GET Guidebook 3c

Edition 1/26/2013

 

Section 3c
Wolf Gap to VA 691/CR 59
5.9 miles (3.5 miles road walk)


View of Tibbet Knob from VA 691

Parking

  1. North end of section at Wolf Gap.  Go 11.6 miles west of I-81 Exit 279 on VA 675 (at VA 42 in Columbia Furnace, turn right, then left, then left again, staying on VA 675).  Wolf Gap is on right at state line.  A parking area is within the loop on the right. 
  2. Trailhead of Tibbett Knob Trail onto VA 691.  From VA 675 9.8 miles from I-81 Exit 279 turn left on VA 789, go 0.3 mile, turn right on VA 691 (Judge Rye Road, although signs at this intersection are incomplete), go 1.9 mile.  At top of hill, Tibbet Knob Trail is on right, and parking is available. 
  3. Trailhead of Long Mountain Trail onto VA 691, on right.  This is 4.5 miles from VA 789 (2.6 miles past Tibbet Knob Trail). 
  4. There is parking along VA 691 5.4 miles from VA 789 (3.4 miles past Tibbet Knob Trail) on left, just before south end of this section. 


Shuttle

  North to South:  Exit Wolf Gap area and turn left on VA 675 and go 1.8 miles to VA 789 (Sam Clark Road, but no signs indicating it so) and turn right.  Go 0.3 mile, turn right on Judge Rye Road (VA 691, but no sign for it) and go 5.4 miles. 
  South to North:  Go north/east on VA 691 5.4 miles and turn left on Sam Clark Road (VA 789, although no signs indicating it so).  In 0.3 mile turn left on VA 675 and turn left.  Go 1.8 miles to state line and turn right into Wolf Gap area. 

Maps

  PATC Map F
  USGS 7.5' Quadrangles: Wolf Gap, WV/VA

Trail Description, North to South

Miles   Data
 0.0 At Wolf Gap (elev. 2230') the Great Eastern Trail crosses VA 675 - CR 23/10 to yellow-blazed Tibbett Knob Trail opposite Wolf Gap Campground road.  There are some campsites here, with one picnic table.  Follow old road, at about 80 yds follow left fork and in another 80 yds trail continues into woods.  On right pass remains of a house.
 0.4 Pass viewpoint to east on left. 
 0.5 Pass another viewpoint to east on left. 
 1.5 Steep rocky climb, ending near Tibbet Knob summit, view to east.   
 1.6 Tibbet Knob Summit (elev. 2920') with cliffs.  Views to west and north.  Campsite to left after rocks. 
 2.1 Overhanging rocks on left. 
 2.2 Pass viewpoint to east on left.  Views of Threemile Mountain, Massanutten Mountain, and the Blue Ridge, if clear enough. 
 2.4 Tibbett Knob Trail ends on gravel road (VA 691, Judge Rye Road, elev. 2540'), with some fire rings and parking.  Continue to right and downhill on VA 691. 
 2.7 Reach low point (elev. 2440') as road curves to right.  For the next 1.5 miles there are occasional short side roads and campsites as this road climbs the crest of Devils Hole Mountain, after which the road curves to the left.
 2.8 Unimproved road to right. 
 3.4 Unimproved road to right
 3.9 View back of Tibbet Knob. 
 4.9 Yellow-blazed Long Mountain Trail leads to right (elev. 2930'). 
 5.4 Reach high point of section (elev. 3120').  Views of Tibbet Knob and Big Schloss visible between trees. 
 5.8 Parking area on left. 
 5.9 Just after that, orange-blazed North Mountain Trail leads left along crest of ridge and Laurel Run Trail (yellow blazed) is left of that.  Gravel road starts its descent into West Virginia as CR 59.  GET continues south on North Mountain Trail into Section 3d. 


Trail Description, South to North

Miles   Data
 0.0 South end of section, where North Mountain Trail emerges on VA 691 (ahead to right) and CR 59 (to left), with yellow-blazed Laurel Run Trail going right.  Great Eastern Trail continues north along VA 691 (gravel road) and follows it for 3.4 miles. 
 0.1 Parking area on right. 
 0.5 Reach high point of section (elev. 3120').  Views of Tibbet Knob and Big Schloss visible between trees. 
 1.0 Yellow-blazed Long Mountain Trail goes to left (elev. 2930'). 
 2.0 View ahead of Tibbet Knob. 
 2.5 Unimproved road to left. 
 3.1 Unimproved road to left 
 3.2 Reach low point (elev. 2440') as road curves to left. 
 3.5 At top of hill (elev. 2540'), leave VA 691 on yellow-blazed Tibbet Knob Trail.  Parking and campsites here. 
 3.7 Pass viewpoint to east on right.  Views of Threemile Mountain, Massanutten Mountain, and the Blue Ridge, if clear enough. 
 3.8 Overhanging rocks on right. 
 4.3 Tibbet Knob summit (elev. 2920').  Campsite on right, then cliffs and open views west and north. 
 4.4 Near Tibbet Knob summit, view to east, followed by a steep rocky descent. 
 5.4 Pass viewpoint to east on right. 
 5.5 Pass another viewpoint to east on right. 
 5.8 Pass remains of old house on left.  Trail comes into camping area, and joins a road coming from left.  Continue to right.
 5.9 Reach paved road (VA 675 to right, CR 23/10 to left) at Wolf Gap (elev. 2230').  End of section, GET continues across on paved road into Wolf Gap Campground into Section 3b. 

 

 

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