Mary's Rock Summit Trail, Shenandoah National Park

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  • This is a nice class 1 trail (easy). Ample parking at trailhead and a fairly busy route. No water available at any point except trailhead. This route is an out and back that can be extended easily by ...  more »
  • Okay, this trail isn’t for just anyone. It’s a steep hike up that gives you no break. We would ask hikers coming down, “how much further?”. No matter where in the hike we were we kept hearing “about a...  more »
  • We wanted to make a day of it and weren’t sure of our capabilities. Instead of the most direct route to Mary’s trail, we parked near jewel where there was an actual parking lot. Made our way about 50 ...  more »
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  • I've done this hike several times, and it's always a great view! There are at least a couple ways to get to the peak. I've done the ~4 mile round trip hike from the panorama parking lot the most often. However, if you're feeling up to it, there is a more scenic hike from the pinnacles picnic area that's about 7 miles or so round trip. Either way, it can be a tough climb, but the views are definitely worth it! This hike from the panorama parking lot is also good in the winter. If skyline drive is snowy/icy, and you don't want to or are unable to go further into the park, this hike is still worth the drive out here! I'd recommend trekking poles if the trail is icy, however, since there are a couple spots where slick ice can lead you tumbling down a steep incline if you aren't very careful.
  • Hiked to Mary's rock on Summer and Winter time. Defiantly recommend to hike there in Summer time. Views are just amazing and breath taking. It's not very hard to get. Total about one hour one way. Do not forget to take some water with you and some snacks. Have fun and enjoy.
  • This trail is moderate to strenous and straight up.  The trail itself is very nice and shaded.  There are some nice views along the way and the summit is cool look out. It is a rocky trail so your feet might hurt some.
  • Summiting Mary's Rock from the parking lot area will take 90-120 minutes for the average hiker. This includes water breaks (yes, bring some), and navigating traffic on the trail. Coming back down will take much less--45 to 60 minutes. We started our hike in the morning and enjoyed a quick snack on the blustery rock face overlooking the Thurmont Gap Entrance Station. This trail is well maintained, the parking lot is plentiful in the morning, and the restrooms are conveniently located at the trailhead. Definitely recommend checking out this view!
  • Easy short hike . Overlooks the skyline drive from top
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