Crabtree Meadows to Pinnacle Rocks

EASY 4 reviews

Crabtree Meadows to Pinnacle Rocks is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Alhambra, Virginia that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.3 miles
492 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips




Parked in the Crabtree meadows parking lot and walk east to nearby campsites. Then turn left on old fire trail and enter Priest Wilderness. Trail is grass covered the first mile and then is defined, but crossed with hemlock and assorted windfalls. Minor scrambling over and under trees, but overall easy hike. At last "switchback" trail descends slightly into a meadow and trail is on the right side. It then ascends onto the Pinnacle Ridge which is at elevation 3145 feet; 2000 feet above Tyro to the north, and 1000 feet below Priest Mountain to the southeast.   Pinnacle Rocks extends outward about another 1000 feet or so. The rock is somewhat conducive to rappelling, but there is a lot of freeze/thaw during the winter. Use care when approaching edge for loose rock, moss, and lichen. It drops about 300 feet. The rocks offer a spectacular view to the east and on a clear day you can see Monasco Mountain in Schuyler and almost to Buckingham County, near Howardsville on the James River.

5 months ago

At the trailhead there are 2 options, which can be confusing. One takes you to Crab Tree falls and is right from the parking lot. This review is for the other one, the meadows trail, which you access by continuing a little further down the road in the direction you came up, beyond the parking lot. Did this trail in early April. Looked a little abandoned, but was a lot of fun. Very foggy in the AM which leant quite an erie feel to the walk. The sun burned the fog off though and it was nice and peaceful. No sounds of civilization at all. Although we got a bit turned around in the last meadow and didn't go out to Pinnacle Rocks. Still had a good time though. A lot of deadfalls, but the trail is fairly easy to follow until the last open meadows area, where it gets indistinct. We found the forest service marker in the ground at that point, which was quite interesting.

Relatively easy walk. Saw some bear scat and paw prints in the soft moss covered first mile of the trail.

There is a 4 mile gravel road drive to get to this hike, which we weren't expecting. Luckily we have an SUV. Not so sure this would be good for a family car with low clearance. There are two small water crossings on the drive up the trail for your vehicle. Would be really muddy after a rain I suspect.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Great trail overall! Wonderful views and the waterfall is amazing. However directions from this app send you straight to the top of the mountain! Do not suggest taking this route unless you have a car built to off road and don't mind a dirt twisty road to the top. Found out after finishing the trail down there is a parking lot at the bottom. Not a great idea to park at the top, walk all the way down and then have to walk all the way back, this trail kicked my butt today!

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Friday, July 07, 2017