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atop Sugarloaf Mountain, gazing out at trees, farmland
and the horizon. The Dickerson, Maryland, hiking spot,
about 30 miles from Bethesda, is a good bet any time of
year, but in early spring the mostly bare trees allow good
sight lines, and cabin fever legs are ready to move.
Pre-hike research is a must. From a handful of
trails, you can choose your own adventure, mixing and
matching those that connect. One path goes around
the base and another is a steep scramble up rocks.
Have kids in tow? The ¼-mile Green Trail, from the
West View parking lot to the top, is the way to go.
Halfway up the mountain you can catch open views,
but reaching the summit—an elevation of 1, 282
feet—is worth the chance to recharge on a boulder or
declare yourself King (or Queen) of the Mountain.
Sugarloaf Mountain is open daily from 8 a.m. to an
hour before sunset; admission is free.
Sugarloaf Mountain, 7901 Comus Road, Dickerson,
TAKE IN THE VIEW
—Kathleen Seiler Neary