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Compton Peak East Trail

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Trail

0.3 mile 0.6 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 83' 25 m
Descent: -206' -63 m
High: 2,943' 897 m
Low: 2,738' 834 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 16% (9°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)

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Trail shared by Larry W. Brown

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

Larry W. Brown

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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Jul 19, 2019
Michael Smith
A relatively easy hike with a nice overlook. You don't want to miss the columnar basalt formation. 2.4mi
Jun 23, 2018
Lea Marx

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Dec 2, 2018 near Washington, VA
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Dec 5, 2017 near Front R…, VA
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Jul 24, 2019 near Washington, VA
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