This peak has no official name, and I climbed it initially just because I had noticed it on a topographic map and it would be a new peak for me. It would also enhance my knowledge of the Massanutten area. However, once I stood on top and explored even better vantage points just below, I realized the summit views alone made it a worthy destination. I mentally added it to my “Yes, I would do it again” list.
From the Washington, DC area:
Take 66 west, then exit 6 for 340 south toward Front Royal.
After about 1.2 miles on 340, turn right (west) onto VA 55.
Drive 5.1 miles and turn left onto VA 678 / Fort Valley Road.
Drive 10.2 miles, then turn left (east) onto VA 774 / Veach Gap Road.
This becomes a good dirt road for about 0.8 miles, at the end of which there is a fairly spacious parking area.
Route from the Veach Gap Trailhead:
This is an easy out-and-back hike in the Veach Gap area of the George Washington National Forest.
From the parking area, look for a closed gate and yellow blazes. Pass the gate and head up the yellow-blazed Veach Gap Trail.
You will enjoy views of pretty Mill Run along the way.
In little over a mile, you’ll encounter a junction with the orange/blue-blazed Massanutten/Tuscarora Trail. Turn right here.
In a few minutes you’ll pass the Little Crease Shelter. Now just continue to follow the orange/blue blazes all the way to the ridge. Along the way, the trail becomes an old, fairly steep and rocky wagon road.
Upon gaining the ridge top, turn right and ascend the first bump to the south. That is Point 1891. The summit is spacious and flat.
Better views can be obtained by descending slightly to the east. You'll see the meandering south fork of the Shenandoah River, and the Blue Ridge in the distance.
Retrace your steps to return to the Veach Gap trailhead. However, for a bonus peak, scramble up the steep but reasonably open east slopes of Peak 1653 on your way back, and then descend the mossy boulder-strewn north slopes to rejoin the Veach Gap Trail. (Peak 1653 is the teardrop-shaped peak that forms the south side of Veach Gap.)
This hike is about 4.8 miles round trip, with a gain of about 1,000 feet.
Point 1891 and the described route are on public land inside the George Washington National Forest. There are no fees or permits required for hiking or camping in the immediate area.
Point 1891 can be climbed at any time of year. Winter is best for summit views; fall is best for foliage. Summer is arguably the worst, due to humidity and bugs.
Deer hunting with modern firearms is allowed in the George Washington National Forest in late November, so hiking in the area should be avoided then.
Camping is legal and free throughout the George Washington National Forest, except in the immediate vicinity of picnic areas and certain other locations. The Elizabeth Furnace Recreation Area (about seven miles north of the Veach Gap trailhead on VA 678) has a large campsite with restrooms and picnic areas. Contact the Lee Ranger District for more information.
The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) maintains the trails in the Massanutten range, and offers maps, guidebooks and other information.