Sunrise Trail

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 39.26260°N / 77.3936°W
Additional Information Route Type: Scramble
Additional Information Time Required: Less than two hours
Additional Information Difficulty: Walk-up
Sign the Climber's Log


Drive or walk to the East Overlook at 900 ft. elevation and follow signs for the Sunrise Trail. A trail map box post is at the base of the trail.

Route Description

This is an easy scramble for those who are in shape and should only take 15 - 20 minutes one way from the East Overlook. It can take the breath out of someone who is not as fit. I scrambled up these rocks countless times, once with my daughter when she was 5. Take caution on weekend days, especially in the fall as the trail is very busy.
Addendum 4/05: On visit back east I took a short detour to Sugarloaf. The base of this trail has been abused, but fortunately Stronghold Management has put up signs and barriers ~1/3 of the way up the trail warning of erosion.

Essential Gear

Comfortable shoes and appropriate seasonal clothing. I made the mistake of climbing this trail in the winter in steel-toed work boots and came down the hill with a what a podiatrist of mine called, metatarsal periostitis, a bone bruise. I'll stick to my North Face boots.

Miscellaneous Info

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