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Sat, Nov 04


Comptom Peak

Hike: Compton Peak, Shenandoah National Park, VA

Compton Peak is notable for its set of columnar jointing of basalt crystals with their distinctive hexagonal shape.

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Time & Location

Nov 04, 2023, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM EDT

Comptom Peak, Compton Peak, Virginia 22610, USA

About the Event

$36. Long hike: 10 mi., 3200 ft. ascent. Moderate hike: 6½ mi., 1700 ft. ascent.

Long hikers start in Chester Gap at Rt. 522 and ascend the AT into park, with moderate hikers joining their route at Compton Gap Trail. 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 optional side trails lead to the columnar basalt outcrop and to a viewpoint of the Shenandoah Valley below.

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