Point of Rocks – Appalachian Trail, MD

This blog is usually about my hiking adventures or misadventures but occasionally, I share other interesting things I get into. Last weekend, one of the hottest weekends in the DC area so far, Ricardo and I decided to ride our scooters to the Point of Rocks area.

Located in the southern part of Frederick County and near the base of Catoctin Mountain, Point of Rocks is a draw for hikers, bikers, motorists on two and four wheels and ice cream lovers! While it’s only a 30 mile ride from Montgomery County, we took windy roads with little traffic and lots of shade from trees. In total we rode a 140 miles with a stop for lunch at the Main Cup and ice cream at Point of Rocks creamery.

Knowing that temperatures would soar above 100 degrees, I wanted to make sure that I kept the misadventures to a minimum. Normally on longer rides, even on the scooter, I tend to wear my motorcycle jacket. This time, I opted for a my soft shell jacket, which has enough ventilation and kept me cool during the ride (if you’re interested in learning more about my jacket, check out my gear review!). I also took my water bladder, which kept my water cold and helped me stay hydrated during the ride.

While we rode up to the Point of Rocks area, this is also a great place for hiking. I first discovered this place during my Appalachian Trail thru hike. Although it’s .2 miles off the Appalachian Trail, I decided to explore the spot. The hiking on the Appalachian Trail near Point of Rocks can be a little rocky, it is fairly flat and tress provide plenty of shade! There are multiple access points, so you can make this hike as long or short as you like.

Check out the video of the ride, Ricardo put together!

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