ElevationAscent: 2,092' 638 m
Descent: -2,093' -638 m
High: 3,083' 940 m
Low: 993' 303 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“A single trail featuring stream crossings, cascades, and historic former homesites.”— Larry W. Brown
Though most of the trail is a continuous descent, the first portion is a bit steeper than the last. Beginning from Skyline Drive near the Stoney Man Overlook, visitors will make their way to Corbin Cabin. The way is all downhill, with few switchbacks.
At about two miles, visitors will pass the Corbin Cabin Cutoff Trail, but will continue heading east. Soon the Hughes River will be heard, and the trail will follow the Hughes River. Though the dense foliage will obstruct views of the water, the rush of the river will accompany runners all the way to Nicholson Hollow.
Along the way, the trail will grow more mellow, and pass both the Hot Mtn-Short Mtn Trail and the Hannah Run Trail. The woods here open up, and the going is easy. The gentle grades make for easy and quick navigation. Keep your eyes sharp in this section, and you'll be able to pick out some of the old homesites from when settlers once made their homes near the water's edge. Near the end of the trail, visitors will have to cross both the Hughes River, as well as Brokenback Run. Each crossing can be hazardous at high water, and so this is best undertaken during dry portions of the year.
As you approach the end of the trail, you'll be moving onto private property. Please respect the property owners, and remain on the trail. Once you reach the end of the trail, you can shuttle back to the start or head back the way that you came.
Thanks to Larry W. Brown, for sharing this description. If you’re interested in learning more details about great runs, weather, camping / lodging, wildlife, and scenic drives, check out the comprehensive Guide to Shenandoah National Park.
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