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Sugarloaf Mountain Summit Trails! A Mod-Side-of-Strenuous 6 Miles

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Sugarloaf Mountain Summit Trails! A Mod-Side-of-Strenuous 6 Miles


Hike on Sugarloaf Mountain: The Summit Area Trails! A Moderate-Side-of-Strenuous 6 Mile Hike

Mid Atlantic Hiking Group does not require proof of vaccination. Not all hikers may be vaccinated. Organized carpools with masks.

If you exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 7 days, then please do not sign up. Also, inform the hike leader if you are diagnosed with Covid-19 within 7 days of the hike.

Sugarloaf Mountain looms above rolling farmlands about 30 crow-miles northwest of Washington. Privately owned, it’s managed as both a nature preserve and public recreation area. Although it attracts many visitors, they’re mostly sightseers and picnickers who prefer the roadside overlooks and the summit. For hikers, the 3,300-acre property offers good trails, a lungs-and-muscles workout, and a beguiling natural setting. At its best, it’s wildflower pretty in spring, green-bower scenic in summer, and turning-leaf colorful in autumn.

The tough climb along the summit trails is well worth it due to the spectacular views! We will be hiking the red and green summit trails, which are VERY STEEP, and taking the blue trail to the White Rocks Overlook. Please make sure that you are up to completing a "moderate-side-of-strenuous" level hike.

Trail Information
Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Dickerson, MD
Length: 6 total miles
Scenery: Upland woodlands, sweeping vistas
Exposure: Mostly shade but less in winter
Trail Surface: Roughly half hard-packed dirt, half rocky and rooty
Elevation Change: 1300 ft
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Moderate-side-of-Strenuous.
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Stronghold, Inc
Facilities: Shelter and Portable toilet at the trailhead

Park Entry Fee
There is no park entrance fee.
PLEASE NOTE: The park is asking for a donation of $5.00.

Gear Suggestions
Click Here for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails.

Weather Information
We hike rain or shine. Click Here to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking.

Our RSVP and Group Etiquette
Click Here to review our RSVP policies and group etiquette.

Directions to the Trailhead
We meet at the West View Parking Lot (39.26226, -77.39679)
The address for Sugarloaf Mtn is:
7901 Comus Rd
Dickerson, MD 20842
You drive about 10 min up the mountain to West View Parking which is about .2 miles after East View Parking

Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 9:15-9:25 a.m.

The Hike is at 9:30 a.m.

Please remember we are a volunteer-supported organization that values:

  1. Fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette.
  2. Leave No Trace principles.

Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer as leaders for Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups volunteer leadership team. Click Here to become a part of the team!
Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper” to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. MAHG volunteers and members are very supportive, and encouraging, with a focus on safety while enjoying excellent camaraderie and benefiting from the many health benefits of hiking and unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of MAHGs core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission.

Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization and donations ARE tax-deductible.
Tax ID: 47-5141831

A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike!

Let’s have good times out on the trails and see you there!

Christa: 410.610.6254

Donations to Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group are Tax Deductible.
Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization.
• Click here to Learn more about Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission.

COVID-19 safety measures
Event will be outdoor
The event host is instituting the above safety measures for this event. Meetup is not responsible for ensuring, and will not independently verify, that these precautions are followed.
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