Compton Peak East Trail
ElevationAscent: 83' 25 m
Descent: -206' -63 m
High: 2,943' 897 m
Low: 2,738' 834 m
GradeAvg Grade: 16% (9°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)
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“A short trail that crosses the AT with views to the surrounding area and iconic geologic formations.”— Larry W. Brown
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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