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Carderock (Billy Goat Trail)- Pre training hike

Today we to do a short, fast 8 mile hike with 600ft elevation gain. We’ll meet at Carderock Recreation Area (northern most parking area - make a right as you enter the park and go to end), hike the C & O Canal, and then head up the Gold Mine Trail, bounce along the rocks of Billy Goat A and down to the Tavern/ Visitor’s center at Great Falls. Lunch along the river may give us an opportunity to dip your feet into the Potomac. We’ll return to Carderock via the Billy Goat B Trail. Some rest stops and very moderate elevation change. Fast pace, but easy terrain. Bring lunch, snacks, water and binoculars. Meeting at Carderock North Lot at 9:00 am.

Leader: Martin Miller
Moderate (C)
Carderock, George Washington Memorial Parkway, Potomac, MD 20854, USA
Carderock Recreation Area is located on the Potomac River about 1 mile west of the Capital Beltway (near the American Legion Bridge).

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  • Dave L.

    We'll plan to join you for the first part of this hike but I don't think my kids are up for the full thing. We'll probably just walk up the C&O tow path with you, do Billy Goat A, and head back to Carderock. That should be between 5 and 6 miles?

    May 7, 2014

    • Martin M.

      That works fine. Since it is such an easy trail to navigate there is no problem you hiking as much as you would like and cutting out early.

      1 · May 7, 2014

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