Sugarloaf Mountain Trail

HARD 47 reviews

Sugarloaf Mountain Trail is a 2.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Albemarle, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
606 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

old growth

Directions from Albemarle, NC: Travel six miles east of Albemarle on NC 740. Turn right (east) onto Morrow Mountain Road and take it into the park. Travel past the park gate and the park residences and you will see horse trailer parking on your right. Sugarloaf Mountain Trail begins from the parking area.

hiking
17 days ago

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hiking
1 month ago

Because of the number of trees down this is not just a hard trail, but a slightly dangerous trail due to some re-routings and having to navigate many obstacles on some very steep slopes. Saying that, it was great fun for us as we quite like that sort of thing. Not a suitable trail for children or dogs though at this time I would say. Nice views through the trees. Saw a chipmunk and some squirrels.

hiking
1 month ago

Not actually that difficult-- I'd say it's more moderate than strenuous. However, the trail is a mess. There are multiple large trees down across the trail, including one down length-wise on the trail, requiring you to scramble up the side of the mountain and down around it. No views, no reward at the top. Not a great trail.

1 month ago

Hiked on Monday. Underestimated the trail, very tough for beginners, but we did not turn back. Go clockwise for the less steep accent, counter to make it tough.

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked this and will continue to hike this in preparation for the Black Mountain Crest Trail. It's quite a nice trail. The south slope offers steep trails and a few obstacles. I look forward to hitting it again this week.

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4 months ago

took my daughter and puppy up. nice hike, steep in places. the south side is steeper than the north side. nice view of Lake Tillery, could see my neighborhood across the lake.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trail to get your heart rate up. Not too much to look at . Over look was decent of Bayden Lake.

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hiking
7 months ago

This was a great hike. The trail is well marked and clean. It merges with a couple other trails in a few places, but is marked well. The trek up the mountain is challenging, and footing is not always great, but I wouldn't change a thing. The view of the lake from the top is really nice. Great spot for a picnic or to soak up the view.
Didn't see any other hikers except around the parking area and where the trail merges with the easier trails.

hiking
7 months ago

One of the two toughest trails on Morrow Mountain, Sugarloaf is a 2.75 mile loop with orange blazes. Starting from the horse parking area, the hiking trail starts near the road, and the north section is a more gradual incline to the top, as from the parking lot, this part of the hike is mostly uphill. Taking the longer southern route connects with several other trails and starts downhill and then has a very steep uphill section. Best to hike this in late fall, winter or early spring when the leaves are off the trees so you can see Lake Tillery and surrounding peaks. This trail also connects to the Morrow Mountain trail to the top. Demanding and a good workout, this loop is a pretty good hike.