Sugarloaf consists of three climbing areas. They are Middle Earth, Boy Scout Ledges, and White Rocks. Middle earth is the most popular with the easiest access. Boy Scout Ledges is also popular and easy to access. White Rocks is the least used due to the long walk. As a result, often you have your choice of routes. The park is a held by a private corporation chartered to protect it for use by the general puplic. There are several interesting points of to know about the area. One is the mountain is known as a MONADNOCK. A monadnock is a formation of rock that has resisted erosion compared to the surrounding area. The surrounding low land area is then referred to as a PENEPLAIN. The resistive rock that formed Sugarloaf is a quartzite. The quartzite was once the sandy floor of a shallow sea. The sea bed was eventually covered by more material. Then under the resulting pressure and heat, the grains of sand glued together. Much later the collision of tectonic plates pushed or folded the ancient seabed up. The layers on top of the ancient seabed slowly eroded away to leave the white quartzite at the surface. The white quartzite is the color of refined sugar and this is the where the name reference (Sugarloaf) originates. For the climber, this results in a medium grain surface making excellent hand and foot holds. Routes range from excellent boulder problems, many top rope climbs to a few that may be climbed as two pitch routes. The climbing routes available range from 5.0 to 5.12(YDS).

For a more detailed description of all the climbing adventures refer to Climb Maryland! by Mark "Indy" Kohte, (ISBN 0-9663431-3-1). Climb Maryland!

The Middle Earth Climbing area is closed while the the nesting ravens are raising their brood. This time period is typically between late Febuary through early June.

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