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SNP: Mary’s Rock, AT Pinnacle, Thornton & Buckhollow,! A Very Strenuous 13 Mi

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  • Shenandoah National Park: Featuring - Mary’s Rock, the AT Pinnacle, and Buck Hollow! A Very Strenuous 13 Mile Hike with Optional Post Hike Meal

    The hike over the Pinnacle to Mary's Rock traverses the most spectacular section of the Appalachian Trail through Shenandoah National Park. The views are expansive and frequent. And hiking to a view is always more rewarding than driving to a view. Views open up shortly after you leave Jewell Hollow Overlook. The Pinnacle is outstanding, and many Shenandoah hikers feel Mary’s Rock is the best vista in the entire park.

    Join Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group on this hike and find out for yourself. The view from the massive outcrop is panoramic. While the best views are during winter when leaves are off of the trees providing a crisp and clear view, in all seasons the view is most impressive. Choose your viewing spot  to the North, there is an easy view of many Blue Ridge peaks. The town of Luray and the Shenandoah Valley are visible to the West. Skilled climbers can walk to the highest rock and see in every direction. Decide for yourself if Mary’s Rock has the best view in the park, but just be careful doing it!

    Pre-Approval Required for this Very Strenuous Hike

    (Requirement Waived for Members Who Have Earned Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s “Pre-Approved for Very Strenuous” Hikes Badge and Have Hiked a Strenuous or Very Strenuous Hike with MAHG Within the Past 60 Days) You must contact the hike leader BEFORE signing up for this VERY Strenuous hike. The reason for this requirement is so that you and the hike leader can make an informed decision together as to whether this is a hike for you at this particular time. Hiking beyond your current physical limitations is dangerous and puts everyone, including yourself, at risk. At 48 hours before the hike, if anyone is signed up for this hike without first contacting the hike leader and gaining approval to attend will have their RSVP updated to “not attending” and no refund issued. (this is to encourage people not to fill up the hike without first getting approved). We appreciate your understanding and let's all have a great adventure!

    Special Winter Gear Requirement for this Hike — Traction Gear

    Traction gear allows you to hike easily on ice. As a safety precaution, Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group requires traction gear for certain hikes during the winter season. This requirement also helps us to enjoy hiking all four seasons! The most dependable/reliable traction gear, in our opinion, is either Kahtoola Microspikes (these are available at a great price directly through MAHG) or STABILicers Hike XP. Brands that use springs are highly discouraged due to accidents we have had with springs breaking and "clogging" with ice/snow. Traction gear also comes in handy for getting the mail or walking the dog, in addition to any other outdoor activity where there is ice involved. You can even run on the ice with them on! 

    Microspikes (ALL Kahtoola Gear) Now Available through MAHG! 

    ATTENTION!! In the market for traction gear? Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group proudly offers our members exceptional discounts for Kahtoola products, including Kahtoola MicroSpikes, purchased through MAHG! To purchase your pair, please contact me, Kellie ([masked] or call MAHGs main number at[masked]). Not only will you receive the best price you are likely to find anywhere, but ALL proceeds go directly to support Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group and our mission. *Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization - Tax ID 47-5141831.

    Kahtoola, the manufacturer of Microspikes, recognizes and supports MAHG's mission and our valuable contributions to the community. For over nine years and counting and over 21K members strong, MAHG serves the community with over 5000 events, thousands of hours of stewardship service, and many educational opportunities. 

    Trail Information

    Activity Type: Hiking
    Nearby City: Luray
    Length: 13 total miles
    Elevation Gain: 3,800 ft
    Trail Type: Modified Loop
    Skill Level: Very Strenuous
    Season: Year-round
    Trailhead Elevation: 700 feet
    Top Elevation: 3,730 feet
    Local Contacts: Shenandoah National Park
    Topo Map: Mary’s Rock Topographic Map

    Park Fee (SNP)
    Entry Fee: $20.00 - Per vehicle, valid for unlimited entry from date of purchase and the following 6 consecutive days. Many of our members have annual park passes, so please coordinate together to share passes!  Passes, which are valid for unlimited entries within a seven-day period, are issued. Payment may be made with cash, credit, or debit cards. If you plan on visiting more than once, it is well worth it to purchase a pass! If an annual pass holder uses their pass to gain you entry to the park, please remember to show your appreciation and gratitude. 

    Gear Suggestions
    Click Here
     for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails.

    Weather Information
    We hike rain, snow, or shine. Click Here to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking.

    Hike Pace
    The goal for this hike is to maintain an average moving pace of ~ 2.5 mph. This speed is frequently used in popular hiking publications to represent the pace of an average hiker. We welcome you to please sign up for another hike if you know that this is not a comfortable pace for you. We strive to offer a variety of hikes and pace options so we can always have something for everyone no matter their interest and ability.

    Our RSVP and Group Etiquette
    Click Here 
    to review our RSVP policies and group etiquette.

    Carpool Suggestions and Information

    Note that you are responsible for knowing how to get from carpool locations to the venue. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is not responsible for transportation to and from events or carpools. Suggested carpool times and places are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or unfamiliar with a particular hike or venues location. Please use the 'Comments' section below, or reach out via e-mail to make arrangements for carpooling needs and offerings.

    Baltimore Area Carpool Suggestion - Savage Station
    To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore area, people can arrange to meet at Savage Station. Click Here for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Savage Station location.

    DC Area Carpool Suggestion - Centreville
    To carpool or caravan from the metro DC area, people can arrange to meet at the Centreville Park and Ride. Click Here for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Centreville Park and Ride location.

    If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location and needs in the comment section below. Click Here for a list of suggested carpool locations complete with directions and other details including other carpool information. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment — by just offering a ride!

    Optional Post Hike Meal and/or Libations
    We will have an optional post hike meal to be decided by group consensus, preferably settled before the hike so we can head straight there instead of spending time trying to decide when we are all tired and hungry.

    Directions to the Trailhead
    Click Here for Directions to Where We Meet for this Hike

    Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 8:45-8:55 a.m.

    The Hike is at 9:00 a.m.

    Carpool Time from Savage Station — 6:30 a.m.

    Carpool Time from Centreville Park and Ride — 7:15 a.m.

    Please remember we are a volunteer supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette and Leave No Trace principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer as leaders for Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups volunteer leadership team. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper” to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. MAHG volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, with a focus on safety while enjoying the excellent camaraderie and benefiting from the many health benefits of hiking and unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of MAHGs core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, and donations ARE tax deductible. Tax ID: [masked].

    Fido Must be Pre-Approved BEFORE Attending This Hike. Our Hikes Route is much Tougher on Paws than Most trails. Contact the leader to discuss the route and your dog's experience to determine if this is a good hike for your dog at this time.

    Let’s have good times out on the trails and see you there!


    • Click Here to Chip In Now and Help Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group in Serving our Mission.

    • Donations to Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group are Tax Deductible: Tax ID[masked]. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization. 

    • Click Here to Learn more about Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission. 

    • 100% of Every Dollar Goes Directly to the Expenses of Serving our Mission.

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RSVPs close: Dec 17 at 7:00 PM

  • Edward
    Hike Leader, Certified in Wilderness First Aid,
    Event Host

    I am an avid hiker, with a preference for longer, scenic, and challenging hikes.

  • David Kondner, S.
    Pre-Approved for Very Strenuous Hikes

    I love getting out on a good hike with pleasant company.

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  • Michael H.
    Certified Hike Leader and Wilderness Medical First Responder, Co-Organizer

    I am a proud member of the Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group leadership team.

  • Penny L.
    Certified Hike Leader

    Movement + the good outdoors + friends old & new... PRICELESS!

Your organizer's refund policy for SNP: Mary’s Rock, AT Pinnacle, Thornton & Buckhollow,! A Very Strenuous 13 Mi

Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled
  • the Meetup is rescheduled
  • you can cancel at least 2 day(s) before the Meetup

Additional notes: Refund if you update your RSVP BEFORE 48 hours of this event. Visit for MAHG mission or click 'Pages' tab above. MAHG is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization & donations (not fees) ARE Tax Deductible-Tax ID: 47-5141831

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