***MEETING LOCATION ***
Go to the main entrance of Great Falls on the Maryland Side.
Pay Ranger Rick $5 or get an annual park pass for $20 which is good for both VA & MD.
We are meeting at 6pm by the refreshment stand.
At 6:10pm we will walk over to the bathrooms to make a pit stop then head out on the trail at 6:15pm.
If you are left behind, go take a hike! ;)
We will have to move at a steady pace to make it back before dark.
We will most likely not go to The Falls overlook.
For those who want to eat after, we will go to the Wild Tomato.
7945 MacArthur BoulevardCabin John, MD 20818
MacArthur Plaza II (http://maps.google.com/local_url?dq=Wild+Tomato,+MacArthur+Boulevard,+Cabin+John,+MD&q=https://plus.google.com/112449154807185419113/about%3Fgl%3Dus%26hl%3Den&s=ANYYN7ly5CtqxZcoEzPZbh8tG1kWOWmifQ)(301) 229-0680
Free Annual Pass for U.S. Military
Available to U.S. military members and dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard and also, Reserve and National Guard members. Must be obtained in person at a Federal recreation site by showing a Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID (Form 1173). Frequently Asked Questions about the Annual Pass for U.S. Military (http://www.store.usgs.gov/pass/military.html)
Exercise Hike on Billy Goat Trail 'A'!
This will not be fast enough for runners!
This is a moderate to strenuous trail depending on your fitness level. It is about 5 miles.
We will stop for the views but only briefly.
Plan for around 1 1/2 hrs. The goal is to be back before it gets dark. Bring water, snacks, bugs spray, sunscreen, and optional cool sunglasses. Dress appropriately for the weather.
Note: Unlike most popular hiking trails, Billy Goat Trail 'Section A', offers up lots of rock scrambles around or over boulders, plenty of rocky terrain, a short but steep scramble up a cliff face, and heaps of breathtaking views of the Potomac River.
Come on out and climb the boulders with us for good times! What is rock scrambling you might ask? Anytime you have to use your hands to get over rocks or steep parts, we call it rock scrambling. No special gear is necessary for scrambling (gloves optional) and the scramble is only a portion of the hike.
Note: Sorry but the park rules are there are no dogs allowed on trail "A"
If you can't find us, are lost, or just want to say hi, call my cell: 571-594-9948.
Texting is best as sometimes the service is not so great there for phone calls.