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: