Wolf Rock & Chimney Rock Trail

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Wolf Rock & Chimney Rock Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Thurmont, Maryland that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
797 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

walking

forest

views

wildlife

muddy

rocky

A rugged hike to two outstanding vistas and a fascinating rock formation in Catoctin Mountain Park This is a somewhat rugged hike to two outstanding vistas and a fascinating rock formation known as Wolf Rock, traveling through immense stands of hardwoods and abundant mountain laurel. Special considerations: With two outstanding vistas, add plenty of time to your itinerary for enjoying the views.

1 month ago

Loved this hike! It was bitterly cold but the views were worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

Challenging hike, especially with rocky trail covered with leaves. Especially beautiful view from Chimney Rock. View from Wolf Rock is not as impressive after the leaves have fallen, but probably more spectacular in early fall or spring.

hiking
3 months ago

Enjoyed the hike and especially loved the view from Chimney Rock.

3 months ago

beautiful hike, especially in fall. Chimney Rock is wonderful and everytime I've been it's not very crowded. Great trail for dogs.

hiking
3 months ago

Short hike with some great views -- definitely recommend! Be careful near Chimney/Wolf Rocks, as there are a lot of crevasses. Easy to follow, trail is well-blazed (orange)

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome trail with great views and cool geologic history. Plenty of spots for some scrambling too! Great confidence builder for new hikers like myself, with lots of crevices to jump over and rocks to climb. The trail is a challenge but the views are worth it. Only downfall is the trail is poorly marked/designated in some places.

5 months ago

Great trail run, views are limited during summer due to foliage.

5 months ago

Went upto chimney then on they way back stopped over at the wolf, part of it was hard, but saw families bring dogs and kids. I spent good 2.5 hrs there, loved it.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike!

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike!

hiking
5 months ago

1/3 of trail is along busy (loud!) road, which really takes away from the otherwise beautiful (but rocky!) trail.

hiking
5 months ago

We went clockwise. The trail starts quite steeply. Wolf rock had some good scrambling and the view form Chimney Rock was pretty. We continued clockwise down the mountain, but the last mile was just walking next to the road. If I had it to do over again, after Chimney Rock, I would just have returned the way we came.

hiking
5 months ago

Had to carry my dog in some spots- he's a mini Schnauzer- but great hike!

hiking
6 months ago

I had the misfortune of doing this in sub-freezing weather, but the counter fortune of it lightly snowing while I was on the hike. This made for some painful moments, an icy beard, beautiful views and a hike that is deeply embedded in my memory. This hike gets a little tougher at the end when you come down as it gets a bit steep, rocky, and tough to keep track of the trail. But a much recommend hike from me. Five star, five star.

hiking
6 months ago

A little strenuous, but worth the hike to see Wolf Rock & Chimney Rock. Be ready to walk on lots of rocks.

backpacking
6 months ago

Super trails in this area. Very well marked and plenty of signs so you don't get confused. Lots of parking for different trail options. Over 6 parking option pending the trails you wish to hike. Be sure to get a map of the area because there is so much to see and do here. I would recommend at least a two day trip and stay overnight to allow time to hike all the Point of Interest. I truly enjoyed the Orange Trail which has two points of interest. I am saving Thurmont Vista for the late Fall or Winter. Trees are blocking the views right now.

6 months ago

Tougher than I thought but fun trail.

7 months ago

I enjoyed it it was just another one of those trails you have to keep your eye on the path the entire time so you don't eat shit it was definitely a good hike we both got a really good workout

hiking
7 months ago

Hit the trailhead at 4:30 AM in the dark to catch the sunrise. Nice little 3 mile out and back with almost no one else there (just one other hiker at that time).

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