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Cunningham Falls & Caoctin: Cat, Hog, Wolf, & Chimney Rocks + Vistas: 10.8 Miles

  • Jan 5, 2014 · 10:00 AM
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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!

Transition 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.

Trail Information

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.

Gear Information

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

Weather Information

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

Carpool Information

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!

Priyanga:[masked]

Mike H:[masked]

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  • Geoff H.

    Great first hike-- thanks everyone!

    1 · January 5, 2014

    • Jaz

      Hi Geoff, I think I left my microspikes in your trunk. Can you check and get back to me? I may need them for this weekend's hike. Thanks.

      January 7, 2014

  • Roger

    To Cesar and Kimberly, one of you left microspikes in car. Please contact me.

    January 6, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Not mine. Maybe Cesar or Priyanga left them as a free gift for you!

      January 6, 2014

  • Bill Y.

    It felt like boot-camp. I should mention that Becky deserves extra credit for doing an outstanding job as sweeper. I might have dropped out during the first lap if not for her encouragement. And later on it seemed that a few other people experienced a similar loss of steam, but she coaxed them through.

    2 · January 6, 2014

    • Moss

      Yes, thanks Becky!

      1 · January 6, 2014

  • Roger

    An awful day for hiking , but I am so glad I did it. It felt like I passed some sort of test, although all my supposedly water-resistant gear failed, from hat to boots, which gave me my first - ever blisters. Only microspikes and hand warmer worked. Many thanks to our leader and everyone for making this happen.

    1 · January 6, 2014

  • Jaz

    Today's hike made me feel like a real hiker.. :-D It was great seeing familiar faces and meeting new people. Thanks, Priyanga, for leading and two thumps to your choice of vistas! Thanks, Becky, for sweeping. Hope to see you all again soon. Geoff, thanks for driving on icy roads today.

    1 · January 6, 2014

  • Bill B.

    Great hike despite harsh weather! A super group of hikers and Priyanga did a great job energizing and leading the group! Buffet afterwards at Cozy was incredible!

    1 · January 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike - maybe the best in all of Maryland!! Priyanga was a great hike leader, keeping us all energized and in good spirits despite lousy weather conditions.

    2 · January 5, 2014

  • Bill Y.

    I struggled on those early hills, but it was a fun hike once I finally hit my stride. Though I must admit that I feel a lot better after taking a HOT shower and changing into some DRY clothes.

    2 · January 5, 2014

  • Johanna

    Thanks to the incomparable leader Priyanga and all my awesome fellow hikers for a fantastic winter hike!

    4 · January 5, 2014

  • Roger

    Hi, Is anyone interested in carpool from Grosvenor metro station?

    December 29, 2013

    • Roger

      Sure.

      January 4, 2014

    • Roger

      I found someone 's hiking poles and microspikes left in my car.

      January 5, 2014

  • Becky R.

    It was more of a challenge than usual for Priyanga to make this hike fabulous, but as usual he came through. :-) Great bunch of troupers, ha.

    2 · January 5, 2014

  • Kelly P

    What a great group! Can't believe everyone showed up in the freezing rain. Wishing everyone hot showers

    2 · January 5, 2014

  • natalia

    I am trying to get back into shape. Exercising this month, so I can join real hiking soon! Wish me luck!

    January 5, 2014

  • Bill Y.

    Just outside the park. Four in the car. There soon.

    January 5, 2014

  • Eric W

    Could anyone provide a carpool from Centreville, or other lot in VA? Will be happy to chip in for gas.

    December 30, 2013

    • Eric W

      Roger that. Thanks!

      January 4, 2014

    • Eric W

      Geoff...what make/color car are you driving?

      January 5, 2014

  • suraj

    I hope this one is a go event no matter rain or shine right?Coz looks like tomo its gonna rain in the area

    January 4, 2014

    • Moss

      Yup, rain or shine :)

      January 5, 2014

  • Mark P.

    Unfortunately I'm going to have to miss this one - was really looking forward to it! (Didn't pack, and have to, for week trip leaving tomorrow morning)

    January 5, 2014

  • Deborah E. G.

    I will meet the group at the trail head. I'm a little concerned about weather forecast, but am hoping for the best. Debbie

    January 4, 2014

  • Bill Y.

    I signed up late, but I can meet at Centreville at 8:30 if there is still anybody with room in their car. If not, I will drive up. I am leaving from North Arlington (near East Falls Church metro) if anybody needs a ride from there.

    January 3, 2014

    • Geoff H.

      Hi Bill, I have one more seat left in my car if you're interested. Just let me know!

      January 3, 2014

    • Bill Y.

      Sure - Geoff - that signs good - I will be at the Centrevile P&R at 8:30. Any issues, call me at[masked]

      January 4, 2014

  • Kelly P

    I'll be leaving from Capitol Hill at 8:15 a.m. Let me know if you would like a ride with me and my dog. (Must confirm by text.) Thanks!

    January 3, 2014

  • Jaz

    Hello, is there anyone to leave from Centreville P & R? I would like to carpool and chip in for gas.

    December 30, 2013

    • Geoff H.

      Thanks Jaz. Have you been out to this Catoctin site before? Google maps said it takes about 90 minutes to get there. If it really is that long, I'm wondering if we shouldn't bump the carpool time back to 8:30 AM.

      January 3, 2014

    • Jaz

      That sounds good, Geoff. I will be there by 8:30.

      January 3, 2014

  • Moss

    Hi all, looking forward to this hike, it is one of my favorites!

    Looks like Catoctin has already gotten a few inches of snow, and these trails can become iced over in the winter. Please bring traction gear and poles if you have them, they may be needed depending on the trail conditions. There is a good guide to winter hiking gear here: http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Gear_Information_and_What_to_Bring/

    Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks, and see you Sunday!

    January 3, 2014

  • Deborah E. G.

    Hi, I will be leaving from Rockville/Aspen Hill area in case anybody wants to carpool from there. It sounds like Grosvenor group is full.

    Debbie

    January 3, 2014

  • Geoff H.

    Is anyone driving from the Centerville location? I'd be happy to help pay for gas.

    December 13, 2013

  • Mary Kay S.

    Would love this to be my first 2014 hike but arriving back from Anguilla late Saturday evening! Sun, beach to maybe freezing temps....don't think so....hope to see you all soon!

    December 10, 2013

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