Hike the Catoctin Mountain Extended Loop Trail

8.58 Miles Round Trip - 1696 ft gain - Loop Trail

Catoctin Mountain Extended Loop Trail - Search Nearby - Added by The Outbound Collective

This is a challenging and rewarding trail that exposes you to some of Maryland's finest natural spaces. 

Park at the Cotoctin Mountain Visitor's Center off of Foxville road (see map) to access the trail. Trail is accessible March-November and is dog-friendly. 

Photos: Melanie K Reed Photography, TrailVoice




8.58 Miles
1696 ft elevation gain
Loop Trail

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Extended loop in Feb

My friend and I did the extended loop recently and really liked the stop and go of it. It’s nice to hike 2 miles and see a vista and then hike another small distant and see another view, very different from the hike up x miles see view hike down x miles. The loop for us was around 11 miles. We actually hiked this in February, contrary to this post all the trails were open however there were warnings due to ice and snow. I would not hike this in the off season without proper waterproof hiking boots as we sludged through a decent amount of snow, ice, water, and mud. Overall very rewarding with multiple vistas can’t wait to come back in the spring when everything is green and in bloom.