This is a challenging hike, due to some large hills and rough terrain. Dogs are allowed, but we would not walk them on this particular hike. Trying to control a leashed pet on the Orange or Green Trail would be very difficult. The White and Blue Trail portions of this hike are more appropriate for a dog walk. However, note that we have not hiked all portions of the Blue and White Trails and therefore cannot comment on the portions not part of this hike. You begin on the Orange Trail, a steep uphill climb on a rocky path. The Green Trail portion of the hike is largely downhill and can be tricky when the ground is wet or icy. See the images below to get an idea what you are in for. Further instructions regarding this hike are provided with the trail map provided with this article. The park closes one hour before dark. Watch the time so that you do not get trapped on the mountain. The park website warns that copperhead and timber rattlesnakes live in the park. Keep an eye out for these poisonous snakes. Mountain biking is allowed on the yellow trail. See the park map. As always check the park website before visiting to check out potential safety warnings and other park news. When you are done with your hike, reward yourself with a glass of wine at the nearby Sugarloaf Winery. The vineyard received the Washington Post Express' "Best of 2012: Vineyard." Visit the Sugarloaf Vineyard Website for details.
Sugarloaf Mountain is a privately-owned, but free park located about 35 miles north of the District. The small mountain was considered by Franklin Delano Roosevelt as a site for a presidential retreat. However, he was urged by the mountain's owner businessman Gordon Strong to choose a site on the nearby Catoctin Mountain. The president's loss is your gain as Sugarloaf Mountain provides nice views and offers a challenging, tree-covered hike.
Any of the Views are good spots for photos. In our opinion, the East View is the best.
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Enter the park through the main entrance. The road will take you to the East View parking lot, where this hike begins.
What to Bring:
Bring water and snacks, there is no place to purchase either on the park grounds. Pack a picnic and sit at one of the tables located adjacent to the East View parking lot (see image below). Don't forget bug spray.
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