Catoctin Mountain Extended Loop Trail

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Catoctin Mountain Extended Loop Trail is a 8.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Thurmont, Maryland that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.6 miles 1843 feet Loop

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

This loop is a combination of all of the three major loops in the Catoctin Mountain Park, totaling 8 miles and including Cunningham Falls, Hog Rock, Blue Ridge Summit, Thurmont Vista, Wolf Rock, and Chimney Rock. Ranges from an easy walk to a challenging uphill hike, but the beautiful vistas make it well worth the effort. The park also has many interesting geological formations and wildlife. The trail is very rocky in many areas.

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2 months ago

It took us too long to finish because we made several stops, but it was very pretty. I would say it's fairly a moderate to easy hike. Jumping across the gap at Chimney Rock was the only real challenge for me.

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2 months ago

it was great

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Very nice trail. Perfect for Saturday hike. The whole loop takes around 4.5h.

3 months ago

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3 months ago

Beautiful hike to some really nice vistas. The clockwise loop from the Visitor Center seemed to be a more gradual climb.

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4 months ago

I recommend doing this loop counter clockwise

4 months ago

Nice hike over varying terrain and some scenic stops.

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4 months ago

perfect hike, amazing view and really well maintained trail

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4 months ago

good trail. nice long loop. tough, but well maintained. highly recommended.

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4 months ago