Sugarloaf Mountain and Northern Peaks Trail

MODERATE 392 reviews

Sugarloaf Mountain and Northern Peaks Trail is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Dickerson, Maryland that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,512 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

hiking
9 days ago

beautiful hike that is easy to moderate with beautiful and rewarding views

hiking
rocky
scramble
17 days ago

1 month ago

Accidentally took the blue trail and 6 miles became 11. Still a great hike on a well marked trail.

1 month ago

blue/white trail is moderately challenging. very well marked. beautiful views, even in winter.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike and nice views mountain tops.

hiking
2 months ago

Took the Orange trail up to the summit. My sister and I found it kinda difficult but we only go hiking once a month or so. Great views once your up there. Took the white and blue trail down and did a couple miles. White and blue were not hard. All the trails are very well marked!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike. Enjoyed the view at White Rocks more than Sugarloaf!

hiking
3 months ago

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!

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

Hike will test a bit. Limited views of the valley below. Definitely recommend avoiding the weekend crowds.

hiking
4 months ago

This was a perfect hike very close to Washington DC. A privately owned mountain is very well kept. As you arrive turn up the one way road and head to the the west view parking lot which is ample. There you will find the trail head going west at the circle to the east up the hill to the left. We chose the start going west and found the hike well marked and very rocky. The almost 6 mile hike with a stop at white rock overlook took us less than 3 hours but at times with some changes in elevations but nothing difficult. Great hike!

hiking
5 months ago

Nice variety of trail loops with same great views.

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

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.

6 months ago

Beautiful nature but poorly marked blazes on parts of the blue trail. At one point we may not have been on the trail at all as the path was very overgrown and narrow on the east side of the mountain.

hiking
6 months ago

Good level of challenging, some steep parts but such a well made path it was no problem. Ample parking (with video security), free (with donations recommended), great views and different path options. Overall great hike!

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike. Fairly easy, but White Rocks( north and south) has scenic views. I will agree some of the markings(blazes) were difficult to see. My wife and I did lose the trail at one point. However, given this property is part of a foundation, I am very thankful we have access to it. Worth the hike.

hiking
6 months ago

The blue trail is beautiful and rugged. It is poorly marked in one spot. We took the wrong path and had to back track. We came across a Timber Rattlesnake on the trail.

hiking
7 months ago

The Blue Trail was an enjoyable but challenging walk in the woods. I found myself going up and down a lot. The trail markings were a bit confusing at first and it can be pretty easy to go off the trail if you're not careful. It wasn't too hot considering it was mid July when I did this. I had fun spotting all the different granite intrusions in the rocks. The summit at White Rocks was breathtaking.

7 months ago

Park is beautiful but the lack of adequate blazes and trail markers sadly makes me rate this loop 2 stars.

hiking
7 months ago

the trails get poorly marked as you go further in. we completely missed a turn off for the blue trail and wasted a lot of time. it was disappointing not being able to do the full loop as originally planned. we might try another day

7 months ago

A great way to escape Maryland's liberal bullshit.

walking
7 months ago

Great hike with great views! Pick up map when you enter park. Orange trail is steep, but short (0.25 mile), climb to summit of Sugarloaf at 1,282 ft elevation. (Climb from parking lot is around 400 feet.) Many surrounding trails allow you to customize your hike and length. I did this trail as mapped out to Northern Peak and White Rocks. Most of the hike, except for the steep Orange Trail climb, is easy. Beautiful Mountain Laurel on the trail, nice scenery around, mostly shaded. Would definitely do this hike again!

8 months ago

Quick and easy hike with beautiful views. Went two Friday afternoons ago and the parking lot was almost empty.

8 months ago

Great hike for hikers seeking a drastic elevation climb.

hiking
8 months ago

Hiked this trail on a Thursday. Not very heavily trafficked. A few other hikers and two runners. The view at White Rocks is nice and the view near our parking area was amazing. Nice area and well maintained trail.

hiking
9 months ago

About halfway through this hike I was saying it should have been rated easy... by the end I was completely exhausted! I am training for a backpacking trip so I did this hike with a 25-30 pound backpack on which made the incline portions pretty difficult. It was great practice and a beautiful hike. Towards the end we came across a parking lot and thought we were at the end but it was not the west view parking lot and that made the last mile or so much harder. We also got off the trail a couple of times but always found our way back without too much trouble. We went on a beautiful spring day and there weren't too many people on the trail.

9 months ago

We started in the East View parking lot and went up the orange trail to see the peak of sugar loaf (steep, but quick) from there we made our way to the blue trail to go out to White Rocks look out (somehow got sidetracked off the blue trail for awhile...). Then we continued on the blue (then white) trail to get back to the parking lot. Nice and steady up and down, so never felt too strenuous. Arrived around 9:30 and wasn’t too crowded; by the time we were leaving (1:30) it was quite crowded. If we go again we might start down at the entrance gate in order to have more of an elevation climb.

9 months ago

Super crowded. Nice hike but way too many people there.

hiking
10 months ago

This trail loop does not ease up at end so get ready for some serious hike. Initial climb onto top via orange trail is tough but its short so if you have some endurance its no problem. Rest of hike through the blue trail is fairly easy until the end of blue trail . Then you hit the green trail and start climbing to top again when your legs are starting to feel it..

Agree with others on view - its nice but not spectacular as Maryland Height Harper's Ferry hike. Also agree regarding trail markings.. its there but you at some junctions its confusing and could be better. Some part of blue trail uses dark blue paint markings while other part uses light blue markings.. it can be confusing but dark and light blue markings on trees denote the same blue trail.

Great work out and overall, i'd say its on strenuous side of moderate if you follow the trail map given here. Took 2 hr 40 minutes on nice partly sunny day.

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