HIKING MARY’S ROCK SUMMIT TRAIL Shenandoah National Park Luray, Virginia

Hiking Team: Dave Miller, Rosie Miller

Date: September 16, 2021

A foggy morning at the KOA campsite but a beautiful spiderweb masterpiece of art adorned our travel trailer. A large farm was beside the KOA so cows greeted us every day. We traveled through a park tunnel on the way to the trailhead. Marty’s Rock Summit was another tough trail as we first ascended 1,210 feet up this tree covered but very rocky and steep trail which was part of the famous Appalachian Trail. We hiked a total of 4.6 miles on this out and back trail.  The rock ledge summit which normally would have given us a panoramic view looking west. Sadly, low cloud obscured this morning view. Rosie said this was the most challenging rocky terrain she has ever hiked. We saw countless millipedes and a rare walking stick. Rosie met several Appalachian Trail through hikers with nicknames Sky Goddess, Duck and No Box.

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