Hike Billy Goat Trail Section A (Moderate 6 Miles)

  • April 13, 2014 · 12:00 PM
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Due to limited parking space in the other parking lot, we will meet at Carderock Recreation Area parking lot at 12:00 pm (noon) on Sunday. Please be on time or you will be left behind.

Follow the directions below closely to avoid getting lost:

From Capital Beltway (I-495), take exit 41 Clara Barton Parkway. Once on the Parkway, take the first exit on the right which is for both Carderock and the Naval Surface Warfare Center (white flat buildings). Turn left at the STOP sign at the top of the ramp to cross the parkway. (You'll see some 495 signs but ignore them.) After passing under the canal, you'll come to a STOP. Turn right and proceed to the LAST parking lot.

We will be hiking the Billy Goat Trail sections A, starting from the Carderock Recreational Area. This will be a circuit hike of approximately 6.5 miles, starting on the towpath first (nice view at this time of the year), then along the river side of A, then returning back to the parking lot via the C+O Canal Tow path.

The trail is challenging at some areas but mostly enjoyable. Some portions require you to use your hands to climb over boulders, and in one instance, up the face of a 40 ft. cliff, so be sure you’re up for that. I’m aiming for a moderate-paced hike of around 3 hours with a couple of breaks, but the goal is to keep a pace that works for everyone. Please be willing to stay with the group and enjoy the company.

Distance: around 6.5 miles round trip

Elevation Gain: 200 ft

Hike Time: 3 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

Bring: Sunscreen, lots of water, snack, friendly attitude

Wear shoes that have good traction, flexibility, a sturdy toe bed, and won’t slip off. Pants are better than shorts, as there is a little bouldering.

Dogs are prohibited on Section A. So leave Fido at home

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Cost: Free, but if you hike with this group regularly, a $1.50 annual membership fee is appreciated. See Membership Dues.

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  • Rob L.

    BTW - the snake we saw was most likely a Northern Watersnake. Non-venomous.

    1 · April 14, 2014

  • Ana

    Thanks, Melanie, for hosting this hike. Beautiful day, great group of people. Looking forward to seeing everyone soon again!

    1 · April 13, 2014

  • judy

    I couldn't find them either so I am doing my own hike

    April 13, 2014

  • Ana

    I'm here at Carderock but don't see you

    April 13, 2014

    • Fran

      We are all at the restrooms with the big sign

      1 · April 13, 2014

  • Melanie

    Merr by the signs in the last lot. I had to park farther away

    April 13, 2014

  • judy

    Could someone call me? I here but not sure exactly where to meet[masked]-7328. Thanks!

    1 · April 13, 2014

  • judy

    Which parking lot are you meeting in?

    April 13, 2014

  • Judy

    melenie, i may be a couple minutes late, but i'm heading to rosslyn.
    judy

    April 13, 2014

  • Laís

    Someone leaving from Silver Spring area could give me a ride?

    April 13, 2014

  • Pete

    Hi, I would need a ride, I can meet at any metro station.
    Pete

    April 10, 2014

    • Melanie

      Kim and Pete - exit the metro on N Ft. Meyer Drive and wait near the entrance. Look for my older model black Jeep Cherokee.

      April 12, 2014

    • Pete

      Got it. PJ

      April 13, 2014

  • Judy

    Melanie, please look for me at the metro. If I don't hear from Jeanne by 10:45 I'll head out to Rosslyn station. But please don't wait past 11:30.Thanks. Judy .

    April 13, 2014

    • Melanie

      Sure. If you don't hear from Jeanne and need to get in touch with me for any reason, just send an email or post here - I'll be checking comments.

      April 13, 2014

  • Jeanne

    I tried sending an email earlier to Judy but can offer anyone a ride from the Dupont North metro stop. let me know if you are interested

    1 · April 12, 2014

    • Laís

      What time are you leaving? Can I go with you?

      April 13, 2014

  • Judy

    Jeanne, if your offer still stands, I'd love to take you up on it. What time would I meet you?

    April 13, 2014

  • Judy

    Hi everyone. Is anyone coming from NW DC that could give me a ride? I live in Chevy Chase DC and could easily get to a red line metro.

    April 12, 2014

    • Judy

      Thanks, Melanie, I could do that. What time should I be there? Judy

      April 12, 2014

    • Judy

      Oh, I see your reply to Pete. See you at 11:30.

      April 12, 2014

  • Michael J.

    Argh. Next time.

    April 10, 2014

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