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Compton Peak East Trail

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A short trail that crosses the AT with views to the surrounding area and iconic geologic formations.


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Miles

0.6

KM

60%

Runnable

2,943' 897 m

High

2,738' 834 m

Low

83' 25 m

Up

206' 63 m

Down

16%

Avg Grade (9°)

36%

Max Grade (20°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

To access this trail, use the AT: Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PA/MD/VA/WV) from the Compton Gap parking area. The section of trail that goes to the right heads to a better, more open view of the surrounding area with some portions of the trail that are loose and tricky to navigate.

To the left, the trail heads to an amazing example of volcanic columnar jointing with large prismatic columns of rock that split when cooling some 800 million years ago. The views on this side of the trail can be more obstructed but there are opportunities to see directly out into the Piedmont.

Thanks to Larry W. Brown, for sharing this trail description. If you’re interested in learning more details about great hikes, weather, camping / lodging, wildlife, and scenic drives, check out the comprehensive Guide to Shenandoah National Park.

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Shared By:

Larry W Brown

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Viewpoint
Dec 2, 2018 near Washington, VA
Columnar basalt rock format at Compton Peak east.
Apr 25, 2021 near Washington, VA
View from Compton Peak west—Shenandoah River visible in the distance.
Apr 25, 2021 near Front R…, VA
Great view
Dec 5, 2017 near Front R…, VA
Trail stairs.
Jul 24, 2019 near Washington, VA
A great viewpoint
Dec 5, 2017 near Front R…, VA

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