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Sugarloaf Mountain Summit Trails Hike: An Easy side of Strenuous 6 Miles!

  • Jul 20, 2014 · 8:00 AM
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Sugarloaf Mountain: Summit Trails! An Easy Side of Strenuous 6 Miles with Optional Visit to Winery

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.

Hike Pace
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.

Trail Information
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.
Season: Year-round
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)

Weather Information
We hike rain or shine! Click here for up to the minute weather information for the trailhead.

Carpool Information

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

Click Here for Directions to Where We Meet for This Hike

Hike Time is 8:00 a.m. (To Beat the Heat)

Gear Suggestions

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!

Justin: [masked]


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  • Bernie

    Thank you Shmuel for leading a great hike today.

    1 · July 20, 2014

  • Dean

    A perfect workout...the pace was a bit faster than I've done this year, which was perfect for pushing me! Fun group, great weather.

    July 20, 2014

  • Shmuel

    The slower group did fine. The weather was balmy/cool, East Coast special. Delighted to see friends from previous hikes: Betsy, Pamela, Kat and Bernie. Even had time to talk with Bernie some. Thanks the people from the Frederick group with whom I hiked in previous years. Thanks everyone for cooperation and being there.

    1 · July 20, 2014

  • Betsy L.

    Lucky us with overcast skies at the outset, and lower humidity than expected. A good workout with all the ups and downs, but not overly challenging. A pleasant morning's hike with well-marked paths -- thanks, Shmuel, for leading us. And thanks, Justin, for leading the fast group. (As usual, Justin and his group disappeared like smoke in 2 seconds up the first steep climb -- I did a more leisurely, and panting, climb.)

    July 20, 2014

  • Christopher

    Had a great challenging time. Did my first Justin pace hike(JPH). I wanted to test my speed endurance limits. I felt good I kept up the whole time.

    July 20, 2014

  • bonnie n.

    I appreciated the start time of 8am. A cheerful group, as always! The strenuous part was over soon. Great way to start the morning.

    July 20, 2014

  • Becky R.

    Beautiful weather today, fun conversations, and a great pace. :-) Thanks to Justin for leading!

    July 20, 2014

  • Ana

    Had difficulty finding the right parking lot. First one. Ugh frustrating!

    July 20, 2014

  • Linda G.

    Hi, If anyone is driving from Alexandria or near a DC or VA Metro, I need a ride and will contribute toward gas and tolls.

    July 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've had to bow out due to some news I just received today. Too bad as Sugarloaf has been a longtime favorite of mine, and it was about time to revisit my old buddy. :)

    Anyways, I'm hoping the wait list is on its toes to snag my spot! Happy trails, everyone.

    July 18, 2014

    • Christopher

      Thank you Gina. I was giving up hope. I hope the news wasn't bad.

      July 18, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Nothing that can't be handled, thank goodness. Thanks for your concern. Have a great time Christopher!

      July 18, 2014

  • Dean

    I'll be leaving the Sterling iHOP (on Rt. 7 near Dranesville Rd.) at 6:45am, heading up through Leesburg and across White's Ferry; happy to take up to 3 riders.

    July 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone driving from Hagerstown area?

    July 14, 2014

  • KathleenW

    will there def be 2 paces?

    July 7, 2014

    • Shmuel

      It seems so. Justin will do the fast pace and I'll do the others.

      July 7, 2014

  • rachel

    Is anyone driving from DC? Happy to help with gas $.

    July 5, 2014

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