Announcing a new Meetup for Geocaching in the DC Metro Areas, and beyond!
What: Billy Goat Trail Hike and geocaching
When: Sunday, June 20, 2010 8:00 AM
C&O Canal National Historic Park @ Anglers Inn Entrance
10801 MacArthur Blvd
Potomac, MD 20854
There are a few geocaches in this area, I'm not 100% sure that they are on the trail but I am willing to bet at least one or two of them are. This is an early start because we'll want to avoid the heat and the crowds.
Please note: We will meet up and be together, and at the end we can all sit around and hang out together - but the hiking part of this will probably end up being individuals and/or families working at their own pace. If you would like to come with a little one, please come along and do as much as you're comfortable with, however you may be "left behind" unless other parents with little ones also come. If you don't have kids to bring with you, please come along and pass us all up and race to the end. :)
I hope this link works - but you'll have to zoom out to see the caches: http://www.geocaching.com/map/default.aspx?lat=38.98247&lng=-77.22629
All of this information about the hike is copied and pasted from another website: http://www.bobcantor.com/hiking/
4 miles total only 100ft elevation (4 star trail according to this guy) 0:20 from the DC area and has mather gorge and boulder scrambling
main loop: 4 miles, a lot of short ups and downs photo
main loop using forest trails: 6.8 miles /500ft elevation
B loop: est 2.4 miles
main loop to B loop: 0.6 one way
C loop: est 2.7 miles
B loop to C loop: 0.4 one way
Location: Great Falls Park, Maryland. May also be accessed from parking lot across the street from the Old Anglers Inn. The C loop is accessed at Carderock.
Description: The main loop follows the edge of Bear Island along the top of the cliffs of Mather Gorge, providing many excellent views of the Potomac River and many scenic spots among the rocks. The return half takes you back on the towpath along the historic C&O Canal (by crossing the C&O canal, you can extend the loop using some forest trails). You can also head downstream to the very pleasant (and less crowded) B section of the trail and continue even further to hike through the Carderock area on the C section.
* Much of the A loop goes over boulders and one short section is a bit of a rock scramble. Give yourself more time than the short distance would suggest.
* This trail is very crowded on weekends. The C&O Canal towpath section of trail gets heavy use even on weekdays.
* A very short side trip from the start of the hike at Great Falls Park will take you on a boardwalk through a rare example of bedrock river terrace forest, ending in an excellent viewpoint of the falls.
* You can get a map at the park entrance station, but it isn't really necessary unless you're going to use the forest trails. There is a small fee to enter the park, but you may avoid this by starting the hike from Carderock or from the parking area at the Old Angler's Inn.
* Your hike may be extended up or down river by walking on the C&O Canal towpath (you could actually take this all the way into Georgetown or all the way out to Harpers Ferry and beyond).
Learn more here:http://www.meetup.com/GeocacheVA/calendar/13506477/