Trail

Sunrise Trail to Summit, Blue Ridge Mountain Range, Maryland

Frederick, MD
Length: 4.50 mi.
Type: Loop

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ACTIVITIES: Hiking

LENGTH OF HIKE: 4.5 miles

OUT AND BACK OR LOOP: Loop, by combining trails

DIFFICULTY OF TERRAIN: Moderate

ELEVATION GAIN: 382 feet

PARKING FEE/PASS: No

TOILETS: Yes

CHANGING TABLE: No

NURSING BENCHES: No

DOGS ALLOWED: Yes

BIKES/HORSES/MOTORS ON TRAIL: No

CELL RECEPTION: Yes

DRINKING WATER AVAILABLE: No

POTENTIAL CHILD OR BABY HAZARDS: The Sunrise Trail is steep, so you
should carry little ones or hold their hands on the way up if they are climbing with you. It’s very rocky in parts, but fun for excited little climbers.

GEAR SUGGESTIONS: Baby carrier, water

Located on Sugarloaf Mountain in Maryland, this mountain has a series of looping trails that are well marked, easy to navigate, and has a short climb if you want to reach the peak. It’s totally doable with families.

The ascent to the summit is difficult enough to make it exciting; and when you reach the top, the views are amazing. There are plenty of fun rocks to climb on or hide under, and at the top of the mountain the land opens up and there is plenty of
mountain, the land opens up and there is plenty of space to find your own spot to take in the views or have a snack or picnic lunch. The descent includes an awesome set of stairs around some cool giant rocks that are well known as a hot spot for local rock climbers.

As you continue to make your way down the mountain, the trail flattens out and widens and is great for little runners who want to roam and explore. Even as you round the base of the mountain and get back to the parking lot, there is a great viewing spot that overlooks the east side of the mountain and across the valley with some more fun rocks to explore. Take a break here at the picnic table and toilets.

Expect to see a few whitetailed deer on and around the mountain. Other wildlife includes flying squirrels, red foxes, Eastern cottontails, and raccoons. Overhead, look for forest birds like the great horned owl, pileated woodpecker, wild turkey,
and red-shouldered hawk. During the spring and fall, many migratory species of songbirds can be heard singing in the trees. Be aware that this is the habitat of the timber rattlesnake and the copperhead, so make sure your little ones are aware
of this as they climb around rocks. This is a great family hike for all ages. It’s a little more adventurous for those who are avid hikers and want a bit of a challenge, but you could also utilize the other trails if the one straight to the summit is too steep.

INSIDER’S TIP
Park in the East View parking area so you can get great views right away. It’s a fun picnic spot, with toilets if you need them, and rocks to climb on while you get set for the trail. Then, you can take the Sunrise Trail to get right to the summit (0.25
mile) and get a great workout right from the start. Once you reach the top, you can spread out (to the right there are a few big rocks that you can climb up, under, and around, which is loads of fun for the kids) and take in the amazing views! And then, by combining trails and taking the loop trail back around the mountain, you have a more relaxing descent through the forest. There are loads of trails, but this by far is our favorite combination.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 382 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms Yes
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
No

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