RSVPs have closed. If you are interested, call me. AT NIGHT THIS DIFFICULT HIKE IS FOR EXPERIENCED HIKERS ONLY. HEADLAMPS, EXTRA BATTERIES, MAP ARE MANDATORY.
Join me watching the stages of the sun setting and a full moon rising on Mary's Rock a 3,514-foot mountain and the eighth highest peak in Shenandoah National Park. Mary's Rock has its fair share of legends of how the rock was named. One legend claims that Francis Thornton had a daughter named Mary, who climbed up the mountain when she was young and came back with a bear cub under her arm.
We'll summit (see Trail Profile) in time to take lots of pictures, eat a snack, and enjoy the views. Then we'll strap on our headlamps and hike back with a full moon guiding us.
1. HEADLAMP, EXTRA BATTERIES
2. TRAILMAP For your safety each hiker must have this map with while hiking. Click here. Print. Bring.
3. Call if you have not hiked with me b4
TRAIL PROFILE: At 9 miles, 2,600' elevation gain Hiking Upward rates this 4 out or 5 in difficulty. At night it's probably a 5. We will go clockwise (Hiking upward goes counterclockwise).
See those hikers resting going up Buck Ridge. It's so steep that the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club volunteers built steps. They ascend nearly 400 feet in just over two-tenths of a mile. That's the only series of steps I've seen around here.
I will teach you how to follow the arrows on your climb to Mary's Rock. Our return trip will be as a group since last time someone took a wrong turn in the dark.
Wear Layers as it likely will be cold & breezy at the summit.
DRIVING INFORMATION: ARRIVE AT LEAST 15 MINUTES EARLY to form carpools as we leave promptly. If you are willing to drive to the trailhead, please have enough gas.
Plan to give your driver $5 to $8 for gas. If you need or can offer a ride to our carpool location be specific in posts below. use Metro Trip Planner to assure you arrive on time.
RSVP ETIQUETTE: Change your yes or waitlisted RSVP to no before Wednesday if your plans change. It's unfortunate but if you are a No Show or continually change your RSVP after Wednesday before a hike, you may not be welcome on my future hikes. Managing how many hikers show up is a frustrating challenge. I absolutely understand that life sometimes gets in the way but please be respectful of both waitlisted hikers and my time and energy planning your successful adventure.
Please take into account $5 FOR CHARITY when deciding about this hike. Donations are given to the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club www.PATC.net which maintains our hiking trails. PATC is a non-profit, tax exempt public charity as described in section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.
SAFETY When hiking, I carry my phone, driver’s license, medical insurance card, credit card, cash, headlamp & whistle.
YOUR PICTURE Smile, click. I require a picture of each hiker for emergencies so don't be surprised when I take your picture
HIKING SHOES OR BOOTS are important.
HIKING POLES are helpful. My favorite are Black Diamond.
WATER ALWAYS bring more than you think you need.
SNACKS It's important to have healthy snacks to munch as you hike.
CAMERA But of course!!
HUMOR An absolute must.
PETS Not allowed on this hike
Call or email with questions (before 9pm) Jayne [masked] (sign in to see my phone #)