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This guide will lead hikers and trail runners to the choicest trails in the District, including surprisingly remote paths along northwest and northeast branches as well as the many hidden jewels tucked away in the area's regional parks.
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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.