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DIFFICULT Sunset & Full Moon Hike

  • May 5, 2012 · 3:30 PM
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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.



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 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 #)

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Weather was great for this hike. I really enjoyed it.

    May 6, 2012

  • Peter H.

    Hey everyone! I enjoyed the hike yesterday; thank you all! I looked up the snake we saw and I believe it was a Northern Copperhead; so its good we stayed away :0) Here is a great link for IDing snakes and this direct link brings you to the Copeprhead overview. If you want to use the website to ID another snake, simply click on the "Quick ID" link to the left.

    May 6, 2012

  • Peter H.

    This was my first Meetup event; I loved it!; The event was planned expertly by Janyne!; The other hikers were very nice, friendly, and fun to hike with. The hike itself was lots of fun!

    May 6, 2012

  • Jayne Hiking A.

    How lucky was I to have 6 great guys hiking up to Mary's Rock with me. Clearly I haven't done it in a while as it was a tough climb. Might not have seen the sun set with all the clouds but got some great pics none the less. And I'm thankful the rains held off till Buck Hollow. Many thanks for your $35 donation to (order #856) for trail maintenance.

    May 6, 2012

  • Jayne Hiking A.

    Sat 2pm: Sperryvillle forecast is is now 35-70% thunderstorms 4pm-7pm). It's getting iffy. I'm not interested in being on Mary's Rock in a thunderstorm BUT I sure wanna go if it's not raining. I will be at Centreville as scheuled. If you're no longer interested please change your RSVP.

    May 5, 2012

  • Jayne Hiking A. Currently only a 30% chance of thunderstorms until 6pm. I'll post an update tomorrow morning

    May 4, 2012

  • Jayne Hiking A. Yes, use this site to find the trailhead. Park close together so there is room for all. Bring extra layers as it's usually colder (especially at night) on top of Mary's Rock. Don't forget your cameras!!!!

    May 4, 2012

  • Peter H.

    Not sure if everyone knew this (but have an idea Jayne planned this hike knowing this) Saturday Night's Moon is called a "Super Moon"; here is a site with more details:

    May 4, 2012

  • Jayne Hiking A.

    Great group jelling for our Sunset hike!! Remember you MUST have a working headlamp, extra batteries and trail map. I’m taking precautions as we lost a hiker on a sunset hike last year. Check this site before leaving home. It’s always hard to guess the weather but I’m not so interested in thunderstorm night hiking. Plan to be at Centreville 15 minutes early to form carpools as we will leave promptly at 3:30. Call or email with questions. See you in 2 days

    May 3, 2012

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