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Sugarloaf Mtn ~7.5 mile Hike

  • Mar 2, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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Sugarloaf is my favorite "backyard" hike because it has decent elevation gain, good views, is close to (my) home, and free. There is also a winery right up the road that is good for a post hike rest.

We will meet at the West View Parking Lot pavilion [masked], [masked]) where the green and blue trails meet.

I plan on taking the blue trail up to White Rocks overlook. Swing down the blue to the white trail. Take the white trail all the way down and around back up to the red trail so we can go to the peak. From the peak the green trail goes back down to the parking lot. In all, it is about 7.5 miles and about 1300 ft elevation gain. We could also take the orange trail to the peak, but it has really become eroded in recent years and I'm not crazy about adding to its deterioration, but it is a fun scramble.

Here's a map of the trails.

http://www.sugarloafmd.com/images/maps/102709_trailmap.pdf

There are maps available at the trail head or you can print it out and bring it with you. Everyone needs to have a map.

Here is a picture of the pavilion where we will meet:

Hike Details:

~ 7.5 miles

~ 1300 ft elevation gain

~ 4 hours

Terrain: Rocky trail

Weather: http://www.weather.com/weather/right-now/Dickerson+MD+20842

What to bring/how to prepare:

1. Water and snacks

2. Map (http://www.sugarloafmd.com/images/maps/102709_trailmap.pdf)

3. Dress in layers - preferably no cotton - and bring rain gear depending on weather

4. Ankle support not required, but recommended since trail is rocky

5. Traction (such as Microspikes) not required, but may be a good idea depending on the weather

I will send out my phone number to attendees a few days before the hike in case you need to reach me the morning of the hike. If you have questions, in the meantime, you can email me through my profile page or post them below in the discussion section.

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  • Kirsten

    The was my first time to Sugar Loaf Mountain but not my last. Hollis did a great job navigating the hike with just the perfect pace and rest spots. Thanks for posting the maps. Look forward to more hikes. Thanks to a great group of hikers.

    March 5, 2013

  • rachel

    Thanks Hollis!

    March 2, 2013

  • rachel

    great

    March 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a great time. Hollis did a great job. Really awesome day hike.

    March 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for organizing this event and for being an attentive host!

    March 2, 2013

  • Jennifer E.

    Awesome -great people and great stories. Plus a big tan bear at the top...masiff sp? dog. Thanks Hollis!!!

    March 2, 2013

  • Steve A

    A good hike, the pace was good, we didn't get lost and nobody got hurt. Some nice views. Hollis did a great job planning and leading the hike.

    March 2, 2013

    • Hollis

      Thanks Steve!

      March 2, 2013

  • Hollis

    Thanks everyone for a great hike and for being easy on me for my first hike hosting :) I hope to see you all out on the trail again soon. If anyone is interested here is the hike profile. If you click on the end-point it will give you the stats. https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=203984226168374248817.0004d6f6b2029f668089b&msa=0&ll=39.285885,-77.388124&spn=0.035541,0.084543

    March 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone leaving from NoVA I may be able to carpool with? I will help out with gas/toll. Thanks.

    February 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes, see you both at there tomorrow, and at 8am.

      March 1, 2013

    • Giselle

      Great, look for the red jeep!

      March 1, 2013

  • rachel

    Jonathan want to drive together tomorrow morning. I live in DC too

    March 1, 2013

  • Veronica

    ~ Hi Hollis, sorry but I don't know how to send you an e-mail directly to your Meetup profile... sorry. I got your latest e-mail; would you please add me to the "attending list". I am still interested in participating on the 2nd. Thank you,

    February 28, 2013

    • Veronica

      ~ Kudos to Jonathan... now, may I have a colorized one?!?! :-)

      March 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I didn't even think about uploading it on here. I just put it up there for you. I will print out a couple for the trail tomorrow. I had a difficult time figuring out where one trail ended and another started, so I'm sure there is some incorrect coloring, but the labels are still there. These could be cool if you have access to tabloid size waterproof paper. Enjoy!

      March 1, 2013

  • rachel

    I'm driving from DC (near Chevy Chase circle) if anyone wants a ride.

    February 28, 2013

  • Kirsten

    Hollis, Glad to see you hosting this hike. It sounds like fun and is close by. I hope to make the list. Thanks, Kirsten

    February 28, 2013

  • Becky R.

    So sorry I won't be able to make this one--I have a conflicting event.

    February 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If microspikes are needed, will chains suffice, or do I need to grab some microspikes instead? Oh, I'll be coming from DC proper if anybody needs a lift. I can fit two other people in my car quasi-comfortably. Possibly a third if there isn't much gear and I locate the center seat belt (it's in there somewhere!).

    February 20, 2013

    • Hollis

      I looked up shoe chains and they seem better than YakTrax, but not quite as good as spikes. The issue is that once they get packed with snow you will lose traction, but I really don't think you are going to need them on this hike, so don't worry about going and getting anything new right now. It looks like it is going to be in the mid to upper 40s next week.

      February 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sounds good to me. Thanks!

      February 20, 2013

  • Hollis

    I'll be leaving from Silver Spring and have room for 3 people. If you are interested in a ride and can get to the Silver Spring metro, email me through the meetup site.

    February 20, 2013

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