Sugarloaf Mountain: Summit Trails! An Easy Side of Strenuous 6 Miles
Sugarloaf Mountain looms above rolling farmlands about 30 crow-miles northwest of Washington. Privately owned, it’s managed as both a nature preserve and public recreation area. Although it attracts many visitors, they’re mostly sightseers and picnickers who prefer the roadside overlooks and the summit. For hikers, the 3,300-acre property offers good trails, a lungs-and-muscles workout, and a beguiling natural setting. At its best, it’s wildflower pretty in spring, green-bower scenic in summer, and turning leaf colorful in autumn. The tough climb up the summit trails are well worth it due to the spectacular views! We will be hiking the red and green summit trails, which are VERY STEEP and adding the blue trail for mileage. Please make sure that you are up to doing a "easy side of strenuous" level hike.
This hike will be led at a moderate pace which is about 2.5 mph and that of an average hiker. There will be two moderate paced groups for this hike. If you are uncomfortable with this pace, please select a different hike as there is NOT a newbie/social pace for this hike as it is an easy side of strenuous hike and for those who are already conditioned.
Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Dickerson
Length: 6 total miles
Duration: About 3 hours but varies according to group pace.
Scenery: Upland woodlands, sweeping vistas
Exposure: Mostly shade but less in winter
Trail Surface: Roughly half hard packed dirt, half rocky and rooty
Elevation Change: 668 ft
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Moderate to Easy side of Strenuous. Pace will be 2.0 to 2.5 mph. This is a moderate pace according to most hiking books.
Local Contacts: Stronghold, Inc
Guide Book for Leaders: This hike was created from a pre-hike of the summit trails. We will be hiking the green and red summit trails (total 3/4 very steep miles) and adding the blue trail to get the mileage.
Facilities: Water at trailhead, with toilet nearby; toilet at East View parking lot; summer snack bar near West View lot (weekends, holidays)
Special Winter Gear Note: (If Weather Dictates)
We WILL work with you to help ensure that if you want to hike with us in the snow and ice, or snow shoe, you can, and do so safely! Traction gear is a must in order to hike in the winter with our group for safety and so we can hike all four seasons! The most dependable/reliable gear in our opinion is either Kahtoola Microspikes or STABILicers Originals (Stabilicer "Originals" and not the "lites" as too many "lites" have snapped while out on the trail) and YakTrax are highly discouraged. Traction gear/ice cleats come in handy for getting the mail or walking the dog, in addition to any other outdoor activity where there is ice involved! You can run on the ice with them on and many runners do just that!
We hike rain, snow, or shine! Click here for up to the minute weather information for the trailhead. Icy roads will cancel.
Savage Station Carpool
Click here for directionsto Savage Station which is a Baltimore/Laurel area carpool.
If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location in the comment section below. Click here for suggested carpool locations complete with directions. 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
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Carpool Time from Savage is 8:30 a.m.
Hike Time is 10:00 a.m.
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Please remember we are a social hiking group that values fellowship and camaraderie and practice good hike etiquette. We take breaks as necessary and have at least one guide in the front in addition to a "sweeper" in the back which means that no hiker is left behind. If you get upset because someone has to rest at the top of a hill etc. then please find another group! We are very supportive, encouraging, and focus on safety while getting or staying fit on the trail and practicing Leave No Trace outdoor ethics.
Fido is welcome on This Hike!
Let's have good times and see you on the trail!