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Catoctin Mountain Loop Hike
|Event Location:||Thurmont, MD|
|Date(s) & Time:||Sat, Nov 21 2009 10:00 am (Carpool Departure: 9:00 am *log in for location*)|
|Registration Opens:||Wed, Nov 4 2009 12:00 am|
|Registration Cut Off:||Wed, Nov 18 2009 12:59 pm|
|Event Duration:||About 5 hours|
|Difficulty Rating:||D3: Moderate|
|Event Organizer(s):||Colin Babb|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 18 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||19|
|Minimum Group Size:||8|
|Number Registered So Far:||17 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||Yes|
|This is a spot so scenic and secluded, FDR chose it for his
"Shangri-La" in the 1940s as his retreat from the hustle and
bustle of Washington. Today's nearby Camp David doesn't
appear on maps, but Catoctin Mountain Park does. We will
hike about 8.5 miles in a loop trail that has several overlooks
with spectacular views of north-central
The trail starts at about 900 feet elevation at the visitor's center and goes up to a maximum of about 1600 feet, so be prepared for some steep trails. On the way up the mountain, we'll go by scenic Cunningham Falls. About midway through, we'll have lunch at Thurmont Vista at 1500 feet, before going on to Wolf Rock and Chimney Rock and then heading back to the visitor's center.
|How to Get There:|
|Event Directions:||From Washington: Take the George Washington Memorial
Parkway north to I-495 beltway to I-270 north 27 miles to
Frederick, MD. Take Route 15 17 miles north to Thurmont,
MD. Take Route 77 West, the exit sign is marked Catoctin
Mountain Park. Travel approximately 3 miles west on 77 and
turn right onto Park Central Road. The Visitor Center is on the
From Baltimore: Take I-695 beltway to I-70 West to Frederick, MD. Take Route 15 North to Thurmont, MD, then follow directions above.
|Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):||0Mile(s)|
|Carpool Departure Time:||9:00 am|
|Carpool Location:||Log in for location|
|Carpool Directions:||Log in for directions|
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