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Sugarloaf Mountain and Northern Peaks Trail

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Sugarloaf Mountain Natural Area

Sugarloaf Mountain and Northern Peaks Trail is a 5.9 mile heavily 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.

Length 5.9 mi Elevation gain 1,512 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Horseback riding

Nature trips

Rock climbing

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

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If you get there before 8 am the gates will be closed and you can either park right there where the gates are or go down the road to the left and park in front of the field to the left.

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Recordings (828)
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Marshall Summar
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Hiking

Lot of vertical

Lukas Klotzsche
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Hiking

A good - albeit steep at times - trail that has options to shorten or extend your time. Nice views but very crowded on the weekend (get there before 8:30). Take enough water when it's hot (little to no breeze); trail is well shaded.

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Kristin Cunningham
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Hiking

Rigorous at times, but a hell of a workout. Trail was clearly marked. Watch your step!

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Jose Dela Espada
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Lots of hills to go up. Rocky but an amazing workout. Completed 8miles yesterday.

Neera Tanden
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Hiking

Outstanding exercise. Well covered for a hot day

Dean Huott
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Hiking

Now that’s a hike

Scott Drew
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You can start from east or west parking, but I would suggest west lot. If you park in east then follow trail and do not make the first right onto white trail going down hill. Stay straight on white trail and intersect blue. You can go either way and we went counter clockwise. Trail is well marked and suggest you use their map avail at entrance. If you get there before 8 the gate closed and it is a long uphill walk to start of loop. You can take the first left at building and go to white trail up across the other exit road. It will go up to blue trail as well. About 10 miles if do that. Passed dozen groups at most and majority social distanced and or masked. Great place and great time with wife and dog.

Victoria H
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E. Flood
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Jane Kang
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HikingBugs

Fun trail! Started at the west view parking and followed the green trail to the red to the blue trail to finally start the blue line. Definitely take a map with you. A decent amount of people on the trail but most had masks at the ready which was a relief. I had a mask as well so it was nice to know people care about others! Highly recommend! The parking lot is not open until 8am. We got to go on around 7:45am which was nice!

Patrick Hynes
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Julia Vargas
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Went counterclockwise. modified the loop by walking on the road back to my car and the very end instead of climbing back up the summit just to go back down again because I was exhausted! Good workout and awesome views in a couple of places

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R HD
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Elisha Nelson
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Therese Guinane
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Hiking

Great hike with elevation but nothing too steep. We did the blue trail to the peak, it was very well marked and shaded. There were picnic tables for pack in/pack out and there is a winery next door!

Sam Thach
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Wendy W.
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Great workout. Went on a Tuesday to avoid weekend crowds. If you are a first-time visitor to Sugarloaf, be sure to pick up a paper map at the trail head and/or at the $5 donation box upon entering. The trails are well-marked, but it’s still easy to get confused as there are several trail intersections, and it’s a good back-up to your GPS.

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blue& red trail which gives good workout

Gideon Wolf
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Hiking

This was by far the best hike for elevation I've done so far in Maryland. Very well marked trails, awesome steep inclines, and some beautiful overlooks. Also everything is super convenient in terms of parking and access to the trailhead. Overall great experience, would definitely go again in the summer.

EC Dirks
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Hiking

If you want a long hike then go do the Blue trail here, but come early. get here past 10am and you'll be circling to find an open spot. This area has a handful of great overlooks and maybe 2 streams that you walk by. We just went in may and there was tree cover so it was nice and shady the whole hike. towards the end it can get confusing because they stop marking the trail for the parking lot and you could end up at the wrong one. Does get crowded on the weekends, definitely bring water. we are in pretty good shape and it was about 3 hrs long. We made a video if you want to see what it's like. https://youtu.be/nL0nGx3Ypds

Annie Tran
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This is a fun hike with some great ups and downs that'll give you a solid workout. We parked in the west view lot, which was pretty much full at 9:30 on a sunny Saturday morning (though, it emptied out by the time we finished ~12:30pm). We started on the orange trail and then followed the blue trail all the way to the North Rocks. From there we looped to the green trail, which took us to another summit, and then back to orange via the red trail. This followed the route shown on the AllTrails map. FYI, there are some lovely picnic tables at the trailhead, which would've been a great place to eat afterwards had we packed lunch.

Steven Berkowit
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Hiking

The five mile Blue Loop with a climb at the end on the green trail to the summit makes for a wonderful mid-morning hike. We drove to the West View parking lot. You will pass the East View and Potomac View parking lots on your way to the West View parking lot. There was plenty of parking available is all three upper mountain lots. The climb to the summit on the green trail is strenuous but manageable. It was a great way to get out of the house for some recreation. The hills are moderate but will get your heart pumping. The $5 donation is well worth it as the trail was in excellent condition. Enjoy.

Suzanna Boyd
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This place was great. The trails were really well maintained and relatively easy to follow. All of the trails that we tried (red, yellow, green, purple, blue and white) were easy to follow, but they all had parts that were very steep and very rocky. The only improvement that they really need to make is the signs for parking. Our GPS took us up the wrong side of the mountain and we saw many, many other people make this same mistake. They should just eliminate the parking at the bottom and direct people to the upper parking lots. If you park at the bottom, any trail will be significantly longer and it is all uphill.

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