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“Maryland's icon along I-270!”
Review of Sugarloaf Mountain

Sugarloaf Mountain
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Dickerson
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Owner description: At an elevation of 1,282 feet, Sugarloaf stands more than 800 feet above Maryland's scenic farmland below.
Reviewed July 7, 2013

Anyone who has driven along I-270 in Frederick/Montgomery County in central Maryland has probably noticed this rolling, forested monadnock. This setting is unique in many ways from it's ownership (private but open to all) to it's geographical origin. There are picnic facilities, hiking and even climbing options and an opportunity to unwind from the massive, hectic metropolitan life area just to the south. As soon as you start driving up the winding road towards the summit you will feel like you have entered a reserve.

This is also a wonderful place to view Maryland's fall foliage or a light snowfall. It really isn't far from 270; maybe 10 minutes or so and well worth a visit almost anytime.

1  Thank rewardgal
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"blue trail"
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"nice hike"
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"scenic overlooks"
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"parking area"
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"minute drive"
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"limited parking"
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"short distance"
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"small kids"
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"spectacular views"
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"rock climbing"
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"worth the trip"
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"well marked trails"
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"sunny day"
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"glass of wine"
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

This, combined with a visit to nearby Sugarloaf Winery, made for a wonderful way to spend a sunny day in May. I had to be back to the airport by mid-afternoon, so we opted to drive to the uppermost parking lot and take in the views and do a little hiking up to the summit from there (rather than parking further down the mountain and hiking longer). It was a Sunday, and the weather was beautiful so it was busy. We saw singles, couples, families with kids, and families with dogs on the trail - and all seemed happy to be there. If you want to get outdoors and see some beautiful scenery without driving too far from the District, this is a great place to go. However, if you are looking for solitude or "the road less travelled" you’ll want to look elsewhere or come back on a weekday.

The trail is well defined, but it does require some scrambling over rocks and tree roots so is not ideal for people who have mobility challenges. Having said that, the view from the top parking lot is pretty and probably would be do-able by many who have physical limitations, if you want to just park and take a peek from there.

Also, to reach the summit does require hiking uphill, and then back down. I would say people with an average fitness level or above would be most comfortable on this trail, due to the steepness and unevenness of the trail. There are other trails besides the one we went on, and I’m not sure how those compare to the one we took. I went with friends and their children (ages 4 and 6), and they loved it. It’s a free attraction, and you can bring in food and beverages (just remember to pack them out). There were portable bathrooms at the parking lot, but no other amenities. It might be a great spot from which to view fall foliage. Also, for geo-nerds, there is a National Geodesic Survey marker here.

1  Thank divinghkns
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

If you live in Montgomery Cty, Maryland, or Frederick Cty, or Washington DC, Sugarloaf Mountain is a short ride away, and a world away too. Drive or climb the mountain to get wonderful views of the countryside. And afterward, stop at the Comus Inn for a fine meal. Sugarloaf is a treasure and has been preserved so everyone can enjoy it.

Thank Nancy R
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

Hiking trails are well marked, and the views at the top of the mountain are incredible! Very clean and pet friendly! We took our boys, ages 6 and 8 and they were able to do the entire trail! It was simply lovely, and a great place to have a picnic!

1  Thank TiffanyS2
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Reviewed May 15, 2013

Most of the trails are steep and full of rocks. No concessions. No particular highlights to look for--just rocky trails in the woods.

Thank Claire M
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