Sponsoring Organization: Maryland Native Plant Society
We will meet at the West View parking lot on Sugarloaf Mountain and hike to the summit on the short steep Green Trail at a leisurely pace. We will see and learn about four native pine species, including the intriguing table mountain pines that grace Sugarloaf’s summit. We will also see and study several native oak species, including chestnut, red, black, white and blackjack. Witch-hazel will be in full bloom and we’ll see many black birches, tupelos, mockernut and pignut hickories, sassafras and persimmon. We’ll also encounter several heath family members. We will pause on the rocky summit for a picnic lunch under the table mountain pines, returning to West View via the Red and Blue Trails.
Late autumn views of Montgomery County’s Ag Reserve, the Monocacy River Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains from the quartzite summit are spectacular!
Leader: Melanie Choukas-Bradley (author of two books about Sugarloaf Mountain)