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Catoctin Mountain Park: Cunningham Falls, Hog Rock Vista, Blue Ridge Summits!

  • Jul 13, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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Join Us For an Incredible Trek in Catoctin Mountain and Cunningham Falls Parks!

A Moderate 5 Miles Including Cunningham Falls, Hog Rock Vista, and The Blue Ridge Summits with An Optional Post Hike Meal!

This hike is described as moderate only because most of the climbing is done in two short stretches: the first 0.25 mile and the 0.3 mile approaching Blue Ridge Summit Overlook. From past hikes, most people say that other than the first hill, this is a pretty easy hike and perfect for this time of year offering crisp and clear views!

Click Here to see pictures of a past trip on this trail!

"A hike through hardwood forests and over ridges of Catoctin Mountain, with views of the Blue Ridge and the Monocacy Valley. In spring, dogwoods and other flowering trees are abundant. In about 2.5-3 hours, you can visit a splendid waterfall, enjoy a spectacular view of the Monocacy watershed, and find an intimate cross ridge at Catoctin's summit and South Mountain, all while wandering through a second-growth, almost-old- growth-again, hardwood forest." From the book Hiking Maryland and Delaware

This loop is rated as moderate only because of the uphill and downhill sections of the trail that include moderate to steep inclines which pushes it our of the easy category and just on the cusp of our easy side of moderate category. The trail we are taking creates the longest loop (without making any variations) and features Maryland’s largest cascading waterfall at 78 feet and two stunning vistas. The Hog Rock Vista is the highest elevation overlook on any of the trails/loops reaching 1610 ft. Although Blue Ridge Summit does not reach this elevation it is the second highest overlook reaching a maximum elevation of 1520 ft. These magnificent scenes make memories that will last a lifetime.

Hike Pace

The hike pace will be that of an average hiker so about 2.5+3.0 mph. If we get a additional leaders from our leadership team we can offer additional pace options.

Trail Information

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Thurmont
Elev. Gain: 700 feet
Length: 5.1 Total miles
Trail Type: Loop
Hike Time: About 3 hours
Skill Level: There is a steep hill in the very beginning but other than that it is considered an easy side of moderate hike.
Local Contacts: Catoctin Mountain Park

Weather Information
We hike rain or shine. Click here to see an up to the minute forecast for where we will be hiking.

Carpool Information

To carpool from the Baltimore area, meet at Savage Station. Click here for directions to Savage Station.

If you can drive or want to carpool from an additional location, 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 Where We Meetup for This Hike.

Hike Meetup Time is at 9:00 a.m.

Carpool from Savage Time is 7:30 a.m.

Optional Post Hike Lunch Information and Menu

We will have an optional hike lunch at Cozy Restaurant as they welcome hikers and have a fabulous buffet for a great price. I will ask for a show of hands of who wants to join us there for a bite mid-way through the hike and contact them with how many will be attending the lunch so you can decide on the trail.

Gear Information

Click here for suggestions for what to wear and what not to wear for our hikes.

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! 


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  • KathleenW

    It was a real nice hike thru the misty mountain! There were some nice uphills and quite a view looking down on the town of Thurmont from Hog Rock. Thx Devon

    July 14, 2013

  • Barbara

    What a nice hike today. Cooler than usual temperatures, a bit foggy in spots, but still a nice day for a hike in the park! Thanks Devon for leading the hike -- it was great talking with you and everyone else.

    1 · July 13, 2013

  • marisa

    Two thumbs up, Devon!

    1 · July 13, 2013

  • Steve

    Nice hike, thanks Devon.

    1 · July 13, 2013

  • Kellie C.

    Thank you Devon for volunteering to lead this hike for MAHG!

    July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I can´t go

    July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Going to have to cancel. Lower back spasms. :( Have a great day.

    July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there anyone driving from DC area and would be willing to carpool? I will pitch in for gas and tolls if any. Thanks!

    June 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Dave!! I will be there.

      July 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Dave, I will not be able to attend the hike tomorrow. Thank you for offering a ride.

      July 12, 2013

  • marisa

    Will anyone be coming from Rockville who I could catch a ride with?

    July 11, 2013

    • Laura

      Marisa I will be driving from DC through Rockville if you'd like a ride

      July 11, 2013

  • Sara

    i also have kayaking the next day, and i think it's too much to do both. :(

    July 11, 2013

  • Ali

    Ugh, have to bail on this one. Sorry! :( Busted up my ankle and don't think it's gonna be ready to get back on the trails by Saturday. Y'all have fun without me. :(

    July 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be driving from Ashburn up Rt15 (via Leesburg) if anyone is interested in carpooling.

    July 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I live in Silver Spring and am looking to join a carpool to get to the site. Any one have room?

    July 7, 2013

    • Shmuel

      Leaving from Rockville empty car-ed (so far).

      July 7, 2013

  • Kelli C.

    excited! Anyone carpooling from Savage?

    July 6, 2013

  • Rob

    Unfortunately have to work; will take a rain check for next time.

    July 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will be out of town then. sorry..

    June 20, 2013

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