- Old Rag Mountain is HEAVILY visited. Robertson is a much less traveled trail.
- Old Rag provides some of the most beautiful mountain views in the area year round. In late Spring/Summer season Robertson only gives you glimpses of the surrounding mountains (although the woods around you are still nice).
- Old Rag includes a lot of scrambling on rocks, where Robertson is a more conventional narrow trail. I found the trail to be loaded with poison ivy as well.
The loop includes a walk on the Old Rag fire road and the Robertson Trail itself. The entrance closest to the Old Rag parking lot has a short aggressively steep start. In my case I followed the longer, more gradual fire road and did the steep descent at the end of the trail.
Opinion? I would possibly hike the trail again in winter, but not until I have scouted some of the other local trails. If I come down with poison ivy from the trip (it was everywhere) it will make it less likely too.
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Here is an example of the Old Rag Fire Road path:
...and here is an example of the actual Robertson Mountain Trail.
This is the kind of view I saw from the trail: not too good, especially when I saw just viewing the area from the top of Old Rag next door.