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Sugarloaf Summit

Easy/Intermediate

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1.1 mile 1.8 kilometer loop
76% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 290' 88 m
Descent: -291' -89 m
High: 1,258' 383 m
Low: 967' 295 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)

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The quicker loop from the West View parking lot to the summit and around the backside.

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Open year-round, sunrise to sunset.

Overview

This short and sweet loop uses the stair climb on the Green Trail (A.M. Thomas Trail) to the beautiful viewpoint from the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain before continuing north on the Red Trail (Monadnock Trail) to return on the Blue Trail (Northern Peaks Trail).

Need to Know

Entrance gates are closed during off-hours so plan accordingly if you've parked within the property. Trails are open to equestrians. Sections can be fairly rocky and require careful footing - trekking poles or high-ankle boots may be helpful.

Description

For visitors short on time or looking for a bang-for-your-buck loop, this run is your best bet without simply doing an out-and-back on the Green Trail (A.M. Thomas Trail).

From the West View parking area, head east to the Green Trail (A.M. Thomas Trail) and begin the stair climb. After 0.3 miles, you'll arrive at the base of the summit where you have the option of scrambling around the craggy summit to find your favorite vista.

After getting your fill of the view, head back to the trail and continue northeast (left) onto the Red Trail (Monadnock Trail), passing the Orange Trail (Sunrise Trail) to your right (southeast). The Red Trail (Monadnock Trail) bends around the northern slope of Sugarloaf for another few hundred yards before ending at the Blue Trail (Northern Peaks Trail). Turn left (west) to follow the blue blazes back to the West View parking area.

Flora & Fauna

Oak, tulip poplar, eastern hemlock, deer, fox, rabbits, raccoons, owls, turkeys, hawks, songbirds. Be cautious of copperheads and timber rattlesnakes.

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Land Manager: Stronghold, Inc.

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Photos

The summit of Sugarloaf Mountain offers spectacular views of rural Maryland.
Jan 17, 2017 near Urbana, MD
Blue Trail headed south
Oct 24, 2019 near Urbana, MD
Sugarloaf Mtn Saturday
Nov 6, 2019 near Urbana, MD
White-breasted Nuthatch
Nov 6, 2019 near Urbana, MD
Sugarloaf Mountain Trail
Nov 6, 2019 near Urbana, MD
Sugarloaf Mountain Marker
Nov 6, 2019 near Urbana, MD

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