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Sugarloaf Mountain

C I RCU I T H I K ES

B L U E ( B) Northern Peaks Trail

Starts at West View parking 5 miles of nice scenery and hiking.

STRONGHOLD INCORPORATED

7901 Comus Road, Dickerson, MD 20842 www.sugarloafmd.com 301-874-2024 301-869-7846

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Alternate route to White Rocks. By itself, 1.5 miles. As an alternate to Blue, adds 1/2 mile to total distance.

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A 2 1/2 mile loop around the summit. Add to the Northern Peaks Trail for 7 miles.

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A 7 mile loop around the base of the mountain. Open to horses and hikers year round. Open to bicycles Memorial Day through Labor Day. See other side for detailed map of summit area.

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Signpost locations and numbers. Placed at about 1/2 mile intervals on the Blue, Yellow and Purple trails.

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2009 Cartography by Diana Todd [email protected]

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Sugarloaf Mountain

STRONGHOLD INCORPORATED

Sugarloaf Mountain, a conservation/recreation area, is privately owned and managed by Stronghold, Inc. Visitors are invited to participate in the wide variety of outdoor recreation pursuits that include hiking, horseback riding, picnicking and nature study. The mountain is open every day of the year from sunrise to sunset. Darkness can come quickly on the mountain, so all visitors should arrange to be off the property by sunset. Please remember, all natural features are protected. Do not pick plants, disturb wildlife, or remove rocks. Dogs must be on a leash at all times. Fires and overnight camping are strictly prohibited. Alcohol is not permitted. Carry a cell phone if possible. NATURAL HISTORY 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. At an elevation of 1282 feet, Sugarloaf stands more than 800 feet above the farmland below. 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 include a variety of wildflowers, many of which can be found blooming during the warm weather months. Whitetail 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 rattlesnake and the copperhead. LOOK! BUT DO NOT TOUCH!!

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Summit Area Trails

GREEN A.M. Thomas Trail

A 1/4 mile improved trail to the summit. The stone steps were built by Mr. Thomas, Stronghold's first superintendent.

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ORANGE The Sunrise Trail

A steep 1/4 mile to the top.

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Multipurpose trail. Spur trail. Connects point of interest to nearby trail.

RED The Monadnock Trail

Leaves the Northern Peaks (Blue) trail for a 1/4 mile hike to the summit.

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