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Note: The reviewers that say this hike is easy are probably pretty strong hikers. This hike is not easy if you are not one. That said, it's easy for me.

BUT two good comparison hikes are on Maryland heights. If you struggle to do the lower Maryland heights trail, don't attempt this. The same goes for the upper Maryland heights trail. However if you have a little or no trouble with upper Maryland heights then you can probably do this one but it will be a challenge.

It was brutally cold today for this time of year with a very strong wind.
Lots of people on the trail today that probably shouldn't be. They were either inadequately dressed or struggling to go up the mountain.

Please make sure you know your limits.

This is a moderate hike. I started at Millrace Trail ( Yellow) to ascend up the mountain at the beginning. It does appear someone has marked the trees again so even though the trail may disappear at times you can follow the marks to make it through. Overall a good hike with a nice view on top.

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11 days ago

Nice trail, heavy rains left a stream to cross. Lots of rocks to walk on.

This hike was hilly and rocky, but enjoyable. Watch out for snakes

The hike itself was fairly easy, and the fall foliage was beautiful. However it was difficult to tell which colored markers to follow in order to stay on the Loudoun heights trail and there weren’t many good view points on the trail itself.

Good hiking boots are a must, there are plenty of rocks that were hidden among the fallen leaves. And the leaves were very slippery on the way down due to the recent rain.

Beautiful views on the blue trail! We got a little turned around at the white rock viewpoint but eventually found our way back to the trail. Would definitely hike this trail again!

A pretty casual hike. A bit busy sometimes. Kids loved it.

We walked counter-clockwise from the visitors center and saw the falls first, then hog rock, and then we turned south on the yellow trail before reaching thurmont. We had a 2 and 3 yr old with us and were taking our time. We recorded 5.7 mi on the yellow loop. It was a very nice hike with beautiful views and fall colors.

It is a great trail, nice and peaceful.

had a fun day with some brisk walking around 10+miles (we did a little extra walking here and there) in around five hours!

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20 days ago

Beautiful park and scenery!

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25 days ago

Nice moderate hike with great views at the top!

Doing this counterclockwise is the best suggestion. But, don't tell anyone that isn't on AllTrails! Good, challenging hike. We did this in 6.7 miles / 3hr 43min because we did a few side excursions. Highly recommended.

The hike in this trail was amazing. We started with a warm up through the Park Headquarter / Orange Trail, then climbed up to the Wolf Rock, Thurmont Vista and Chimney Rock, the view from Thurmont Vista and Chimney Rock is breathtaking.

Very nice hike and a lot less crowded than the Maryland trail. Very nice hike and great views from split rock overlook. Would definitely recommend.

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1 month ago

We hiked the blue trail and it was a lovely hike!

I expected a bit of a view from the summit but you can’t really see anything except trees. Regardless, it was a still a pleasant hike and it wasn’t too difficult. Trail was moderately rocky on the uphill sections.

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1 month ago

going clockwise is the better route. use yellow blaze up to blue blaze at tuscarora. Can lose trail at shckeys knob. Grateful All Trails has location feature to show you your position relative to the trail. Tuscarora trail poorly maintained and poorly marked. Again you can lose your bearings but the app was good. Only negative was the app kept freezing up.

Wonderful hike even on a foggy day, you miss some of the views but it’s an enchanting feel.

My family loves this trail for a quick workout and great scenery and views. The trial has a moderate climb in the beginning and flattens out near the top. Wonderful sights of water, and forests with a spectacular view of the valley and of the river of rocks below the outlook.

Absolutely gorgeous! Landscape changes abound. A great hike when you’ve been stuck inside for way too long.

I'm docking a star only because one cannot truly summit this mountain since Camp David sits atop the peak. The trails for the most part are easy to follow. I tend to go counter-clockwise so I can save Cunningham Falls as a treat at the end. The large switchback on the White Trail is a bit tricky. Keep an eye out for the trail markers otherwise you will go a bit on a false trail that will disappear after about 1,000ft. Views from the overlooks are great. If you have the time, take the side trail, which is basically a pure scramble, to Wolf Rock for a proper view of it.

Fun hike. Ran into a few deers on the way.

Nice variety of trail loops with same great views.

nicest place we have stayed so far on MD AT. peaceful and quiet. Best spring too.

Fun but definitely very rocky!

Good trail, good view. But too many mosquitoes, and the markers are inapparent and confusing.

This hike was a lot of fun and had its challenges! The Catoctin Mountain Extension trail is actually a combination of trails that loop around a majority of park. If you want more of a challenge, definitely go counterclockwise (starting with Chimney Rock). If you have any questions, the park employees are very friendly! Only gave it 4 stars because of the views aren’t to die for, but still very beautiful overall.

Not bad. If you go clockwise you ascend to a ridge line and then the hike turns into a easy stroll along a flat ORV trail until you turn left again and descend back down to the parking area.

very nice trail, ample parking to be had. went on a sunday morning and the main area/main overlook was PACKED. if you want some time to yourself and pictures i suggest going off weekend. once you get out of the main overlook the trails are good and much less congested. the two overlooks in the back had no one there and i was able to eat lunch solo. sugarloaf also gets points for trail markers along the trails not just at the crossroads. that was a nice touch.

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