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Trail Day at Sugarloaf Mountain
Those hiking trails that we enjoy using at Sugarloaf Mountain (Dickerson, MD) do not maintain themselves! Continuation of trail projects on the Northern Peaks Trail at Sugarloaf Mountain. This will be the first trail day at Sugarloaf Mountain for the fall season after the summer break. Installation of new and maintenance of existing erosion control structures on the blue-blazed Northern Peaks Trail will be the primary tasks. Dress in clothing that you don't mind getting dirty appropriate for the weather. Shorts are NOT recommended. Session will cancel for steady heavy rains and thunderstorms, but not light or intermittent showers. We generally finish at 3:30 pm; however, stay as long as you can. Later arrivals welcome also, just inform overseer in advance so that he can let you know the project site location. Meeting location at Mount Ephraim Road (near half-mile marker B-8). Sugarloaf Trail Map:

Sugarloaf Mountain (west side)

Mount Ephraim Road · Dickerson, MD


What we're about

This is a group for anyone who is interested in hiking, backpacking, camping, trail maintenance and making new friends. This group was started to bring outdoor enthusiasts from all walks of life together.

The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) is a volunteer-based organization, headquartered in Vienna, Virginia. PATC was founded in 1927 by the men and women who planned and built the Appalachian Trail. PATC is one of 31 organizations that partner with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) in maintaining the Appalachian Trail for the enjoyment of present and future hikers.

Through its 7,300 members and volunteers, PATC builds and maintains 240 miles of the Appalachian Trail and over 800 miles of other trails in the Mid Atlantic Region, along with cabins, shelters, and hundreds of acres of conserved land.

PATC volunteers contribute tens of thousands of hours of volunteer service every year. Volunteers maintain trails, cabins, and shelters, teach Leave No Trace principles to hikers and backpackers, publish maps and guidebooks, and help manage a busy headquarters operation.

In addition to volunteer opportunities, the club offers a busy calendar of recreational events, including hikes, excursions, cross-country ski weekends, and mountaineering trips. The club is always in need of enthusiastic volunteers.

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