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.
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:
~ 7.5 miles
~ 1300 ft elevation gain
~ 4 hours
Terrain: Rocky trail
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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