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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, MD 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 1696 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

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.


2 hours ago

Nice hike over varying terrain and some scenic stops.


3 hours ago

hiking

perfect hike, amazing view and really well maintained trail


23 hours ago

hiking

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


1 month ago


1 month ago

hiking

This loop is one of the best near DC. It is both a scenic trail as well as challenging. I don't recommend the Cunningham Falls spur in the summer. It's typically mobbed with people.


1 month ago

I only hiked from the visitor center to Chimney Rock to Wolf Rock to the visitor center, and then to Cunningham Falls and back. from the visitor center. Chimney Rock was beautiful! Would highly recommend. Cunningham Falls was not as beautiful as Chimney Rock, but overall I can't complain. I started around noon on a Thursday in July. Aside from Cunningham Falls, which was a bit crowded, I only saw a few other people on the trails.


1 month ago

hiking

Started at the park headquarters parking lot at 9:30 am on this Saturday. My car was the first one there. By the time I hiked to the Visitor Center 1 mile away, the two parking lots there were 50% full. Around 11:45am, I reached Wolf Rock. prompted by others I saw 3 rattlesnakes among the rocks.


2 months ago

hiking

I did the 8-9 mile loop: Visitors Center - Cunningham Falls - Hog Rock - Blue Ridge Summit Vista - Thurmont Vista - Wolf Rock - Chimney Rock - Park Headquarters - Visitors Center. It took me about 4 hours with a nice rest and exploration at Chimney Rock, which is one of my favorite views I've ever seen. Wolf Rock was slightly uneventful, as was the view from Hog Rock, but the hiking in between was gorgeous. Saw some great wildlife too, including a six foot long Black Ratsnake, a bunch of five-lined skinks, and deer. Gorgeous hike, I can't wait to go back!


2 months ago

hiking

I did the whole loop from the visitor center to Cunningham falls, to hog rock and back to the visitor center. Gorgeous trail, a little steep at times but overall a great trail. Can be a little rough for dogs; I saw a couple families regretting the decision to bring their pups along.


2 months ago

This was the most difficult hike I've taken so far as I'm a beginner or at the very least, not an avid hiker. But I loved it. It's not easy and really quite rocky so it's rough on your ankles. Make sure you have good boots. I did and was fine. My friend didn't and paid for it. But the views are worth it!


2 months ago

trail running

This was my first trail run, and this struck me as a decent starter trail. Signs were poorly put together and uninformative and there were no tree markings to guide your way. The eastern descent was treacherous with tons of sharp rocks. Not too busy, nicely balanced elevation-wise, all around a nice setting for a 9 mile run.


3 months ago

It's definitely rocky and the trail can be unclear at times, but the views are great. Some steep climbs- so be prepared!


3 months ago

hiking

Awesome hike, nice trails. Definitely going here again.


3 months ago

hiking


4 months ago

hiking

Nice clean maintained trail, four beautiful view points to see valley's. Some areas are very rocky and some like sand read. Around Daven mile trail but many points we can cut short if feel tiredness.
Overall nice workout on beautiful day.
It's easy hike.


5 months ago


10 months ago

Great hike. A little tough to keep the trail as you leave the visitors center thanks to leaf-covered rocks. Saw plenty of chipmunks and a couple deer.


10 months ago

Pros: Vistas, Fall Foliage, Workout, Clean
Cons: Visitors not following park regulations ... And disrupting nature :(


10 months ago

Great trail. I recommend starting along the trail along Rocky Ridge Road first and coming down after seeing Wolf Rock. The trail is very rocky on the way up (or down if you go reverse my suggestion) so wear good shoes and if you being the pup check their paws occasionally. Chimney Rock offers a great view but if you go during peak times you'll have to wait your turn to get a clear shot or go out on the rock. Still worth it to have lunch there.


11 months ago

hiking

Great trail, most of it was covered by the trees so very little chance of getting sun burn (last week of summer) a few challenging climbs but nothing too hard, the one thing i would say is bring good hiking shoes as part of the trial is covered in rocks and it can be painful when you do the whole 8 mile loop.