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Chimney Rock via Thurmont Vista and Wolf Rock

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Catoctin Mountain Park

Chimney Rock via Thurmont Vista and Wolf Rock is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Thurmont, Maryland that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.7 mi Elevation gain 623 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest Views Wildlife
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The trail is beautiful and hits two great points of interest on the way to Chimney Rock, but definitely falls on the easier side of moderate and is one of the shorter routes in Catocin park. Those looking for a challenge should check out other trail routes, but anyone looking to pack a lot of great trail features into a shorter distance will love it.

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Monica Koepper
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really cool views and lots of variety of terrain

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Francis Shillingford
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Barry Harris
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I have never seen so many people on any hiking trail i have ever done.

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C H
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Emma Burdette
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VERY busy. To be expected on a federal Monday

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Joju Sebastian
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Weather was great. The hike is bit a rough due to rocky climbing. Some snacks and water is a must in summer. The view from Chimney Rock is spectacular.

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Kate L.
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Nice shorter hike, would call moderate with some of the inclines. Came from Thurmont Vista Parking lot and wasn’t too busy but busier as we went along as it was a Saturday. When we got to Chimney rock it was crowded, perhaps folks coming up from the headquarters or visitor center. Still nice views at chimney rock and exploration of wolf rock was cool (though be careful around the crevasses). Be prepared to share them though. Solitude better found near Owens Creek Campground although without views.

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Jasmineprincesspony .
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Jamie Yaniga
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Forgot to track chimney rock portion but nice hike. Great weather today. We climbed on chimney rock and the crevices at wolf rock were cool as wel

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eric christ
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Allison Gunn
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We went Thurmont to Wolf Rock to Chimney Rock and back out today (pink and orange blazes). I wouldn't categorize the trail as "easy" for those not accustomed to hiking or those who have mobility issues (and NPS categorizes it as one of their strenuous hikes, though I wouldn't go that far either). There are definitely portions where the incline is steep, though much of the trail is nice and even. It's definitely not a difficult challenge for experienced hikers, but very pleasant! If you want to explore Wolf Rock and Chimney Rock, make sure you have shoes with good tred. The crevices are extremely deep and folks who are uncomfortable with rock scrambles may not want to venture far out across them. Overall, it's a lovely hike that probably runs about 2 hrs in and out for most folks. The views will also be better from late fall to early spring when the foliage is less dense. As with every trail in Catoctin, make sure you check with the visitor center beforehand to see if the trail is open. Since Camp David is in the park, many trails/roads close on short notice.

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James Lott
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The trail is beautiful and hits two great points of interest on the way to Chimney Rock, but definitely falls on the easier side of moderate and is one of the shorter routes in Catoctin park. Those looking for a challenge should check out other trail routes, but anyone looking to pack a lot of great trail features into a shorter distance will love it.

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Diana Bardes
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Ashley Saffold
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Casey Campbell
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Venkata Madduri
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Brett Harris
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Robert Emmett
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Yingyhike Hu
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Joanne Sechrest
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Joe Lisi
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Christine Trumbull
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Brian L
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Prab Ravindran
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Bill Jones
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Sung Cadd
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Jun Li
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