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You are STRONGLY encouraged to read this page in its entirety before signing up. If you'd like to attend, we ask that you abide by our rules and procedures as a time/cost saving process (with an end result of keeping membership free and lower cost events).

Hike at Catoctin Mtn. Park

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Thurmont, MD
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Nov 3 2013  10:30 am
Registration Opens: Tue, Oct 29 2013 8:05 am
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Nov 2 2013 6:00 pm
Event Duration:5 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:8 Miles
Event Organizer(s):
Sarah Rusco
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:15
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 11 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Note: This is an EXPLORATORY trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, then there is an increased chance of things not going as planned, and as such, you need to be prepared for such. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.

8-Mile Loop–This loop is a combination of all of the three major loops in the park
and completes an 8.5 mile loop. Access this trail from any of these parking lots: Visitor
Center, Headquarters, Wolf Rock, Thurmont Vista, or Hog Rock. The loop makes a
complete circle back to any of these access points.

While hiking this loop visitors will experience Cunningham Falls, Hog Rock, Blue Ridge
Summit, Thurmont Vista, Wolf Rock, and Chimney Rock. This loop combines moderate
and strenuous trails for a great day of hiking.

Bring your camera, something to eat ,and stop at any of these exciting and
beautiful vistas to capture a moment, or several, that will leave a lasting impression
on your mind, body, and soul for a long time to come.

From Gravel Parking Lot across from the Visitor Center Est. Time

1.2 M to Md. 77 crossover to State Park (up and downhill) 45 minutes
0.4 M to Cunningham Falls and back across MD 77 (easy) 15 minutes
1.0 M to Hog Rock Vista (steep inclines) 35 minutes
0.4 M to Hog Rock Parking Lot (easy) 10 minutes
0.3 M to Blue Ridge Summit Vista (easy) 10 minutes
0.7 M to Thurmont Vista Parking Lot (moderate downhill) 25 minutes
0.5 M to Thurmont Vista (strenuous uphill) 25 minutes
0.9 M to Wolf Rock (moderate downhill) 25 minutes
0.5 M to Chimney Rock (moderate downhill) 20 minutes
1.1 M to HQ (moderate downhill) 40 minutes
1.0 M to VC (gentle uphill) 30 minutes
8.0 M 4:45

**Please note that this trail crosses into the boundaries of the State Park and all rules and regulations of Cunningham Falls State Park apply.

Required Items to Bring:

Weather-appropriate layered clothing
Hiking boots
Minimum 1.5 liters water
Lunch / Snack

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.




How to Get There:
Event Directions:

From Baltimore take I-70 west (or from DC take I-270 north) to US Route 15 at Frederick. From its junction with I-70, take US 15 north approximately 17 miles to Thurmont, and exit onto MD 77 west. Travel west on MD 77 for about 3 miles to Park Central Road on your right. Take this right and the Visitor Center is right there.

Visitor Center address:  14707 Park Central Rd. Thurmont, MD

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Cost Includes:

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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
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