Billy Goat Hike Redux! (Great Falls, MD)

UPDATE: The forecast is looking dicey. HOWEVER, the hike is not canceled. If you're still coming, you best have a sense of adventure. We will be departing the concession stand at 2:10 p.m SHARP to avoid the line of thunderstorms rolling through in the late afternoon.

Depending on the weather, we may limit the hike to either half the Billy Goat Trial (up to the mid-way exit) or to the Great Falls Overlook.

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Let's give summer a proper sendoff! If you missed it the first time, now is your chance to redeem yourself!

Come enjoy the great outdoors and hike the Billy Goat Trail "A". The trail has a little bit of everything; bouldering, sandy beaches, a forest, and scenic views of the river. This is a great opportunity to meet people, get some exercise and fresh air, and hopefully visit a place you may not be familiar with.

On the way to the trailhead we can stop at the overlook that crosses over the rapids and waterfalls (where Great Falls gets its name). It's definitely worth a look if you've never seen it before.

I can offer rides to anybody in the Bethesda area and I'm near the Medical Center Metro stop on the Red Line if anybody would want to catch a ride with me that way. Park entry is 5 dollars per vehicle (although they rarely collect this fee).

We can meetup next to the concession stand right next to the parking lot. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call, text, or leave a comment.

We will leave from the concession stand at 2:10 p.m. If you're running late, give me a call and we can wait or give you a spot to meet up with us.

Afterwards, we can grab some cold brewskies and some food down the road at the Old Angler's Inn.

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This is the Maryland side of the park.

My contact number is [masked]. If you need directions, just call me or leave a comment here.

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  • Adam L.

    Totally legit.

    September 8, 2012

  • Timm

    We had a fun time, rain and all!

    September 8, 2012

  • Bladen

    Thank you to all who came. We managed to get half the Billy Goat Trail Hike in and saw most of the overlook before the heavens opened upon us. Just think how much more memorable the hike was after experiencing a line of thunderstorms first hand! You got the best of both worlds (a dry hike and a stormy hike) :D

    I will be planning some more hikes in the coming weeks (Shenandoah, Sugar Loaf Mountain, to name a few).

    1 · September 8, 2012

  • Bladen

    Well, we managed to get half the hike and the overlook in before the heavens opened up on us. Thanks to all who came and were good sports about getting a bit soaked :) I'll be arranging more hikes (Shenandoah and Sugar Loaf Mountain) in the coming weeks.

    September 8, 2012

  • Adam L.

    We are still in! I am wearing a Beer-Chan shirt

    September 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    We're not going to let a little rain scare us away. Our skin is waterproof for a reason.

    September 8, 2012

    • Bladen

      It's just my luck that I pick the one day out of ten that has the big line of thunderstorms barreling down on it. Every other day is a 0% chance of rain >.>

      September 8, 2012

  • Bladen

    Ok, the forecast is looking dicey at the moment. I'm not going to cancel the hike, but if you do show up, be prepared for it to get hairy. My plan is to do half the hike (which takes 45 minutes at a quick pace) and keep an eye on the clouds and radar the whole time. If at 2 p.m it's looking grim, we can check out the overlook which is an easy 20 minutes roundtrip and well worth the price of admission.

    If you're the adventuresome type, this should be right up your alley.

    September 8, 2012

  • Adam L.

    How is the parking situation there?

    September 7, 2012

    • Bladen

      Plenty of parking. Access to the park is $5, but parking is free once you're in.

      September 7, 2012

  • Bladen

    Last call for anybody that may need a ride. I have one spot left in my car and you would have to be able to make it to my house (near Medical Center Metro) by 1:15 p.m.

    September 7, 2012

  • Bladen

    The current forecast got bumped down to 30% chance of rain, isolated storms.

    September 7, 2012

  • Bladen

    We'll just have to keep an eye on the weather report. The forecast currently says pm storms which may not be until the evening. It's also just as likely that it won't rain at all. Remember the 80% chance of rain a couple of days ago and nothing happened? I'm crossing my fingers :)

    September 6, 2012

  • Timm

    My wife and I have never gotten out to a meetup before, but we've hiked the Billy Goat and would love to do it again while meeting some fun Redditors! It looks like potential thunderstorms on Saturday. Is there a rain contingency or a "Fuck you rain, we're hiking" attitude?

    September 6, 2012

  • Bladen

    You'll be scrambling over some rocks, but nothing extreme. As Thomas said, a good pair of shoes will handle it just fine.

    September 6, 2012

  • Thomas

    A good pair of shoes or hiking books is all that is need in the foot area. You should bring some water and maybe a snack to eat on the trail.

    September 6, 2012

  • Adam L.

    I see bouldering, should I bring my climbing shoes?

    We are coming from the Silver Spring area if someone needs a ride.

    September 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I live out in Arlington, if anyone needs a ride, let me know :)

    September 5, 2012

  • Thomas

    I live out on the end of the red line (Shady grove) if you would like me to pick you up from the metro and travel to the park I have plenty of room

    September 5, 2012

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