Sugarloaf in Springtime Hike

Officially, spring has S-P-R-U-N-G!  We’re taking a trip to Sugarloaf Mountain, located in Frederick County, Maryland to frolic among the many species of plants and wildflowers as they don their spring colors.  You may remember many cold winter hikes on Sugarloaf, as it’s the site of Adventuring’s annual winter solstice/poetry hike.   On this hike, we’ll visit at a different time of year to explore the many microhabitats this popular mountain offers.  Our moderate 8-mile circuit hike will loop us around the mountain with about 1700 feet of elevation gain. Those feeling extra energetic can make the short, steep climb up to Sugarloaf’s summit.   We’ll meet at the station manager’s kiosk at the Shady Grove Metro station at 8:30 am to get an early start on the crowds.  Bring comfortable/sturdy footwear, water, sunscreen, bug spray, $5 for trip/transportation fees, and a lunch--we won’t be making the customary pitstop along the way. Those wishing to drive directly to Sugarloaf should contact our trip leader David for directions and a rendezvous time. 

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  • Jeff H.

    You couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day to hike. Thanks Dave - can't wait to see what you come up with next.

    May 5, 2013

  • Brett F.

    My calves are in pain, but I can't blame that on David ... I chose to do the optional "Stairway To Leg Pain!"

    1 · May 5, 2013

  • John C.

    David did a great job as always. The trail was exactly as described, and there was an optional bonus spur at the end. Thanks for a great day!

    1 · May 4, 2013

  • Teresa


    May 4, 2013

  • David Marshall J.

    One more item of addenda item. Metro is promising slow rides this weekend and closed stations. Check your route before you head out. Trains will be running every 26 minutes on the blue/orange lines. Red line stations on the eastern side of the 'U' will be closed. Safe Travels!

    May 3, 2013

  • David Marshall J.

    I forgot to mention in my message yesterday that there are portable toilets in the parking areas and as you enter the park. Just an FYI if you have not been to Sugarloaf before.

    May 3, 2013

  • Marc F.

    Sorry to back out again. Another urgent meeting has come up. Will miss you.

    May 3, 2013

  • Kibby

    Bummed I cannot make it now.

    May 2, 2013

  • Sam B

    I also need directions to the trailhead and the time to be there.
    Also, any idea when will be back at metro station?

    May 1, 2013

    • David Marshall J.

      Sam, I hope my post answered your questions.. let me know if you need more info.

      May 2, 2013

  • David Marshall J.

    Good afternoon Awesome Adventurers! It looks like this weekend's weather will be an amazing 70F/21C and sunny. For those meeting at the Shady Grove Metro; we'll see you at 8:30 at the station attendant's kiosk. For those meeting us at the park, we should arrive to the West View around 9am. We'll be meeting at the old snack shack at the entrance to the ~WEST~ view parking lot. It is a large parking lot, but I anticipate it will fill quickly, so arrive early. The address you can use for GPS is 7901 Comus Road Dickerson, MD. Just take the road up the mountain and follow the signs for West View parking. As a very rough estimate, we should be back to our cars about 3pm. Don't forget--no pit stop this trip so make sure you bring something to eat if you wish. See you Saturday!

    1 · May 2, 2013

  • Amanda C.

    I will need a ride from the metro. Also, will there be breaks along the trail as I havent hiked in awhile and dont want to embarass myself. :)

    April 20, 2013

    • Amanda C.

      I like it! Can I get a ride from the metro? :)

      April 23, 2013

    • David Marshall J.

      Great! It will be a challenge, but a good challenge :) I'll put you down as a passenger. Adventuring coordinates carpool details for the participants. See ya soon!

      April 23, 2013

  • Kibby

    Thinking about making this one. I live near Frederick, so I would like to meet there.

    April 23, 2013

    • David Marshall J.

      Sure! I will send you the details as we get closer to the hike.

      April 23, 2013

  • Leah (.

    Sorry I can't make this one! Sounds lovely.

    April 23, 2013

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