May 26, 2024

The Priest Wilderness Area – Tye River Trailhead (Route 56)

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Route 56

United States

The Priest is a wonderful segment hike along the Appalachian Trail in the George Washington National Forest’s Glenwood & Pedlar Ranger District. It rises straight up from the valley floor and forms part of an impressive skyline when driving in from the Tye River Valley. This hike involves a 3000 foot elevation gain, and once the trail starts climbing, it maintains a remarkably constant 13% grade for 3.6 miles before steepening slightly for the last 0.3 mile to the summit.  We often extend hikes to The Priest to include nearby highlights such as Crabtree Falls and Spy Rock.

GPS Coordinates:  37.83831, -79.02328

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