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Hike Mary’s Rock and Pinnacles in Shenandoah NP

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Date(s) - August 21, 2021
9:30 am - 2:30 pm

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SUMMARY: This is a moderate point-to-point AT hike of 5.35 miles with 1800’ elevation gain and 700’ loss. There will be a car shuttle. In the description below, MP mean Skyline Drive Mile Post.

By RSVP’ing to attend this event, you agree to release Imagine Well Being and Let’s Take a Hike from Suburbia from any liability. Please review the Liability Release Agreement below.

HIKE DETAILS: We will meet at the Pinnacles Picnic Ground parking area (see “Meeting Place and Car Shuttle” below) and shuttle to the Panorama parking area. Do NOT park at the Panorama parking area!
From the parking area the trail rises steadily with interesting rock formations and rewarding views to the east. Most of the gain, 1200’, is in this initial 1.8 mile climb to Mary’s Rock. We will hike slowly and enjoy the views up to and from Mary’s Rock. After Mary’s Rock this is mostly an easy, undulating ridgetop hike with frequent views to the west and more inviting rock formations. We’ll pass by Byrds Nest Shelter #3 (composting toilet – BYO TP). There is one more climb of 500’ to the Pinnacles viewpoint, a descent through a green tunnel of mountain laurel, and a final short section hugging the west side of the mountain with big views before we arrive at hike’s end, the Pinnacles Picnic Grounds.

MEETING PLACE AND CAR SHUTTLE: We’ll meet at MP 36.7, the Pinnacles Picnic Ground, 38.623614,+-78.343527, about 5 miles south of Rt. 211/Thornton Gap Entrance Station on Skyline Drive. The entrance to the picnic grounds is on the west side of Skyline Drive. After turning in, drive up and over a small rise to reach the main picnic area where you’ll see restrooms, picnic shelters, and tables.

We’ll leave as many cars as possible at Pinnacles and drive back north to Panorama, MP 31.6, the starting point for our hike. The entrance to Panorama is also on the west side of Skyline Drive, and this parking area has restrooms as well.

COST: Shenandoah NP entrance fee is now $30/vehicle. Cash is best. You may be able to carpool with a pass holder. Please check online for annual and lifetime pass costs.

WHAT TO BRING: Wear sturdy trail shoes. Bring plenty of water – much more than you think you will need – The rule of thumb is 1 litter for every 2 hours. Bring something for lunch, and snacks. Dress for the weather – it will be cooler in the park than at home. The hike begins at 2200’ and ends at 3400.’ Assume 3 degrees colder for every 1000’ of elevation. You may wish to bring hiking poles.


PATC Map 10, Shenandoah National Park, Central District


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I understand and agree that all classes, gatherings and workshops are undertaken at my sole risk and that Imagine Well Being and Let’s Take a Hike from Suburbia guides and instructors shall not be liable for injuries or damages to my person or property arising out of or connected to any of these activities.

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