Maryland Outdoor Club
Sun, Oct 23 2005 - Difficult Day Loop Hike at Sugarloaf Mtn (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Jeff Schneider, michael thomey
Participants:Jeff Schneider, michael thomey, Alice Chan, Jeffrey Staggs, Matthew Doyle, Chris Zhang, dzung nguyen, Kate Hicks, Lucas Fisher, Laura Pomerance

Write Up:
It was a little weird driving and gaining elevation to start a hike, but due to the limited parking at Sugarloaf, we started a bit high. It was not too high, as Sugarloaf's peak is only 1,282 ft. Sugarloaf is technically not even a mountain - according to the official website, it is a monadnock, a mountain that remains after the erosion of the surrounding land.

We immediately made a quick trip to the restrooms and then followed the blueblazes around the mountain, while taking a quick exploration of a random road. After a few miles in, we arrived at the first of many overlooks, and the wind was blowing very hard. We relaxed there and then purposely separated for a bit but got together again very soon.

At Sugarloaf's summit there were a lot of people! This is much different than some of hikes this summer to George Washington National Forest's backwoods. There were so many people at the summit, we came to the conclusion that it would not be too difficult to find a non-MOc'er to take a group photo.

After going down to the base of Sugarloaf, and then hiking around and up to our cars at Potomac Overlook, eight of us took off to Bassett's in Poolesville. A couple of us had some unspicy Thai chicken, while Lucas opted for the Pork Chops stuffed with Apples. Some folks even got fancy desserts. It was a warm and hearty meal and we shared many stories about hypothetical and real restaurants.

Thanks to everyone for coming out and I hope you had a great time!

--Jeff Schneider

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