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Wolf Rock & Chimney Rock Trail

HARD 40 reviews
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Wolf Rock & Chimney Rock Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Thurmont, MD that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.3 miles 841 feet Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

walking

forest

views

wildlife

muddy

rocky

A rugged hike to two outstanding vistas and a fascinating rock formation in Catoctin Mountain Park This is a somewhat rugged hike to two outstanding vistas and a fascinating rock formation known as Wolf Rock, traveling through immense stands of hardwoods and abundant mountain laurel. Special considerations: With two outstanding vistas, add plenty of time to your itinerary for enjoying the views.

hiking
23 days ago

Very steep and rocky at the onset (it was predominantly rocky throughout...make sure to wear thick-soled hiking shoes) but the reward of Chimney Rock is worth it. Incredible views! Wolf Rock is a cool stopping point too but there's no view from the rocks. Thurmont Vista is a nice view and the rest of the trek back to the visitors center was a gradual down hill walk through the woods. The Catoctin's are beautiful and I look forward to exploring more of its trails.

26 days ago

awesome! not too hard. descent workout. great for the dogs.

pretty tough for 3.9 miles. very rocky but beautiful all along the way and awesome views!

1 month ago

Amazing views

hiking
2 months ago

Great rocks and little caves

2 months ago

A really nice trail in the fall! Would definitely rate it more moderate than hard, initial hike up the mountain was definitely steep but not too difficult. Would not suggest climbing chimney rock without good grip shoes, though. Beautiful views, about a 2 1/2 hour trip in and out but we stopped a lot for pictures!

2 months ago

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3 months ago

We started off headed towards chimney rock. The rocky terrain makes it a little difficult to navigate, but we found our way to the overlook, wolf rock and eventually completed the loop back to the parking lot. Even with our bad sense of direction, we wrapped things up in about an hour and 45 minutes. Good workout!

hiking
3 months ago

2nd time on this trail. Loved the view of Chimney Rock, just before dusk, amazingly beautiful hike!

3 months ago

Love the views from this trail and it is marked as Hard but I would say moderate would fit better. I will say since the last update to this app when I set record the Red Line "path" disappears making it a little hard to navigate to find your way around the loop trail when there are other connecting trails.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice short hike with some pretty easy rocks to climb. Was hoping for more of a mountain view but the rocks were still nice scenery.

hiking
3 months ago

Loved this hike! Moderate difficulty but our group had 2 five year olds and 2 eight year olds and both were able to complete with few breaks. View from Chimney rock was worth the hike.

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hiking
5 months ago

Completed the loop couple days ago. We have just started hiking and this trail wasn't too difficult. The western part (from Visitor's Center to Wolf Rock and then Chimney Rock) was relatively easy. The eastern part (from Chimney Rock to park HQ) was rocky with uneven footing. I think for beginners like myself the better route is go up from Visitor's Center to Thurmont Vista then to the Rocks, and double back for easier decent.

hiking
5 months ago

saw rattlers on Wolf Rock.

hiking
6 months ago

Cool