Sugarloaf Mountain and Northern Peaks Trail is a 6.1 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.
dogs on leash
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I really enjoyed this hike, however, some of the trees were not clearly marked. For instance, we decided to go counterclockwise on the trail. We missed the "green" trail because it was not marked. From the review below, I didn't realize it was private property which is why some of the trees weren't marked. The trail however was a wonderful experience. It was not heavily trafficked which was surprising because of all the cars that are around. Though the trail is so long there are periods where no one is around. The overlooks were beautiful and peaceful. Would do this hike again!
Sugar loaf is a special place but I only gave this three stars for a couple of reasons. This is private property open to the public so the trails aren't as well marked as they are in government parks. Also be warned because of the geology of the mountain this hike is home to many snakes- including copperheads and mountain rattlers. In fact my kids and I ran into a baby copper head on the beginning of the white trail that was heavily trafficked just today. On the flip side - the rocky nature of this monadnock makes it a beautiful hike with unique geological features.
Really good trails for basic climbing. Beautiful overlooks.
one Of my favorite places to hike and get some sole meditation in. Great day out with my honey and pups! Lovely views. Get there early for parking. pack a lunch and plan the whole day! Picnic areas to sit and relax once done with a glorious hike!
Trails need refresh on the markings especially at the top where multiple trails begin, end or cross. Marking only for in-bound hikers leaves out-bound hikers guessing.
Also some trails need some trail stabilization as erosion is eating away at the joy of future hikers.
This was an enjoyable hike. We followed the map provided by the site and started at marker B1 (blue trail). It's good that we did since to start at marker B8-10 would have been tough since on that end it's all uphill. There is only notable scenic viewpoint. The trail is fairly rocky in places. We went on a Saturday and this trail didn't have a lot of people hiking it.
It's an easy breezy hike & great for the beginners :)