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

  • Jan 25, 2014 · 10:00 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 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

Special Winter Requirement

Traction gear is a must in order to hike in the winter with our group on this hike 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. YakTrax brand (has springs) are highly discouraged due to accidents we have had with them breaking or "clogging" with ice/snow. 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!

Weather Information
We hike rain, snow, or shine (Hence the special gear requirement). 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 10:00 a.m.

Carpool Meetup Time is 8:30 a.m.

Optional Post Hike Lunch Information and Menu

We will have an optional hike lunch at Cozy Restaurantas 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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  • Martin M.

    Awesome hike- Cunningham Falls being frozen was cool to see

    1 · January 27, 2014

  • Kellie C.

    Sandy, thank you very much for volunteering to lead this hike, yay!

    January 26, 2014

  • Deb


    1 · January 26, 2014

  • Melissa H.

    Fun hike and great views!

    1 · January 25, 2014

  • Sandy B.

    A great cold day for a hike thanks everyone for coming out and hiking with me.

    1 · January 25, 2014

  • Paul D.

    Good morning everyone see you on the hike snow showers for this morning up here be careful see you there

    1 · January 25, 2014

  • Melissa H.

    Will I be too hot hiking in my waterproof ski pants? If so, I'll buy some waterproof (noninsulated) shell pants tomorrow. I'm new to hiking and am trying to spread out my purchases.

    January 23, 2014

  • Deb

    Anyone want to carpool from the Alexandria area?

    January 22, 2014

    • Deb

      Hi, I was thinking a metro. Easy and free parking on weekends. East or West stations would be ok for me. I am likely further than either of you.

      January 23, 2014

    • Deb

      Ed, I just talked to Newt. We will meet at East Falls Church metro, on the Lee Hwy side; ready to leave at 8:30. I will be in a blue Highlander with a bike rack on the back. I will send you my phone number. Deb

      January 23, 2014

  • Roger

    I will be leaving from Grosvenor metro, anyone wants to carpool?

    January 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have Yak Trax, but is there currently any snow/ice in this area?

    January 17, 2014

    • Sandy B.

      Terri since I live in the Baltimore are I do not know what the trail are like in Thurmont, but is a safe guess that in Sat there will still be a lot of snow on the trails.

      January 20, 2014

  • Sandy B.

    Traction gear is a requirement on all winter hikes. You might not need to wear them but since we can not guarantee the conditions on the trail it is always best to have them with you. We have hiked this area when in the Baltimore and DC there was no snow or ice but the trails were covered.

    1 · January 14, 2014

    • Eric M.

      Hi sandy! Spring will be here soon. I have traction gear.

      January 14, 2014

  • Klare M.

    This sounds like a great hike and I read the description of the area . . . was a little concerned about the paragraph indicating traction gear is a MUST for this hike. Is that because of the steep hill at the beginning of the hike?

    January 14, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I was concerned as well but I found the Stabilicers on Amazon for 44.95 with free shipping. I hope this helps!

      January 14, 2014

  • Sandy B.

    I can carpool from either the I70 Park and Ride or the I70 and Rt32 park and ride. Any one want a ride?

    January 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sure, & thanks so much. Let me know what time to be at the I70 & Rt32 park & ride?

      January 13, 2014

    • Sandy B.

      We will meet at 9 am

      January 13, 2014

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