April 12, 2024

The Priest/Spy Rock (Day Hike, 10 Miles, Very Strenuous)

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Saturday, 04/14/2018

8:00 am - 8:00 pm

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The Priest Wilderness Area - Tye River Trailhead (Route 56)

Join us for a tough but rewarding hike to The Priest and Spy Rock in George Washington National Forest.  This will be a shuttle hike beginning at the Tye River (A.T. parking lot on Route 56) and ending at the parking lot near the Montebello Fish Hatchery.

From our starting point, we will ascend a steady 3,000 feet over a distance of four miles to The Priest and enjoy its magnificent views of the Tye River Valley.  From there, it’s on to Spy Rock, an incredible rock dome on the east side of Maintop Mountain with 360° views of the Religious Range, Mt. Pleasant, The Priest, Three Ridges and St. Mary’s Wilderness areas, and the eastern foothills.

Please note this is a very strenuous 12 mile hike, with most of the elevation gain in the first four miles.  It is an extension of The Priest hike described on HikingUpward.  This is definitely not a hike for beginners or those not ready for a tough workout!

The return time is approximate.  If you have plans that require you to be back in Richmond at a specific time, please communicate this prior to carpooling with someone, or consider choosing a different hike. 

Optional stop for dinner on the way back if there is interest.

Join us if you’re up for the challenge!

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