Sugarloaf Mountain

Dickerson, Maryland

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Washington’s nearest mountain is vista-rich Sugarloaf Mountain, located in southern Frederick County. You can hike up, around, and down it in half a day. You can also use the map to devise shorter or longer options. This woodland hike is a clockwise loop featuring 814 feet of elevation change. The Mountain Loop Trail, designated with white blazes, starts from West View, the highest parking lot and picnic area. The trail remains level for a while as it traverses the backcountry, remaining predominantly in thick woods with rocky outcrops. The second half of the hike descends to the main entrance and then proceeds back up to the West View parking lot. The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club maintains these trails; most are blazed, color coded, and signposted but can still be confusing.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC

by Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper (Menasha Ridge Press)

Washington’s nearest mountain is vista-rich Sugarloaf Mountain, located in southern Frederick County. You can hike up, around, and down it in half a day. You can also use the map to devise shorter or longer options. This woodland hike is a clockwise loop featuring 814 feet of elevation change. The Mountain Loop Trail, designated with white blazes, starts from West View, the highest parking lot and picnic area. The trail remains level for a while as it traverses the backcountry, remaining predominantly in thick woods with rocky outcrops.

The second half of the hike descends to the main entrance and then proceeds back up to the West View parking lot. The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club maintains these trails; most are blazed, color coded, and signposted but can still be confusing.

© 2017 Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper /Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Dickerson
Distance: 3.8 miles
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Stronghold Incorporated, 301-869-7846, sugarloafmd.com
Local Maps: Stronghold Incorporated, tinyurl.com/sugarloafmtnmap
Driving Directions: Directions to Sugarloaf Mountain

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