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Sat, Sep 07


Chester Gap

Hike: Compton Peak, Shenandoah National Park, VA

Labor Day is past, school has started, and Capital Hiking Club launches another season of top-quality hiking.

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Time & Location

Sep 07, 2019, 8:00 AM – 6:30 PM

Chester Gap, Chester Gap, VA, USA

About the Event

$26 + park fee/pass. Long hike: 10 mi., 3200 ft. ascent, 1400 ft. descent. Moderate hike: 6½ mi., 1700 ft. ascent, 1000 descent.

We’ll initiate our fall schedule with a southbound ramble on the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah’s North District. Long hikers start in Chester Gap at Rt. 522 and ascend the AT into park, with moderate hikers joining their route at Compton Gap. Both hikes end at Hogwallow Flats Overlook on the Skyline Drive. High point of the hike, both literally and figuratively, is 2,909-ft. Compton Peak, where an optional side trail leads to an outcrop of columnar basalt and a viewpoint.

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