New Meetup: Catoctin Mountain / Cunningham Falls State Park ! 18.5 Mi

From: TaniaP
Sent on: Sunday, September 12, 2010 3:37 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for DC Mountain Madness!

What: Catoctin Mountain / Cunningham Falls State Park ! 18.5 Mi

When: Saturday, October 16,[masked]:00 AM

Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)

Catoctin Mountain / Cunningham Falls State Park ! 18.5 Mi

Sat 7:00 am Oct 16
Location Thurmont , MD
Nearby city: Fredrick , Md
Elevation Gain : 4350ft
Trail Type : Lollypop shape loop hike
Skill ; Moderate / Strenuous
Season ; Year-round

Hike hosted by Dennis, although I'll be there for a few miles (knee PT depending...)

This hike traverses federal , state , and municipal woodlands along the northern half of Catoctin Mountain in Fredrick County in central Maryland, USA . The hilly terrain is typical of western Maryland with large sections canopied under dense forest cover.

Catoctin Mountain is best known as the site of Camp David , a mountain retreat for Presidents of the United States .

This hike has multiple overlooks , includes ,Bobs hill , Cat Rocks , Chimney Rocks , Wolf Rocks, Thrumont Visita , Blue ridge Summit , Hog Rocks , and the 78 ft. famous Cunningham Falls .

This hike is described as moderate/strenuous only due to distance and elevation gain . Please bring enough water and snacks to substain this hike. We will hike this rain or shine ( no downpours ). There are multiple bailouts during this hike.

This hike starts out at the Manor Area in Cunningham Falls State Park . There is a post with bob's hill trail on it about mid-parking lot , This is where we will meet . I will have maps with me and we will go over the route before we start the hike.

Whom ever signs up for this hike , post where you are coming from so others may see if there's a carpool option .


Directions to Cunningham Falls Manor Area:

* From the Baltimore area: Follow I-70 west to Frederick, and then take U.S. Route 15 north towards Thurmont. After Angleberger Road, which is approximately 10 miles down Rt. 15 north, begin to look for brown signs for Cunningham Falls State Park/ Manor Area. Take a left hand turn across Rt. 15 south into the Manor Area. If you come to an exit for Thurmont you have gone past the Manor area. Proceed through the contact station and veer left past the tire playground into the Visitors Center and Aviary parking lot.
* From the Washington DC area: Follow I-270 north to Frederick, then U.S. 15 north to Thurmont. The follow the same directions as described above.
* From the Gettysburg area: Follow U.S. 15 south to Thurmont. The Manor Area is three miles south of Thurmont. After passing Pryor Road, take the next right into the Manor Area. Proceed through the contact station and veer left past the tire playground into the Visitors Center and Aviary parking.

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