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The Priest from Crabtree Meadows

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 4.0 (5) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Head to The Priest from the north on a shorter variant for those looking to tackle less mileage and elevation gain.


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4.6

Miles

7.4

KM

76%

Runnable

4,089' 1,246 m

High

3,044' 928 m

Low

1,172' 357 m

Up

1,173' 358 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

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Overview

The Priest lives along a wonderful segment of the Appalachian Trail in the George Washington National Forest Glenwood & Pedlar Ranger District. Trail access from the north may be a little tough for some people to reach (4WD vehicles are strongly recommended), but if you can get there, you'll be treated to magnificent views of the Tye River Valley.

Description

Park at the Crabtree Meadows Parking Lot, and follow Meadow Lane Road south until it reaches the AT. Turn left onto the trail, and continue until the trail splits. Stay left to continue onto the summit. There are two streams that you'll need to cross (.5 and 1.2 miles from the beginning of Meadows Lane road from Rt 56). You don't need a 4WD on Meadows Lane but not recommended for low clearance sports cars). Most of the camping sites off Meadows Lane are fine, a few require 4WD. The National Forest does not begin until the second stream crossing (at 1.2 miles).

The true summit is actually covered by trees, but the rock outcropping on the left is the main attraction with 180-degree views of the valley and adjacent mountains.

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Shared By:

Brandon Jilg with improvements by Mike Ya

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View from rock outcropping on Priest trail
Jul 9, 2018 near Lovingston, VA
Rock outcropping near summit of Priest
Jul 9, 2018 near Lovingston, VA
A rock overlook offers gorgeous summit views of the Priest Wilderness looking north.
Jan 28, 2017 near Lovingston, VA

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