Robertson Mountain – Corbin Hollow
A short lollipop with a grueling climb up to Robertson Mountain. A convenient way to pack in a lot of ascent, especially by doing repeats of the loop.
- 9.2 miles
- Running time
- 2–3 hours
- Total ascent/descent
- 3,000 feet
- GPX file
- What to wear
Leave the new Old Rag Parking on the new Ridge Trail and climb for 0.6 miles until the intersection with the Ridge Access Trail. Take a right and descend 0.4 miles to the Weakley Hollow Fire Road. Bear left and climb for 1.25 miles to the intersection with the Corbin Hollow Trail (you will return on this trail). Keep going a short distance to the Robertson Mountain Trail. Take a right and begin the ascent of Robertson Mountain, climbing 1,800 feet in 1.7 miles. Reach the summit at mile 4.01, then enjoy a gradual 0.7 mile descent down to the Old Rag Fire Road. Take a right on this gravel road and ascend a short distance to the Corbin Hollow Trail (mile 4.8). Take a right and descend 2.1 miles down Corbin Hollow to the Weakley Hollow Fire Road.
Congrats! You have just done one rep of the Robertson Mountain – Corbin Hollow loop. At this point you can do it again (and again) by taking a right and going a few hundred feet to the Robertson Mountain Trail, which will be off to your right. Each repeat of this loop will add 5 miles and 2,000 feet of ascent.2
When you are ready to return to your car, take a left and descend on the Weakley Hollow Fire Road for 1.25 miles to the Ridge Access Trail, take a right and climb for 0.4 miles, and then take a left on the Ridge Trail for 0.6 miles back to the Old Rag Parking.
Be sure to take in the views from the top, as you are eye-level with Old Rag just a couple of miles to the southeast. ↩
For a two-loop effort, that’s 14.2 miles with 5,000 feet of ascent and 352 feet per mile. For three loops you’re looking at 19.2 miles, 7,000 feet of ascent, and 365 feet per mile. ↩
Last updated September 17, 2020
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