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Here's your chance to hike up, over, around, and down a single and unusual mountain in less than half a day. A monadnock (or isolated mountain), Sugarloaf is a massive bulge of tree-swathed rock that rises some 800 feet above the rich and rolling farmlands of the Piedmont. Topping out at an elevation of 1,282 feet, it¿s easily the metropolitan area¿s closest-in mountain, less than 40 crow-miles northwest of the White House. It¿s well-signposted and well-maintained trails provide some fine year-round hiking opportunities, ranging from the full-scale bottom-up 8.1-mile circuit hike featured here to a quickie, half-mile jaunt to the summit and back.