Somehow this one always wroks out to be a winter hike.....
I've compiled the hike data from 60 hikes within 60 miles/ Washington DC and the posting on www.midatlantichikes.com The route will follow that on the website. (the website also links to Google maps for those wanting more detailed directions from the Baltimore area)
Sugarloaf Mountain is an oddity, similar to but smaller than Massanutten Mountain further west. It is a solitary mountain that sits in the middle of farmland between the beginning of the Piedmont Plateau and the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is privately owned, and is managed as a nature preserve/public recreation area.
Terrain ranges from hardpack dirt to rocky and rooty. Estimated hiking time is 3.5 hrs.
As long as Fido is well behaved, he/she is welcome along on this hike. My dogs will be coming along.
Directions: from the Capitol Beltway (I495) head north on I270 towards Frederick for 22 miles. Get off at exit 22, turning right onto MD rte 109, and head west for 3 miles, then turn right onto MD95 (Comus Rd) and drive up. Pass the first parking lot at the base of the mountain (outside the main gate), turn into the park and continue on into the park on the service road to the East View parking lot..we will meet and begin the hike here. The gate closes an hour before sunset.
**NOTE** IF there is snowfall on the ground, they may have this road closed. IF so, we'll have to park at the lower lot, and adjust. I'll post more, closer in.
Heavy rain--or "winter weather" ( or significant snowfall allready on the ground) will cancel; light drizzle will not.