Christmas on Sugarloaf (moderate)

  • December 25, 2012 · 10:00 AM

A 9-mile circuit hike with about 3,300 ft. of elevation change (moderate or 3.2 blisters) on nearby Sugarloaf Mountain. (A slightly shorter hike with significantly less elevation change is an option.) Sugarloaf is a monadnock, which is a geological term for a mountain that sticks out like a sore thumb from the surrounding land, which also means that you can get great views. The mountain is home to a wide variety of trees, wildflowers, and assorted critters. It has an interesting geology and a fascinating history, including being the site of a proposed presidential retreat (before Camp David). With few bugs and fewer people, there’s no better place close to home to celebrate a natural Christmas.

Bring a couple of quarts of water, a bag lunch, and any leftover holiday treats to share. To carpool, meet at 10 am at the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Kiss & Ride. Leaders are Vicky Hsu and me.

Last year’s Christmas on Sugarloaf hike:

https://picasaweb.google.com/113258319599232463581/SugarloafMtn2011#slideshow/

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  • Claire

    this could not have been more perfect for a Christmas hike, snow on the ground, blue sky, great company. What a gift.

    December 26, 2012

  • Mike

    It was a white Christmas on the mountain--just enough to make it beautiful, but caused no problem for hiking. For all the pix see https://picasaweb.google.com/113258319599232463581/SugarloafChristmas2012#slideshow/.

    December 25, 2012

  • Sarita K

    Great.

    December 25, 2012

  • Salma

    Merry Christmas folks!! Regretfully, I won't be able to make it...have a great time!

    December 25, 2012

  • byron

    Hi guys, thanks for organizing this, it sounds fun, just a quick question , is there a specific location we meet at the Sugarloaf ? I only ask because I might not stop by the Grosvenor metro station, I might go straight to the Sugarloaf. thank in advance

    December 24, 2012

    • Salma

      I'd like to know the same along with the meeting time at sugarloaf.

      December 24, 2012

    • Mike

      The parking area is very limitted, so I really hope that we carpool to the extent possible. If you still prefer to meet at the trailhead, contact me directly ([masked]).

      December 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    anybody from NOVA would like to carpool?

    December 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    is someone driving from or close to south riding, va? i will need ride. i will sign up only if i can arrange a ride.

    December 20, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am in Reston. Can you make it to Reston?

      December 20, 2012

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