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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.

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

2 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

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2 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

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3 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.

easy, well maintained trail that the whole family can do - there is even an option that is ADA accessible (parking along a road only w/ handicap passes & a flat boardwalk to a large observation area with benches) we went in early july and enjoyed the freshly ripened raspberries that surrounded the trail

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3 months ago

Great hike.

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3 months ago

Great hike. The has steep hills and rocky. Nice rock formations and scenic views.

Pretty easy hike. It only took me about 3.8 hours but it was worth the drive. views were cool and the waterfalls was a nice one.

Great Saturday morning hike. I wouldn’t call the loop a hard hike, maybe a medium hike.

Views weren’t great. the waterfall was nice, but wasn’t part of the extended loop

Lots of great lookouts along this trail. I would say hiking it normal and save Chimney Rock for last!

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6 months ago

Great hike. The waterfall was frozen.

nice easy trail. waterfall is completely frozen right now. still pretty but it doesn't really look like a waterfall.

Hiked this 11 mile long out-and-back trek a week before Christmas, starting from the Manor Area Visitor Center, covering both the blue trail and the yellow trail. The yellow trail between the two Bob’s Hill Overlooks and Cat Rock was very quiet. I only saw a handful of other hikers on the two uphill sections of this hike. The sunken trail leading up to Bob’s Hill was covered with fallen leaves at this time of the year. Careful with this section, particularly if you hike down this section as lose rocks may be hidden beneath leave piles.

It took me 5 hours to complete the hike, taking many stops for overlook views and for snacks along the way.

If you agree that the nearby Catoctin Mountain Extended Loop Trail (8.6 miles) should be rated as hard, then I think this Cat Rock/Bob’s Hill Out-and-back hike should also be rated as hard.

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7 months ago

somehow it was about 9.5 miles, but great fall trail!

Great hike!!! I hike trail counter clockwise. Great are views from Chimney Rock, Wolf Rock, Thurmont Vista, Blue Ridge Summit, and Hog Rock. Also, great views of Cunningham Falls.

Family hike on a rainy, cold day. Really enjoyed the views although it was overcast. Only complaint is the slippery leaves and rocks that I should have expected. I think the hard rating must be due to the elevation changes. If we did it again, I would cut out the section to the ranger station. It follows the road and is not very scenic. It was well marked with opportunities to bail back to the parking lot.

Great hike, nice views, pretty quiet on a bad weather day.

Easily one of my favorite hikes in Maryland, Catoctin Mountain is home to several different short trails, with multiple crossover points between them. Wolf and Chimney Rock are highlights, featuring great views of the valley below and boulders that make for great picnics or pictures. Trails have a few moderate difficulty climbs, but for the most part the paths are fairly easy.

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