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Tue. Catoctin & Cunningham Falls: Cat, Hog, Wolf, Chimney Rock Plus the 2 Vistas

  • Sep 2, 2014 · 8:30 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 8:30 a.m.

Carpool time from Savage Park and Ride 7:30 a.m.

Carpool time from Centerville Park and Ride is 7:15 a.m.

Carpool meetup time from 32 Park and Ride is 7:45 a.m.

Optional Post Hike Lunch

We will have an optional post hike meal.

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 a 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!

Irina :[masked]

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for coming ! That hike was quiet challenging, because if bloody humid and heat , but we did it ! So happy to see how your hiking skills are changing , you guys get better and better ! YAY!

    2 · September 4, 2014

  • Cameron D.

    Good hike, good pace, fun morning!

    1 · September 2, 2014

  • Mike M.

    Really enjoyed doing this hike in reverse and the Old Misery Trail. Thanks Irina!

    1 · September 2, 2014

  • Yoshiko

    Thanks for your patience, Arina.
    We were slow but we did finish *\(^o^)/*

    1 · September 2, 2014

  • Edwige

    I agree, Kathleen said it so well! It was nice starting with Misery trail, changing it up :). Thanks again Irina for leading us and making it such a great hike (even with the humidity!)

    September 2, 2014

  • Tracey

    I second everything Kathleen said. She just says it so well!

    September 2, 2014

  • Tracey

    I second everything Kathleen said. She just says it so well!

    September 2, 2014

  • KathleenW

    The heat and humidity killed today and made a hard hike even harder! Drenched in sweat from head to toe.. And yet we were VICTORIOUS!!! Yahoo! What a unbelievable workout with a great pace. It was a fab idea to do this hike in reverse. Good call Irina for mixing it up! Won't forget this one for sure!

    1 · September 2, 2014

  • Steve B.

    Leaving from Centreville Park and ride at 7.15 if anyone wants a ride

    September 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm going to do this in different way, we would get all hills and Old Misery trail too ;) Distance will be the same .

    3 · August 19, 2014

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