Echols Dorm: Brick Wall By Side Door
This is a strenuous circuit hike that follows along the Appalachian Trail and then returns via the Mah- Har Trail. We’ll cover 13-14 miles for this hike.
Three Ridges is a beautiful mountain that towers three thousand feet above the Tye River and surrounding apple orchards. Both the A.T. and the Mah-Har trails are very steep! And we will endure more than 4,500 feet of total elevation gain for this trip (which is a lot for a day hike!).
For the Appalachian trail portion of the hike- we will ascend the high ridge line to 4,000′- which offers splendid views of the valley below- as well as Three Ridges’ sister mountain ‘The Priest’. The Mah-Har trail follows along a narrow stream (the Mah-Har stream) that becomes wider as more and more streams flow into it. It is quite beautiful- with many intersecting waterfalls and gorges. As I already mentioned, this hike is not a scramble- but it is steep. It is considered one of the hardest hikes in the state. But, because we will merely have day-packs on- it shouldn’t be too difficult.
You need to bring:
-*lots* of water
-rain gear just in case
-hiking boots/very rugged shoes
-warm clothes (fleece jacket, etc.)
-headlamp, if you have one