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Catoctin Mountain Park Hike - 8.4 Mile loop

  • Mar 1, 2014 · 9:00 AM
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Let's hike Catoctin! This is one of the most popular local hikes in Maryland. If offers a variety of connecting trails that range from easy to somewhat strenuous. There are many places for great pictures and a few views. Chimney Rocks, Blue Ridge summit, Hog Rock, Cunningham falls and a few more. We will do the full route. There are options for those that do not want to do the full 8.4 miles. If you choose to do less, please bring a map so you will know the route back to the parking lot.

Here is the description of each trail from the park site.

You can print the full topo map and route here:

We will meet at 9am in the Visitors Center parking lot to try to get a jump on the crowds.

Pace: moderate pace of 2.5 miles an hour. Please ensure you can keep up with this pace to be fair to the rest of the group. What to bring: Comfortable clothing, layers, hiking boots or comfortable shoes, rain gear if you have it, at least 2 liters of water, snacks, and anything else you need to be safe and comfortable during a short hike.

Directions: Here are the GPS coordinates:[masked], [masked]

Contact information: [masked],[masked]


Please reach out if you have any questions! See you at the trail head!

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  • Lauren L.

    Jen- I got to try out my boot "chains", strap-ons, whatever you call them. They are awesome! Will never forget to pack those again. Glad we could share last Saturday. :) Thanks Katrina for letting us borrow yours.

    1 · March 4, 2014

    • Katrina

      micro spikes lol...from what Im told, many of yall did some slipping, sliding and falling, i missed almost all of it! lol

      March 5, 2014

  • Lauren L.

    This hike was so fun! Even with the ice and snow. Everyone was so nice. It was a real pleasure getting to know everyone. Already looking forward to the next one! P.S. Thanks Jen and Katrina for taking AND posting pics. They turned out great!

    March 4, 2014

  • Jennifer E.

    Thanks Katrina for organizing this fun time. Lots of great and helpful folks. Prayer really protected us from doing anything too fancy on the ice. Look forward to the next trip and the laughs and fellowship that come with it.

    1 · March 2, 2014

    • Katrina

      Jen it was so great to see you! Cant wait to see you spread your wings! :-) you have my support!

      March 2, 2014

  • Katrina

    Despite the abbreviated hike that was a lot of fun! Great seeing everyone!

    March 1, 2014

  • Lauren L.

    Looking forward to it!

    1 · February 28, 2014

  • Katrina

    From DC takes 1 hr 20 min, temps in the mid to high 30's tomorrow

    February 28, 2014

  • Katrina

    Hello all!! I am looking forward to a nice walk tomorrow. Please update your RSVP in the event you cant attend. We will wait 10 min for late arrivals. Please contact me if you are coming but will be a little later tomorrow. Bring enough water and snacks based on what you need. And it should be warmer tomorrow so dress in layers. Better to be warm than too cold. The trail is pretty clear of snow, though there may be a few patches of snow and/or ice in the shady areas. The roads will be open to park at the visitors center. If there are any questions/concerns, please let me know. Drive safe tomorrow morning and see everyone at 9am

    February 28, 2014

  • Brenda S.

    Would like yo have made this one, but working that morning. Have a great hike.

    1 · February 23, 2014

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