|Trailhead parking at the end of McKittrick Road
|Trail viewed from McKittrick Road.
Mile 0.6 - After crossing the stream, ascend steeply for about 20 feet to an old road. This road bed is actually the original trail from McKittrick Road, but the trail was re-routed decades ago due to private property along the road. Take a right on this road, and after about 50 yards, cut right and begin a series of ascending switchbacks.
Mile 1.1 - The trail reaches a ridge and climbs the ridge line.
|Looking back downhill.
Mile 2.0 - At the time of this hike (April, 2020), the trail becomes very overgrown. The trail is easy to follow because the growth remains shorter than the surrounding areas and the trail ascends in a straight line. But this part of the trail is open to the sun, and growth is thick here.
|Note the yellow blaze on the tree to the left of the "trail."
Mile 3.0 - The trail reached the summit of Crawford Knob. There are some social trails that head right (north) but do not appear to reach anything worth exploring. After this, the trail drops in elevation again, with winter views north towards Elliott Knob, Shenandoah Mountain, and the Deerfield Valley.
Mile 3.8 - After recovering most of its lost elevation, the Crawford Knob Trail ends at a signpost indicating its intersection with the Crawford Mountain Trail. To the left here, it is 0.2 miles to the intersection with the Chimney Hollow Trail, which continues west to its terminus at U.S. 250. There was a lot of Greenbrier here when I hiked this area six months previous, but much of it had been clipped back in the meantime. Further south, the Crawford Mountain Trail connects with the North Mountain Trail, which leads to Elliott Knob and beyond. To the right, the Crawford Mountain Trail has been decommissioned by the Forest Service after a local landowner rescinded access through his property on U.S. 250. It may still be followable further north, but this section, which is fairly flat, does not easily indicate the former trail's route.