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Trail

9.1 mile 14.6 kilometer loop
Singletrack
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Elevation

Ascent: 3,147' 959 m
Descent: -3,147' -959 m
High: 4,087' 1,246 m
Low: 1,036' 316 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 42% (23°)

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Trail shared by John Phillips

An eight mile out-and-back hike following the Appalachian Trail as it climbs over 3000 ft to the summit of the Priest.

John Phillips

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Overview

Strong hikers will enjoy the challenge of this climb and the views from the rock outcrops. Families or groups with slower members can set the first overview as a goal for the day.

Description

This trail is likely the most strenuous outing on the section of the A.T maintained by the Natural Bridge Appalachian Trail Club. Sustained steep climbs and descents combined with the rocky and rooted nature of the trail make this route a bit difficult to negotiate. The challenges are well rewarded however! There are rocky overlooks on the south-east down into the Tye River Valley and north-west from the summit of the Priest. The hike starts from the parking are on VA-56 beside the Tye River.

If making the return journey in the same day sounds like a bit much, there is a shelter located near the summit of the Priest.

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Dec 18, 2018
Mike Dickerson
10h 13m
Aug 23, 2018
John Scrivani
Nice August weather. Great trail even with steep ascent. Limited view at summit 9mi
Jun 10, 2018
Imogen Bradbury
9.1mi
May 26, 2018
James Ortmann
Rain, deteriorating trail conditions, and a spoked dig turned us back before the summit. 5.4mi
Apr 18, 2018
John Glockner
9.4mi — 8h 00m
Jan 20, 2018
Chris R
9.1mi

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