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8th Annual Christmas on Sugarloaf (moderate)
Here’s the perfect way to celebrate Christmas—hiking on Sugarloaf! Combine the views, the scenery, the company, the exercise, the weather, and the holiday cheer, and you end up with something special every year. With few bugs, fewer leaves (better views!), and fewest people, there’s no better place close to home to enjoy a natural Christmas. (Says the ghost of Christmas Natural.) As a monadnock, Sugarloaf stands out from its surroundings, providing spectacular views in all directions from several cliff overlooks and offering some of the best hiking near the Capital area. 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). Photos from our previous Sugarloaf Christmases: —2016: —2015: —2014: —2013: —2012: —2011: —2010: The Hike: We’ll do a 9-mile circuit hike with about 3,300 ft. of elevation change (moderate or 3.2 blisters). There are some strenuous stretches and many ups and downs. This is not an easy hike. Leaders are Vicky Hsu and Mike Darzi. What to Wear: You will need to dress for the weather, in layers so that some stuff can come off as you warm up hiking. Consider the wind chill in addition to the temperature, so an extra jacket or windbreaker is advised. Consider wearing ear covers, gloves, a hat, sunglasses, and a scarf or high collar. The trails are rocky and may be icy, so hiking boots are strongly recommended. Don’t forget your walking poles if you use them. Carrying an extra pair of socks is a good idea. What to Bring: Bring two or more quarts of water, a bag lunch, and leftover holiday treats (especially homemade) to share. Bring binoculars and a camera if you like. When & Where: We’ll meet at 9:30 am at the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Kiss & Ride ( ). Parking at the trailhead is very limited, so carpooling is important.

Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Kiss & Ride

Tuckerman Lane · North Bethesda, MD

What we're about

A group of folks in the Greater Washington DC area bound by the belief that life is best taken one step at a time. Events are primarily day hikes (from easy to difficult), but include other outdoor activities and occasional social ones.

"It's quite a feet" hike rating:
- Easy, less than 2 blisters
- Moderate, 2 to 3.5 blisters
- Difficult, greater than 3.5 blisters
where 1 blister = about 5 mi., or about 2500' up or down.

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