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Compton Peak from Jenkins Gap

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Compton Peak from Jenkins Gap parking area

J H

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3.4

Miles

5.4

KM

80%

Runnable

2,932' 894 m

High

2,369' 722 m

Low

759' 231 m

Up

759' 231 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Leashed

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Overview

Run to Compton Peak from the Jenkins Gap parking lot, which is significantly less busy than the Compton Gap lot. Avoids the crowd.

Description

The Compton Gap parking area is very busy on a Sunday afternoon, and is also across the main road from the trailhead. I missed the turn into the lot, but noted the lot looked very full, kept going and started from Jenkins Gap parking area. Only a few cars in the Jenkins Gap lot, and only saw one other couple (friendly AT thru-hikers) on the way up. Pleasant run up an easy/moderate path through the forest on the AT. Everyone at the peak had started from Compton Gap parking area.

Interesting basalt geological formation down the rocky trail east of the peak -- the steeper rocky trail to the formation was easily the most challenging part of the run in terms of avoiding a twisted ankle. Worth the effort if you like geology!

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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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