Catoctin Mountain Park Hike

Forests, vistas, rocks, and waterfalls! Join us for a magnificent hike at the beautiful Catoctin Mountain Park, close to Camp David in Thurmont, Maryland. This strenuous 10.8-mile loop, with 2200 feet of elevation gain, includes some great views and attractions, with plenty of rocky hills to develop your hiking legs. Some of the interesting sights we’ll enjoy along the way include Cunningham Falls (highest in Maryland), Hog Rock overlook, Blue Ridge vista, Thurmont vista, the Wolf Rock formation, and Chimney Rock overlook. For those willing to take the challenge, we’ll finish with a steep climb up to Cat Rock. Bring sturdy footwear, water, insect spray, sun screen, and lunch (we will make our usual pit-stop at a Sheetz). Costs will be about $12 for transportation and trip fees. We will meet at the Grovesnor-Strathmore Metro station at 8:30 a.m.; note the early meeting time.  For more information, contact Jeff at 301/[masked] or [masked].

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  • Steven S.

    The Hike was scenic, and just the right length and level of difficulty for the weather.

    1 · June 14, 2013

  • Jeff H.

    This was a hike full of surprises. We dozen Adventurers should have known we were in for something out of the ordinary when a tree came crashing down just after we began. This was followed by a confused Trip Leader getting us temporarily lost and by a languid black snake that made an exit that would have made Tallulah Bankhead proud. In between these episodes, we enjoyed playing on the natural jungle gym known as Wolf Rock and eating lunch while taking in the spectacular views from Chimney Rock. When we arrived at the base of our steepest climb, Cat Rock, half our group decided that they had experienced enough of Nature for one day and made their way back to the cars. The other half began the climb just as the forecast 20% chance of rain suddenly became 100%. We trekked on anyway and when we reached Cat Rock itself, we didn’t let a few very wet boulders stop us from scrambling our way to the summit.

    2 · April 29, 2013

  • Dan

    Looks like the snake we encountered was a Northern Black Racer.

    April 29, 2013

    • Devon Alexander S.

      Damn I missed a big black snake! Ugh!

      1 · April 29, 2013

    • Dan

      He was really cool Devon...I remember how you like snakes when we saw that rattle snake...:)

      April 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    As of today I have to re-do an experiment this weekend (i.e. work) and am no longer able to spend Sunday on this great outing. I will look forward to a hike with you all another day.

    April 26, 2013

    • Jeff H.

      Look forward to seeing you at another hike.

      April 26, 2013

    • M L.

      Sorry about your experiment - hope it all worked out and that we get to see you on another hike. :)

      April 29, 2013

  • Debora

    Thanks Jeff. That was an awesome hike. Quite challenging, great views and great company!

    1 · April 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really enjoyed the hike and meeting everyone. Definatley had some surpises like Roberta said...the tree falling in the beginning of our hike and the snake... Thanks Jeff!

    3 · April 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The hike was great. What a workout !!! Jeff,you did a fantastic job...we even had a few surprises like the snake and the rain which came early.. :)

    3 · April 28, 2013

  • Devon Alexander S.

    Bum Knee and ankle :-(

    April 28, 2013

  • M L.

    Hi Jeff and Devon, I can't remember if I signed up to take people or not. Will my car be needed? If not, I'll just see you at the Visitor's Center.

    April 27, 2013

    • Keith P

      Jeff, I will be driving to the metro and, if needed, will drive to the park

      April 27, 2013

    • Jeff H.

      Thanks Keith and Mary

      April 27, 2013

  • Jeff H.

    (Post #2.) Because we have a large number of Adventurers signed up, we’re going to take two groups: one moving at a moderate pace and the other at a slower pace. I’ll lead the slower group while Devon Alexander Stoney has generously agreed to lead the moderate group (thanks again Devon). Also, in our continuing effort to provide only the best in gourmet cuisine, we’ll have an optional post-hike dinner at the nearby Cozy Restaurant. It’s famous for its all-you-can-eat buffets, which are more than welcome after hiking 10.8 strenuous miles. For those meeting at Grovesnor, we’ll try to divide up riders and cars between those who plan to stay for dinner and those who want to come back immediately after the hike. I look forward to seeing everyone bright and early on Sunday morning!

    1 · April 26, 2013

    • Dan

      Really looking forward to this hike Jeff and Devon!

      April 26, 2013

    • M L.

      I'm really looking forward to the hike, too! But realistically, I'm more of a B-teamer so I'll be going in the slow group. :D

      April 26, 2013

  • Jeff H.

    It’s still a few days away, but it looks like we should have great weather for our hike at Catoctin. The sun will be hiding behind the clouds, but there is no rain in the forecast and the temperatures are expected to be in the high 50’s and low 60’s. I did a “dress rehearsal” on Saturday and you can expect to see some spectacular overlooks. However you will have to work for those views – lots of steep ascents (and descents) and a number of rocky trails. Please wear sturdy hiking shoes and if you have trekking poles, this is a good hike to use them (I’ll be bringing mine). Also, last week, I had the joy of providing lunch (actually the last supper) to my first tick of the season so please bring your favorite fragrance of “O de Deet” if you weren’t planning to do so already.

    2 · April 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm interested in this hike...for those who drive themselves where will you meet them at Catoctin Mountain Park?

    April 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey Jeff, Thanks for your responce. Will that time be 9:00 for meeting at the Visitor Center?

      April 24, 2013

    • Jeff H.

      9:45

      April 24, 2013

  • Bruce P.

    Will be going out of town for a family get together. Have fun.

    April 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Priyanga or Jeff, I see a lot of hikers signed up for this one..I have a friend that would like to join us. Is it still possible to bring a guest ?

    March 31, 2013

    • Jeff H.

      Hi Roberta. Please invite your friend to come along. Just change your RSVP to indicate that you're bringing a guest so we have an accurate count. Look forward to seeing you both there.

      March 31, 2013

  • Tera

    Unfortunately, I will be in San Francisco for work at that time! Looking forward to my first meetup with you all!

    March 23, 2013

  • David Marshall J.

    I will have to forego this trip to CMP. I have an out of town company coming.

    March 19, 2013

  • Keith P

    Sounds exciting, I'm looking forward to all the sights

    1 · March 12, 2013

  • Steve A.

    Drat, I'll be traveling. Sounds like a great hike!

    March 9, 2013

    • Priyanga

      Enjoy your trip, Steve! See you next time.

      March 11, 2013

  • Darnetta D.

    This sounds fun I want to attend but I have never hiked before but want to start would this be to hard for me.

    February 28, 2013

    • Priyanga

      Hi Darnetta, the distance (10+ miles) combined with the elevation change (rolling hills and steep climbs) could make this a challenge for someone new to hiking. Adventuring has a number of other hikes coming up in the next couple months and more posted regularly. Try a few of the moderate ones coming up and that will give you a better idea of what level is comfortable for you. Feel free to message me if you have further questions, I'm here to help!

      1 · February 28, 2013

    • Darnetta D.

      Ok I will do that thank you guys

      1 · February 28, 2013

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