Length: 1.0 miles
Surface: natural surface
This is a chance to combine walking and driving into a learning experience. Sugarloaf Mountain stands alone on the Montgomery and Frederick County border. It is privately owned and managed by Stronghold, Inc. Visitors are welcome to hike, horseback ride, picnic, and study nature for free. Beautiful views of the surrounding area are available from the summit.
Getting there will also be an interesting experience. Our suggested route is via White’s Ferry. A ferry has been operating at this location over 150 years. The ferry will take you back into time as the land on the Maryland side has remained unchanged for years. Maryland officials have been trying to keep this area rural while Virginia officials have been anxious to build a bridge crossing. Maryland commuters along Interstate 270 would like to have a short cut to Virginia’s technology corridor. Drive back via Interstate 270 to experience the current commute that these people face. Fortunately we don’t have to make the decision.
We have provided directions for a relatively short walk to the summit in the form of a loop. Most people take the green trail up and back. This involves climbing a large number of steps. Our route takes you to the north of the summit and up the red trail. It has less of a slope to climb than the steps although you will still be climbing about 300 feet. We then take you down the steps for the return loop.
There are numerous other hiking trails on the mountain at distances up to 7 miles. Stronghold has consented to publishing a copy of their maps on this site. It may take a minute to download because of its size. The same map is available at Sugarloaf Mountain thanks to the generosity of Stronghold, Inc. Click here to view a copy of the complete trail system.