Crabtree Meadows to Pinnacle Rocks

EASY 3 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.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
639 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

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.

17 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

3 months ago

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!