Good day hike for views in Shenandoah
Great climb, not too difficult!
Beautiful fall views. Lots of ladybugs at the top. It's worth the extra time to explore and scramble up all of the boulders to the south.
Pretty good view of the gap below.
One of my favorite days in the park. I started out in foggy, drizzly weather at the parking lot. Along the way, the sun gradually came out. All of the spring wildflowers were in full bloom, and the views from Mary's Rock were spectacular.
Another tiny bump along the boring Shenadoah AT.
Some parts of the snowy Meadow Springs trail were sunlit and warm, but exposure to a fierce wind on the west side of the ridge was nasty. I almost was blown over when I stood on the summit.
Nice short hike, with a decent view from the top.
Twice so far - July 2012 and November 2017. I like to stand on the true summit. Fun boulders, nice views.
Hiked from the base off RT 211 to the top, nice hike with steep sections and saw 2 black bear along the trail which made the climb from the bottom well worth it.
Great views until the weather moved in!
Climbed with some friends via the AT from the Panorama Restaurant. Great view from the top!
Second time I have climbed Mary's Rock as part of an AT section hike. This time, day 2 of a trip from Bearfence Hut to Thornton Gap.
A good day out in the SNP with Dave and Danny. Burgers and beer at the Thorton River Grill afterwards.
Parked at the Mary's Rock tunnel overlook and bushwacked up and over the tunnel to the intersection with the AT where the bushwacking got too overgrown. Summit was empty, cold, and windy. The fall colors were mostly gone but there were still some making for a beautiful day.
Rocky summit is cool but the real less visited gem (or at least when I visited with Panorama closed) is the AT north of Mary's Rock coming down to Thornton Gap, wow!
This was back before I knew about crampons. They sure would have been helpful. Mary's maintains a commanding view of the area and is a great conditioning hike.
I've walked to this rock several times. The views are nice. I can't pinpoint an exact date, but I know I did it one time the same week as Earth Day in 2000 (Earth day is always April 22).
My mom and I hiked up the Meadow Springs Trail to Mary's Rock. A light rain was falling and the forest was shrouded in mist. It made the hike a different experience from the clear days that I was used to.
Hiked from Rockfish Gap as part of a 5 day hike on the AT through SNP.