Appalachian Trail Hike!
Washington Monument to Annapolis Rock!
An Easy Side of Strenuous 11 Miles
Pack Lunch To Enjoy While Taking In Fantastic Views From Annapolis Rocks!
This out-and-back hike in Frederick County on the Appalachian Trail covers 11 miles, includes numerous rocky sections, has a couple of interesting overlooks, and has a total ascent of 1700+ feet, including a climb of 500 feet over.8 mile. Located atop South Mountain, Washington Monument State Park is named for the first completed monument dedicated to the memory of George Washington. The Washington Monument is a rugged stone tower that was initially erected by the citizens of Boonsboro in 1827.
Annapolis Rock is a rock cliff that rises above Cumberland Valley to the west, offering a fine view of the valley and of Greenbrier Lake. The rocks attract day hikers, rock climbers, photographers, picnickers, bird watchers and seekers of solitude, as well as overnight campers.
Highlights: Annapolis Rock offers a fine view of Greenbrier Lake and Cumberland Valley to the west.
This is an awesome transition hike for those interested in moving from moderate to strenuous hiking without having to drive hours to see if your are ready for it! It is not too long but has just the right combination of hills and length to help develop your hiking legs. Also, the meal from atop Annapolis Rocks will allow a bit of a reward near to the halfway point.
This pace for this hike will be a moderate pace of about 2.5mph and the average hiking pace used as a baseline in most hiking books. (most common pace).
Nearby City: Middletown MD
Length: 11 miles
Total Ascent: 1700+ feet
Trail Type: Appalachian Trail Section Hike
Skill Level: Easy Side of Strenuous
Local Contacts: Washington Monument State Park
Trail Notes for Leaders
Weather Information We will hike rain, snow, or shine.
There are 3 carpools for this hike!
Baltimore Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore area, meetup at the Savage Station. Click here for directions to Savage Station.
DC Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the metro DC area, meetup at the Centerville Park and Ride. Click here for informationand directions to the Centerville location.
32 Park and Ride
There is an additional carpool location for this hike. Click here for directions to the 32 park and ride location.
If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations such as the DC area, please post your location in the comment section below. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment - by just offering a ride!
Directions to the Trailhead
Click here for directions to this hike!
Hike is at 10:00 a.m.
Carpool time from Savage Station is 8:30 a.m.
Carpool meetup time from Centerville Park and Ride is 8:30 a.m.
Carpool meetup time from 32 Park and Ride is 9:00 a.m.
Fido is Welcome on this Hike Only with Hike Leader Approval!
Please take the hike leader(s) number with you just in case!
Please note that our holiday and holiday weekend hikes are not refundable due to too many people backing out of the at the last minute before the refund cut-off. Sorry, but this is the only way to help make sure that there is a good turnout and our leaders not offer to lead a hike on their holiday in vein...or they will be burned enough that they will no longer offer. Since we have made holiday hikes non-refundable it has boosted attendance rate significantly and often have perfect attendance, yay! Thanks so much for your understanding.