Rappahannock County Highpoint Trip Report

two areas on The Pinnacle, one with spot elevation 3,730 ft (3720+ ft)

Date: March 31, 2006
Author: Michael Schwartz

Park at the Jewell Hollow Overlook, hike east along the road, and turn left into the woods at a blue-blazed stone trail marker. The side trail leads uphill and intersects the A.T. after less than 100 feet. Take the A.T., which seems as wide as a highway, to the right. GPS really helps assure you that your choices of highpoint are correct. The western area, with the 3730-foot spot elevation, is reached shortly after the trail tops out. Look for a very large boulder about 75 feet back into the woods, requiring a brief bushwhack to reach. I believe that's the highest point in the western area.

Continue along on the trail, which dips very slightly, passes Gene Daniel's 15-foot rock pinnacle, and then runs immediately to the right of several rock bumps. GPS liked about three of them and they take minimal effort to reach. Looking back at the western area, it looked higher using the eyeball method.