When I moved to Maryland, I was amazed at how many parks there are. I love to escape to the woods where you hear nothing but birds chirping. It's so peaceful! Over the next several weeks, I'll be sharing my favorite spots for hiking, biking and adventure. First up is one of my favorite spots: Sugarloaf Mountain in the town of Dickerson. So, keep your hands and arms inside the car as we take a tour of this historic mountain.
Seriously, I just love it here. Even the drive up the mountain to the parking area is so cool! It totally reminds me of home and makes me happy. I don't live too far away so I'm here a lot on the weekends during the summer (it is open all year long though). There are several places to park but I park in the East View area. There is a beautiful overlook just a few feet away, and a few of the trails start right there, too.
History lesson: General Braddock, commander of British troops during the French and Indian War, marched his men past the mountain in 1755. Fun fact: it was named Sugarloaf Mountain because its shape reminded early hunters and pioneers of the sugar loaves common in those days. Cool huh?
There are 4 hiking trails that will give you a workout and so. many. views of Maryland:
Northern Peaks Trail (Blue) - 5 miles of beautiful scenery and hiking
Purple - a 1.5 mile trail
Mountain Loop Trail (White) - A 2.5 mile loop around the summit
Saddleback Horse Trail (Yellow) - a 7 mile loop around the base of the mountain (it's open to horses, too!)
Every few feet, the trees are marked with the specific trail color. However, that didn't stop me from getting lost several times. I've thought about leaving breadcrumbs for extra assurance I make it back to my car.
I've been on several of the trails and I think the white trail is the 'easiest'. (Pictured above) You can easily see the trail the whole way and it doesn't require climbing/jumping over rocks like some of the other trails. I highly recommend this one if you're hiking there for the first time.
There's even an unmarked 'trail' that takes you down hundreds of steps (I counted #OCD) down into another wooded area. It's so cool! Literally, a lot cooler than the other trails because there's no sun. I was hiking for over 2 hours this past Sunday and my legs felt like jello so I didn't go that route this time - but trust me you'll want to try it out!
Bonus: I made this granola recipe and took a bag of it for my hiking trip. It's the perfect snack!