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Catoctin Mountain Park, Maryland, United States

Wolf Rock and Chimney Rock Loop

A rugged hike to two outstanding vistas and a fascinating rock formation in Catoctin Mountain Park

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Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 5.0 miles / 8.0 km
Duration: Half day
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Overview: This is a somewhat rugged hike to two outstanding vistas and a fascinating rock formation known as Wolf Rock, traveling through immense stands of hardwoods and abundant mountain laurel. Special considerations: With two outstanding vistas, add plenty of time to your itinerary for enjoying the views.

Points of Interest

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Start

Junction
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Trail Crossing

Continue on trail. Ignore trail going uphill on right.
Junction
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Trail Intersection

At four-way intersection, go right to Thurmont vista.
Junction
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Trail Split

Turn right to Thurmont Vista.
Viewpoint
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Thurmont Vista

The view is worth the climb. There is a bench for those who want to take their time.
Junction
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Trail Crossing

Cross the intersection here and continue on along the trail.
Junction
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Trail Intersection

At the intersection, go left to see Wolf Rock, then continue on the (same) trail.
Viewpoint
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Wolf Rock

Views are not great, but the rocks are great fun.
Junction
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Trail Intersection

Turn right to see Chimney Rock, upon return to the intersection, turn right to continue on the trail.
Landmark
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Chimney Rock

Junction
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Trail Intersection

As the trail approaches the road, take a right at the intersection.
Pictures in this guide taken by: Kellie_Carlisle
Reviews
KB3WCC
My 14 year old son and I set out on this around noon. It was a cloudy day, with mild temperatures. The rain waited until we were just starting the trail and rained the entire loop.
The trailhead started in the parking lot of the ranger station/visitor center where we grabbed a topo map. The trail was decently marked but there were some areas where we needed to consult the map or head off in the wrong direction. (get or bring a map).
The trail was mildly rugged, boots are strongly suggested for ankle support and protection. The last two miles of the loop back are tricky and not marked well beginning at the switchbacks.
Very nice view, nice historical sites, intermediate trail, I dont recommend small children at all. We crunched it out in 4 hours only carrying minimal gear and two brief stops of 10 or less min.
Theres alot to see, I'll hike it again.

Visited on Aug 27, 2011

by KB3WCC on Oct 07, 2011

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