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Autumn Hiking: Sugarloaf Mountain — Smithsonian Associates

West View Parking Lot: Sugarloaf Mountain Dickerson, MD, United States

Natural beauty and fascinating history await this fall. Spend an autumn day hiking to the summit of Washington, D.C.’s local mountain, a natural treasure less than an hour’s drive from the city. The picturesque and rocky Sugarloaf offers spectacular views of the surrounding countryside in Maryland. With color in the trees and fallen leaves on the ground, exciting rural vistas open up. Guided by popular study leader Melanie Choukas-Bradley, learn about the mountain’s plants and wildlife, seasonal changes, geology, and history.

$55 – $75

Autumn Hiking: Sugarloaf Mountain — Smithsonian Associates

West View Parking Lot: Sugarloaf Mountain Dickerson, MD, United States

Natural beauty and fascinating history await this fall. Spend an autumn day hiking to the summit of Washington, D.C.’s local mountain, a natural treasure less than an hour’s drive from the city. The picturesque and rocky Sugarloaf offers spectacular views of the surrounding countryside in Maryland. With color in the trees and fallen leaves on the ground, exciting rural vistas open up. Guided by popular study leader Melanie Choukas-Bradley, learn about the mountain’s plants and wildlife, seasonal changes, geology, and history.

$55 – $75

Autumn Hiking: Sugarloaf Mountain — Smithsonian Associates

West View Parking Lot: Sugarloaf Mountain Dickerson, MD, United States

Natural beauty and fascinating history await this fall. Spend an autumn day hiking to the summit of Washington, D.C.’s local mountain, a natural treasure less than an hour’s drive from the city. The picturesque and rocky Sugarloaf offers spectacular views of the surrounding countryside of Montgomery and Frederick counties in Maryland. With color in the trees and fallen leaves on the ground, exciting rural vistas open up. Guided by popular study leader Melanie Choukas-Bradley, learn about the mountain’s plants and wildlife, seasonal changes, geology, and history. Spend time on the summit, composed of pink quartzite and forested with uncommon table mountain pines and mountain laurel, for a light lunch and a bit of “forest bathing.”

$55 – $75

Nature Hike in the Potomac Gorge at Carderock, Maryland — Smithsonian Associates

Billy Goat Trail C North Parking Lot, Carderock., MD, United States

Join author and naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley for an autumn nature hike in the scenic Potomac Gorge at Carderock, Maryland, and learn how to forest bathe. Hike on the Billy Goat Trail, section C, starting at the Carderock climbing area. The trail offers dramatic river vistas and passes through a mature forest of oaks, hickories, maples, beeches, black walnuts, and sycamores. Stop along the route to admire trees with their autumn foliage and fruit, notice birds and other wildlife, and see wildflowers. Midway in the walk, enjoy a few moments of forest bathing, quietly appreciating the splendor of the surroundings. The hike returns to the Carderock climbing area parking lot on the C&O Canal towpath.

$55 – $75