I could use some help. It sounds like Crabtree falls would be a good place to test out my new WJ. Any insider knowledge on planing the trip would be great. Start and finish locations and equipment that's a must. I'm thinking of going in early Dec. Also would going solo be foolish?
Heading to shoe creek alone in December might be quite the adventure. If the weather has been cold the backside of the mountain will have several places of solid ice across the trail. If you had a problem on the trail it would be a long walk out for help. Try finding someone else to go with you, its always good to have help if you need it. Or go before it gets cold up there.
The easiest way to get to Shoe Creek is off rt.56 in Nelson County. As your head west on rt.56 you will pass by Crab Tree Falls on your left continue up rt.56 for another 3-4 miles or so. You are looking for the Meadow road, it will be on your left. There is a log home on the left just before the Meadow road turn left. Look at rt.56 on Google maps, you can see where the Meadow road comes into 56. Stay on the meadow road until you reach the Appalachian Trail at the top of the mountain. The meadow road becomes shoe creek. HTH
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looking at your vehicle specs I would say you can make it up from either side even with snow (ice without snow can always be problematic though). definitely go with another jeep too, regardless of weather. it's certainly doable solo even with a stock jeep, but stuff can happen. my first time there was in snow and I never lost my momentum, it was a joyride over the mountain. the second time was a month ago and banged my front diff pretty good on a submerged rock in a creek crossing, and I'm on 33s. the second time my friend came along with his stock TJ on 30s and his only issue was lack of flex. we came up all the obstacles toward 56
the top of Shoe Creek trail crosses the Appalachian Trail. one way goes to Spy Rock which has an amazing panoramic view, the other way goes to Crabtree Falls. there is camping areas on the non-shoe-creek side of the mountain, but for any good views you'll need to go on foot for a few miles