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Don't knock a monadnock for Christmas

From: Mike
Sent on: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 12:05 PM

Wanderers,

 

Shear sharing sheer chair cheer? Sure, but let’s wait until after the holidays.

 

Meanwhile, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as far as hiking on Sugarloaf Mountain is concerned. But I’m not concerned. To share the cheer, we’ll do a 9-mile circuit/circuitous hike with about 3,300 ft. of elevation change (moderate or 3.2 blisters) on that nearby mountain; a slightly shorter hike with significantly less elevation change (2.6 blisters) is an option. With few bugs and fewer people, there’s no better place close to home to celebrate a natural Christmas.

 

Sugarloaf (www.sugarloafmd.com) is the Washington areas’ very own monadnock, which in technical geological terms means a mountain that sticks out like a sore thumb. That, in turn, means that you can get great views from a monadnock. Indeed, there are several overlooks on with fabulous views on Sugarloaf and we’ll try to not overlook any of them. We’ll have lunch while enjoying one such view from White Rocks (without going over the physical cliff). 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), and being the inspiration for a wrong Wright, pre-Guggenheim corkscrew edifice. More about that when we’re hiking.

 

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

 

Last two years’ Christmas on Sugarloaf Hikes:

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

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

 

Speaking of traditions, the 39th Happy New Year Hike is also coming up. More about that next week. In the meantime, whether or not I see you, have happy holidays and a great next year!

 

Holiday Cheers,

Mike

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