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Catoctin Mountain Extended Loop Trail

HARD 42 reviews
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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

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.

hiking
3 days ago

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

22 days ago

I recommend doing this loop counter clockwise

28 days ago

Nice hike over varying terrain and some scenic stops.

hiking
28 days ago

perfect hike, amazing view and really well maintained trail

hiking
29 days ago

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

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

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.

2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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!

hiking
3 months ago

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.

3 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!

trail running
3 months ago

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.

4 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!

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome hike, nice trails. Definitely going here again.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

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.

6 months ago

11 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.

11 months ago

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