Wolf Rock - Chimney Rock Loop, Catoctin Mountain Park

Thurmont, Maryland 21788

Wolf Rock - Chimney Rock Loop, Catoctin Mountain Park

Wolf Rock - Chimney Rock Loop, Catoctin Mountain Park Professional Review and Guide

"This is a somewhat rugged hike to two outstanding vistas and a fascinating rock formation known as Wolf Rock, traveling through immense stands of hardwoods and abundant mountain laurel. Special considerations: With two outstanding vistas, add plenty of time to your itinerary for enjoying the views."

Wolf Rock - Chimney Rock Loop, Catoctin Mountain Park Reviews

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It was a good, long, all steep incline trail. Get ready and make sure you have a lot of endurance. Only passed by one other hiker who was going to camp.
I can pretty much "ditto" what others have said - but I did see 3 timber rattlers out to sun themselves on the rocks. Watch for snakes. And I lost my footing on a slippery rock - went down kind of hard (ouch!!). Remember to bring enough water...more than you think you'll need. It's beautiful - and worth seeing for sure.
This was a great hike. I hiked on a Friday afternoon and only ran across two other hikers. The description of strenuous is accurate, but thankfully not the entire trail. There are spots on top to stretch your legs out. Wolf Rock was cool to climb up on and scramble over and Chimney was awesome for it's view over the valley and in it's composition. Trails are very well marked and maintained, but very rocky. Wear good boots and watch your step.
We've done this hike a number of times. The last time, we went on a day when there were scattered showers and too early in the spring for trees to have leaves. The hike is not too difficult. There are some steep uphills, but not long ones. Wolf Rock is always fascinating, with its crevices and flat topped outcroppings. Caution: The rocks are very slippery when wet! Even with hiking boots, there was little traction. I recommend this hike for dry days only. We spotted a couple of HUGE birds (maybe Turkey vultures) at the top of Wolf Rock, no other wildlife. There is no significant view from Wolf Rock, but you get a pretty decent view of the valley from Chimney Rock. Trails are generally good, not marked. There are places where storms have knocked over a lot of trees, and one place where the trail was detoured up a very steep (but short) climb to reconnect to the existing trail. We like this one to stay in shape. Takes a few hours to do the loop at a leisurely pace. You can easily extend it with nearby trails. In a word: Good hike. We will undoubtedly do it again, especially after the leaves come back. If you are in the Baltimore area it is definitely worth the drive. If you go on a hot day, there is a lake nearby to go for a swim afterwards.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
500 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
April - November
Catoctin Mountain Park
Local Contacts
USGS Blue Ridge Summit; Cunningham Falls State Park Map
Local Maps

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Jul 2018