• Activities:

    Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    6 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    1200 Feet

Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

This is a secluded hike in the Central District of Shenandoah National Park to a 3296' summit with expansive views to the south.

Robertson Mountain is often overshadowed by the nearby Old Rag Mountain, but standing 5 feet taller than Old Rag, this hike offers seclusion and gorgeous views to the south. 

Starting from the Limberlost Trailhead parking lot at MP 43 on the Skyline Drive, take the chained off Old Rag Fire Road.  Walk for 2.1 miles on the fire road, until you reach the Robertson Mountain Trail which breaks off to the left.  This will be the 6th trail intersection you'll come to along the fire road, so keep an eye out for the short brown concrete posts marking trail intersections in the park. 

When you intersect the Robertson Mountain Trail it is a short 0.8 miles up to the summit. The summit trail will break off to your right from the main trail- it is not marked but it obvious. From here you can explore the rocks and expansive views at the summit. 

Retrace your steps back down the Robertson Mountain Trail and turn right on the Old Rag Fire road, with a gradual and sometimes steep climb back up to Skyline Drive. 

***This hike can also be completed as a 6.8 mile loop from the Old Rag parking area by taking the Weakley Hollow Fire Road to the Robertson Mountain Trail and turning left on the Old Rag Fire Road after you descend from the summit.  This route, however, is extremely steep and much more difficult than the approach from the Skyline Drive.

For a map of the area, click here: Trail Map.   

Pack List

  • Trail Map
  • Money for Shenandoah National Park entrance fee
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Camera
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