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It was great! Highly recommend

The hike in this trail was amazing. We started with a warm up through the Park Headquarter / Orange Trail, then climbed up to the Wolf Rock, Thurmont Vista and Chimney Rock, the view from Thurmont Vista and Chimney Rock is breathtaking.

Wonderful hike even on a foggy day, you miss some of the views but it’s an enchanting feel.

I'm docking a star only because one cannot truly summit this mountain since Camp David sits atop the peak. The trails for the most part are easy to follow. I tend to go counter-clockwise so I can save Cunningham Falls as a treat at the end. The large switchback on the White Trail is a bit tricky. Keep an eye out for the trail markers otherwise you will go a bit on a false trail that will disappear after about 1,000ft. Views from the overlooks are great. If you have the time, take the side trail, which is basically a pure scramble, to Wolf Rock for a proper view of it.

on Cat Rock

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is deceptively easy at the beginning but is quite challenging for beginners in the last 1/4 of the trail prior to Cat Rock. I loved it!

This hike was a lot of fun and had its challenges! The Catoctin Mountain Extension trail is actually a combination of trails that loop around a majority of park. If you want more of a challenge, definitely go counterclockwise (starting with Chimney Rock). If you have any questions, the park employees are very friendly! Only gave it 4 stars because of the views aren’t to die for, but still very beautiful overall.

Nice short hike through the woods to the falls. Can get pretty crowded and you are close enough to the road to hear car traffic the whole way. A lot of people jump off the boardwalk to climb up the falls.

The loop provided a decent workout without wiping me out. The falls trail was a little misleading though. The falls are not actually on the trail. You have to deviate from the loop, cross a road with traffic going by, and then continue on the boardwalk. There is a sign saying you are no longer on the trail. You can get better views from the boardwalk that leads straight from the parking lot. There are signs stating that people should keep off the natural area of the falls yet there were dozens of people climbing the rocks and fallen trees beyond the boardwalk. To get back to the Hog trail, you have to turn around and cross the road again. There are two overlooks with ok views. Some of the downhill parts of the trail were gravel which actually seems more dangerous than plain dirt, especially if it's slippery.

Well marked and wide open trails with several nice inclines. Saw our first rattlesnake on the rocks at Wolf Rock. Great hike our gps logged this at 5.2 miles.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice, easy trail. Saw a whitetail and the falls were pretty!

Nice hike! First half mile uphill gets the heart pumping. Saw a rattlesnake on Wolf Rock, lots of up, but nice and flat along the ridge.

Not a big fan of this one. This felt like a long walk in the woods. The woods are beautiful, but there is no “real” overlook. I did not get the sense of a “summit”. Lastly, Cunningham Falls was a little disappointing. I expected more. Plus, the fact that the falls is not technically part of the hike(it has its own parking lot) took away some of the experience to me.

Great Trail! I did it counter-clockwise. Strongly recommend getting there early if you’re going on Sat or Sun as the lot can fill up quickly. The trails are well marked, so the risk of getting lost is low. Sections of the trail can be wet if there has been recent rain, but very little mud.

Fantastic trail! Well marked and challenging but worth the views.

Good time to go in summer especially after the rains when the fall has good amount of running water. Had a great time climbing the rocks along the fall. I wouldn’t say it is an ‘easy’ hike but a moderate to hard one. You can also sit by the river which is near the parking lot and enjoy a picnic. Will definitely go again.

It was good not that great. but you will have couple of good views up there. for me its good experience because i climbed rock which is little bit challenging.

hiking
3 months ago

We really enjoyed this hike. With the easy rating, we expected it to be flat but were pleasantly surprised by the inclines.

The first 1.2 miles are uphill and moderate to hard steep. Only water source is .5 mile up the trail so bring 2 liters of water to be safe. When rock scrambling up to Cat Rock be very careful if there is any moisture. Rocks will be slick as ice.
Once heading leaving Cat Rock you'll climb another 200ft or so and then mostly flat. Once getting to Bob's Hill be VERY CAREFUL OF A RATTLE SNAKE ! Saw a 4ft rattler sun bathing on the overlook to the right. I've lived in there area my whole life and have never seen a rattle snake in the woods and I have spent a ton of time out here. Enjoy your hike !

Great hike! Cooler than staying in DC! Lots of boulders to climb!

so I've only been hiking since March 2018. I did Bob's hill only from the William houck parking lot.

It's about 1.8 miles straight up! being a beginner this was a tough trail. for 9 tenths of the mile you go up up up and when you get to almost a mile it levels out for a second then you climb for about 2 tenths of a mile more til your legs wanna fall off and it levels out for a bit. how ever your still on an incline. when you get to the last 2 tenths of a mile it's straight up again.

bring plenty if water and perhaps a protein bar.

When you reach Bob's hill you can go left or right to see the views which make this climb well worth the struggle.

two things...i did come across a snake on the south side. almost stepped on it! could of been a corn snake or copperhead. I didn't wanna find out.

secondly take care coming down if you don't continue to cat rock. with all the rain the trail is very slippery and I slid down the log timber "steps" at the beginning of the decent and got a nice bruise not only on my back but my ego as well.

someone advised me to take a walking stick. it helps if you come across a snake. I was the only one on this trail.

Probably one of the best hikes for the area!! Crossing the road to get to the falls was a little precarious and some of the trail has stretches that run alongside the road unfortunately. It did have some fun challenges though and wolf rock was pretty cool to see! Definitely recommend doing it counterclockwise. I did also catch a woodpecker in action!!

only did 8 miles to Bob's hill and back . nice hike with doggos

5 months ago

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first time hiker. Bob's hill was tough but pretty proud that I did it. won't be my last trip

Very nice people helping us get to know trials

hiking
5 months ago

I highly suggest to arrive early if you want to park where the AllTrails app takes you and park near the visitor's center. We got there around 9am on a Saturday and both lots were full. Fortunately, the park posted signs along the road that additional parking was available 1/2 mile up the road. The overflow parking brought us right to the trailhead. The trails are well marked and we took the trail to the vista counter clock wise. It was a bit more challenging going this route but definitely in the lower moderate scale for difficulty. The trail was heavily traffic today but well worth the trek.

Great hike. Nice views from Bob's Hill

hiking
5 months ago

Expected it to be more flat but had a good time.

Was 100% worth my time. You’re going to be hiking up at a steep angle immediately, which I appreciate. It also gets moderately wet on the way up. Cat Rock is fun to climb and Bob’s Hill has two amazing views.

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