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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: Kellygirl Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, July 19, 2014
Completed this loop in the opposite direction as posted. It was cool and overcast day in July! I had to take advantage of that! The hike was not difficult and easier going in the direction I took. I'm glad I didn't do Old Rag..it was full of tourists! This is a good hike for people who want to increase their hiking miles.

By: Ken Rating: Date of Hike: Friday, June 27, 2014
This hike was okay but didn't deliver much in the way of views or water. I think it was more a matter of timing than the trail itself. The walk up to the cabin was pleasant enough and definitely not too challenging. I had lunch at the Cabin before continuing. The Indian Run trail was a good steady climb along a trail that is getting crowded in by the vegetation. There was almost nothing to see but green, and the same conditions applied all the way to the Old Rag Fire Road. The Corbin Hollow Trail started the same way but then opened up into a much clearer trail that was surprisingly steep at times. I could hear Brokenback Run throughout the descent but only caught a couple of glimpses through the trees. While I didn't particularly care for this hike on this day, I bet it would be much more enjoyable in the fall or winter when you can get a better appreciation for the terrain...probably a 4. With all that, this hike did deliver on solitude. I saw absolutely nobody the entire hike until I got to the upper parking lot. and somtimes that's the best way to enjoy a hike.

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 bottles...you 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 97F 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 20F 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 it...otherwise...you have seen plenty...retrace your route...but...if you'd like a little more of a workout don't worry...it'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...


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