Mike O’Connor, Jim and Sharon Koury, Bill Saunders, Mary Thayer, Ann Roberts and I parked in a friendly park Catoctin Mountain Park ranger’s driveway, and in typical Mountain Club style the hike started with a steep climb. Hike leader Mike had promised a total of 1,300 feet of elevation, but my Garmim measured 1,711.
We enjoyed swishing through thick, slippery piles of fallen leaves that disguised the newly-blazed Gateway Trail. It connected with various park trails, and via some of those 1,700 feet of endless climbs, we went by Thurmont Vista, Wolf Rock, and our lunch location, Chimney Rock
See below for a few pictures. (Click on each picture to see it in full size.). Also see here for a few more pictures.