60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC

60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC


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ISBN-13: 9780897323338
Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press
Publication date: 06/28/2002
Series: 60 Hikes within 60 Miles
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.06(w) x 8.99(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Paul Elliott works as a writer/editor and plays primarily as a social and solo hiker. He has been leading hikes year-round in the Washington metro area and beyond since 1990, most recently for the Sierra Club and Appalachian Mountain Club. His forte is getting people with a taste for adventure to sample the pleasures and surprises of the area's remarkable array of hiking opportunities.

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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.

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