I walked down the Old Rag Fire Road, glad I wasn't in the middle of the road as they drove by.  I decided to take the Robertson Mountain Trail and was treated to a great view and some solititude after a couple of backpackers left the peak.  However, the hike down was steep, about the steepest and loosest trail I have seen in some time.  Think from the top of Robertson Mtn. to the Weekley Hollow Fire road the trail drops 1800 feet in about 1.5 miles.  The highlight of the down hike was seeing a bear at about 20 yards, think he was coming up the trail. 

By: Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, May 26, 2012
It's amazing there can be 200+ cars in the Old Rag parking area, and not see a single individual on this entire trail until it meets the fire road. Box turtles, scarlet tanagers, and lots of insects. Echoing other comments, be prepared for a climb, and a less-used trail, after Corbin Cabin. Pretty lush (overgrown), if I did it again I'd do a in-and-out along Hughes River, by far the nicest part of the hike.

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