Crabtree Meadows to Pinnacle Rocks is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tyro, 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 bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.3 miles Elevation Gain: 492 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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

Definitely not used much. 100% not marked. This trail is physically easy. It is also the sketchiest trail I’ve been on and would not only not have been able to complete it, would have probably got lost if I was walking it without maps or tools. I call it sketchy because about 1/4 into the trail it disappears, at that point it’s like just walking through the woods with no idea of where to go. The trail does reappear a couple of times briefly. I did use the downloaded topo map from my AllTrails app along with recorded tracks from others. First, leave the parking area and go left on the road. The trail head is located at the back of the first “campsite” on your left, it’s not marked and not obvious. Second, if you use a map and compass or do what I did, the payoff is worth it! We had the trail and the rocks to ourselves the entire trip, and an extremely peaceful view of the Priest.

Thu Nov 01 2018

A lovely hike along the wilderness boundary. The trail traverses a couple of lovely mature cove hardwood forest stands before starting up hill to the Pinacle ridge. There was a lot of blown down brush obscuring the trail but it s simple to get to the top. Lovely view of the Priest and several ridges. Be warned, although the trail is an old forest road, it is not blazed and can be lost.

Thu Apr 05 2018

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.

Thu Apr 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!

Sun Aug 06 2017

Fri Jul 07 2017