Catoctin Mountain Plus Cunningham Falls, Cat Rock, Hog Rock, Wolf Rock, Chimney Rock, and Thurmont and Blue Ridge Vistas with Optional Post Hike Lunch!
An Easy Side of Strenuous 10.8 Miles
A magnificent 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 the fall the colors are spectacular. In about 5 hours, you will 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." This is an excellent hike for all four seasons and a must-experience adventure for anyone able to go the distance and handle a couple of challenging hills. Be certain to bring your camera on this hike!
This is a fantastic hike for anyone looking to progress from moderate to strenuous hikes. While they are pretty short, the hills are steeper than in many hikes. So add that to close to 11 miles of distance and this hike is on the easy side of strenuous and great for the further develop of your hiking legs.
Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Thurmont
Elev. Gain: 2200 feet
Length: 10.8 Total miles
Trail Type: Loop
Hike Time: About 5 hours
Skill Level: There are some steep climbs in this hike. Added to the total difference this is an easy side of strenuous hike.
Local Contacts: Catoctin Mountain Park
Note to hike leaders: This is hike 20 from the book "Circuit Hikes in VA, WV, MD and PA". IF you do not have this map and book, please contact Kellie so she can order it for you.
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There are 3 carpools for this hike!
DC Area Carpool (Centerville Park and Ride)
To carpool or caravan from the metro DC area, meetup at the Centerville Park and Ride. Click Here for 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.
Baltimore Area Carpool (Savage Station)
Click Here for directions to Savage Station. To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore metro area, meet at Savage Station.
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 where we meetup for this hike.
Hike is at 10:00 a.m.
Carpool time from Savage Park and Ride 9:00 a.m.
Carpool time from Centerville Park and Ride is 8:45 a.m.
Carpool time from 32 Park and Ride is 6:15 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.
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 to help ensure 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!