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17 or 20 miles strenuous hike down to Hazel River & up to Mary's Rock

This 17 or 20 miles hike will take us down almost to the bottom of the valley through White Rocks Trail, famously called Hell's Hill,  along the Hazel Mountain trail / Sams Ridge Trail and rise up almost 2,000 feet to Mary's Rock vista where we can see beautiful mountain views.

Mileage: There are 2 options you can chose from:

20 miles: Include both Hazel River trails and go to Mary's Rock. Elevation gains: 4,750

17 miles: Skip Mary's Rock 3 miles trip. Elevation gains: 4,150


1. Very steep climbing on Buck Ridge Trail and White Rocks trail;

2. Possible stream crossing. Please prepare a pair of water shoes.

Trail head parking lot:[masked], [masked] On US-211 W, Sperryville, VA.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE about parking:

We will park at the trail head on US-211 W connecting to Buck Hollow trail, NOT the Hazel River Trail head at Skyline Drive.

Average moving speed:[masked]m/hr

Carpool fee: $6/person to show our appreciation to our drivers and share their gas cost as well. Thanks. 

Trail head parking fees: Free.


1. You should try to car pool with those who hike the same mileage. 

2. Drivers, please be careful about the speed limit (25 and 45) when you are passing the Town center. Cops are always around that area. 

Hike starts at 7am. Car pooling at 5:30am at Vienna Metro station NORTH parking lot. Google address: Vienna Metro North Lot, Oakton, VA 22181

20 miles group: All in!!! All Rock n Roll Stars.

Maps: Here is the hiking route (Please print it out and bring it with you):

Route and water source file

[masked] or 20 miles to Mary's Rock and Hazel Moutain


From Parking lot on US211W--->(L)Buck Rige Trail --->(L) Hazel Mountain trail --->Sam Ridge trail --->(L) Hazel River trail --->(R) White Rock trail --->(loop) Water Fall trail ---> back to White Rock trail --->(R) Hazel River trail.

For 17 Milers: (R) Buck Hollow trail --->Parking lot trail head.

For 20 Milers: Cross Skyline Drive go up Meadow Spring trail ---> (R) AT trail --->(L) Mary's Rock. Back to Skyline Drive Parking lot --->(L) Buck Hollow trail --->Parking lot trail head.

The hiking upward link below has the parking and hiking trail information. The difference is that we will go up the mountain from the Buck Ridge Trail and come back from the Buck Hollow trail. So we get more and steeper climbing.

"Liability Wavier": Please make yourself aware of the Washington Backpackers group's "Liability Wavier" posted on this meet-up-site. You are responsible for you own safety (Click it):

WB Liability Waiver file


If you can offer a ride or you need a ride, please write your comments here. We will try to get everyone covered before we head to the Vienna Metro station. So can we leave on time. -----------------------------------------------------------------------

I will send out my contact cell phone information to the attendees 2 days in advance.

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  • patricia z.

    Jin's hikes "rock"! She keeps us moving. What a workout and with everyone in great spirits! THANKS. And thanks to Phil and other leaders and especially to sweeps who have us security all day.

    1 · June 23, 2014

  • Helen

    So sorry, I cant make it. no feeling well :(

    June 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry guys. Can't make this one. Be safe & have a great hike.

    June 20, 2014

  • Helen

    Hello! this is my new contact number 4105014718.

    June 20, 2014

  • Dave

    I will be driving directly to the trailhead from Fredericksburg. I will meet everyone there at 7:00am.

    June 20, 2014

  • Helen

    Hello, I am coming from Annapolis and I would like to carpool with someone. Let me know please!

    June 19, 2014

    • Helen

      I would like to do 20 miles.

      June 19, 2014

  • Philip M.

    I will have a vehicle with one other seat plus covered pick-up bed

    June 19, 2014

  • Hollis

    I'm a maybe right now. Twisted my ankle 2 weekends ago and it is still sore, so not sure I should put 20 miles on it. I'll see how it feels on Friday.

    June 17, 2014

  • Mo

    Hi Jin,
    I paid for the this meetup. But my name is not in the list. I can send you my receipt if you need it.

    June 16, 2014

    • Mo

      Thank you Jin!

      June 16, 2014

  • Bryan

    I'd like to attend this hike, but I'm not sure if I can make it from Baltimore to Vienna metro station by 5:30 because of lack of transit. Anyone interested in cowboy camping near the trailhead in SNP?

    May 14, 2014

    • Bryan

      Cool, that would also work. I will bring my sleeping bag. Thank you =)

      May 14, 2014

  • patricia z.


    I will be looking for a ride as METRO does not run that early. Mass Ave, DT DC. Happy to share expenses.


    April 23, 2014

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Your organizer's refund policy for 17 or 20 miles strenuous hike down to Hazel River & up to Mary's Rock

Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled
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