1,282 ft / 391 m

#160 in Maryland

#68,576 in United States


23 summits

#7 in Maryland

#1,527 in United States

Top climbing months

April   21%

January   17%

June   13%

Most climbed route

Orange Trail


  • Sugarloaf Mountain is a small monadnock and park about 10 miles south of Frederick, Maryland.
  • The closest village is Barnesville at the foot of the mountain.
  • Top rises 800 feet from the surrounding farmland.
  • Designated a National Natural Landmark in 1969.
  • Notable example of an admission-free, privately-owned scenic park.
  • During the Maryland Campaign of the American Civil War in 1862, Union forces occupying the summit first spotted the Army of Northern Virginia on September 5 as it crossed the Potomac River into Maryland. The following morning as the small Union force on the mountain began to retreat in the face of the oncoming Confederate Army, they ran into the unsuspecting 1st North Carolina Infantry and a small skirmish ensued. The Union force was able to escape, but it was later caught by Confederate cavalry at Urbana.
1 summit • 6.7 mi • 1,088 ft gain • 2 hr 35 min