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Sugarloaf Mountain


The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: 7901 Comus Road, Dickerson, MD 20842
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Feb 1 2014  10:00 am  (Carpool Departure: 9:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Jan 2 2014 3:27 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jan 31 2014 3:00 pm
Event Duration:4 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:7 Miles
Pace:Moderate
Event Organizer(s):
Gail Davidson
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 5 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes

Itinerary:

http://www.sugarloafmd.com/images/maps/102709_trailmap.pdf

We'll hike along the blue, purple, and white trails.  Total distance about 7 miles.  The terrain is mostly easy but there are a few steep hills thown in.  If there is snow on the ground, the hike is still on but I'll be testing out my new snowshoes and probably shorten the distance.  Here's hoping for SNOW!!!

There's a winery right near the mountain on Comus we can visit after the hike.

 

Here's a description of the area off the Stronghold website

Elevation: 1,282 ft.
Vertical: 
800 ft.

Geologically, Sugarloaf is known as a monadnock, a mountain that remains after the erosion of the surrounding land. Here, that process took approximately 14 million years. The rugged cliffs on the summit are composed primarily of quartzite, the predominant type of rock on the mountain.

The dominant tree species on Sugarloaf are the oaks of both red and white groups. These trees are being threatened by oak decline, a result of several factors of which the introduced gypsy moth is a part. Other trees include black gum, tulip poplar, black birch and eastern hemlock. The more than 500 species of plants here include a variety of wildflowers, many of which can be found blooming during the warm weather months.

White tailed deer are abundant on and around the mountain. Other mammals include flying squirrel, red fox, eastern cottontail and raccoon. The forest birds include the great horned owl, pileated woodpecker, wild turkey and red shouldered hawk. During the spring and fall, many migratory species of songbirds can be found.

PLEASE be aware that this is the habitat of the timber rattlesnakeand the copperhead. LOOK! BUT DO NOT TOUCH!


Required Items to Bring:

water, snacks

dress in appropriate layers for the weather

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

sturdy shoes, preferably hiking boots.  It'll get a little rough on your feet with just tennies.


How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Go North on Route I-270 to the Hyattstown exit, circle under I-270 and continue on Route 109 to Comus, then right on Comus Road to the Sugarloaf Mountain entrance.

 

Because we might be arriving separately, we'll first meet up at the bottom of the mountain parking lot and then drive up to whatever parking lot can accomodate all the cars and park together.  

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):100Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 9:00 am
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $40.00 (calculated at total miles (100) * $0.400, effective Saturday, February 16, 2019). This is based on the current gas, maintenance, and other costs of $0.400 per mile as stated by the IRS & Cars.com. This should be divided by the total number of people in the vehicle (incl driver).
For example: With 4 people in the vehicle, the expense per person on this trip would be $10.00. Alternately your carpool driver may choose to split the maintenance cost plus the actual gas cost among all in the vehicle. Your carpool driver will confirm exactly how much money they require to cover costs. Please split the actual cost among all people in the vehicle.

Additional advice: The cost of your trip is up to your driver. Your cost should not be greater than what is listed above, unless there is extenuating circumstances. If you want to be sure about the cost of the trip, check with your driver before you get into the vehicle. If you are the driver of the vehicle, this is a guideline to what you charge and not a rule.

Notes:
- We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines at all times while participating in MOC events.
- Details of this event are subject to undergo a change at any point in time, with or without warning.
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