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Blue Ridge Summit - Thurmont - Wolf Rock

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 4.0 (2) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A challenging tour of some popular vistas in the East Side Trails from the non-winter parking at Blue Ridge Summit Vista


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5.0

Miles

8.1

KM

Lollipop

1,596' 486 m

High

1,307' 398 m

Low

938' 286 m

Up

944' 288 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Views

Overview

For hikers looking to get a rewarding workout away from the crowds, this lollipop-style route connects three different trails to access three vista points from a less popular, seasonal parking area. Due to its increased difficulty, you won't find as many trail users but don't expect to be alone.

Need to Know

The Hog Rock/Blue Ridge Summit Vista and Thurmont Vista parking areas are closed during the winter months (mid-November - early March).

Description

From the Blue Ridge Summit Vista parking area, head north for a couple hundred feet on the Blue Ridge Summit Trail to the first viewpoint. Given its close proximity to the road, you may find a number of other folks in this area. From the vista point, continue the descent as the trail bends to the east, following the yellow blazes.

At the bottom of the descent, just under one mile from the start, turn left (east) onto the Thurmont Vista Trail. Soon, you'll arrive at Thurmont Vista, the second of three vista points on this hike.

Continue south along the pink/purple blazes toward the Wolf Rock / Chimney Rock Trail and turn left onto the Wolf Rock / Chimney Rock Trail for a hundred yards to the Wolf Rock outcrop and vista, which is actually below the intersection but it's a neat rock formation to explore.

From Wolf Rock, retrace your steps to the Thurmont Vista Trail, except this time, stay left on the Wolf Rock / Chimney Rock Trail and climb toward the park road and the Blue Ridge Summit Trail, which gradually ascends to the north and the Blue Ridge Summit Vista parking area.

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Shared By:

Zander Göpfert

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Chimney Rock
Nov 15, 2016 near Thurmont, MD
Blue Ridge Lookout
Jul 26, 2017 near Thurmont, MD
Chimney Rock.
Nov 15, 2016 near Thurmont, MD
Chimney Rock.
Nov 15, 2016 near Thurmont, MD
Signage at intersection with Thurmont Vista Trail.
Nov 15, 2016 near Thurmont, MD
Wolf Rock structure.
Jul 29, 2019 near Thurmont, MD

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Jun 13, 2021
Kelley M
We accidentally added miles by going to the visitor center. Turn right instead of left to stay on the lollipop trIl. — 10h 00m
Oct 10, 2020
Esteban Caballero
Great trail through several outlooks and viewpoints. Going all the way to Chimney Rock was worth it! 6.3mi — 3h 30m
Aug 16, 2020
John Papp