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Hiking Billy Goat Trail Section A

The Billy Goat Trail is one of the best hiking trails in the Washington area and a journey through a living showcase of natural diversity. The trail skirts the edge of Bear Island, passing giant potholes as it follows along the top of the cliffs of Mather Gorge. This portion of the hike is quite rugged and necessitates a good bit of rock scrambling. The blue blazed painted on the rocks help to locate the route. The return trip is an easy stroll along the towpath. There are many areas to branch off the trail and explore rocks and beautiful views of the white water. Although this hike is only 4 miles in length, it may be rather slow going on the rocks - and the view will invite you to stay awhile. Distance: 4 miles round trip Elevation Gain: 200 ft Hike Time: 2 hours Trail Condition: OK, but a few difficult spots HikeType: Loop Direction to the parking lot:I-495 to Exit 41 (Carderock and Glen Echo); follow Clara Barton Pkwy towards Carderock, passing David Taylor Model Basin and Naval Surface War Center on right. At junction with MacArthur Blvd turn left and continue West to Old Anglers Inn on right at sharp turn in road. Park in lot on left opposite the inn. This parking lot has limited space. You may park on the side of the road and walk to the parking lot. Wearing good hiking shoes, things you may bring with you:bottle water, snacks, sunblock,camera. If you are running late, just take the towpath to the Section A and follow the blue blazed paint and you will catch us. CARPOOL Don’t forget if you want a ride or are willing to offer a ride – be a friend to the environment, save money, and make friends by just posting a message!! - Have a ride: Please post where you are coming from, what time, and how many spots you have. - Need a ride: Post that you need a ride and contact any offers via e-mail for those that are offering rides. Optional dinner at
Penang Bethesda after the hike. 4933 Bethesda Avenue Bethesda, MD 20814 (301)[masked]

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  • Jun K.

    First time on the trail and LOVED IT! Was so nice to be outdoors and not sitting infront of my computer the whole day like I'm doing right now.

    June 29, 2009

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    A former member

    Awesome scenery, awesome company, awesome food afterwards!!! Thanks Sara for planning such a GREAT event! Are we doing Old Rag soon? :D

    June 28, 2009

  • Jon

    Lot's of fun

    June 28, 2009

  • Jon

    If you've never been to the Great Falls, you would probably love going a little farther north on the toepath after emerging from the trail to see it before going back to the cars.

    June 7, 2009

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