addressalign-toparrow-leftarrow-rightbackbellblockcalendarcameraccwcheckchevron-downchevron-leftchevron-rightchevron-small-downchevron-small-leftchevron-small-rightchevron-small-upchevron-upcircle-with-checkcircle-with-crosscircle-with-pluscrossdots-three-verticaleditemptyheartexporteye-with-lineeyefacebookfolderfullheartglobegmailgooglegroupshelp-with-circleimageimagesinstagramlinklocation-pinm-swarmSearchmailmessagesminusmoremuplabelShape 3 + Rectangle 1ShapeoutlookpersonJoin Group on CardStartprice-ribbonShapeShapeShapeShapeImported LayersImported LayersImported Layersshieldstartickettrashtriangle-downtriangle-uptwitteruserwarningyahoo

Let's Hike-Billy Goat Trail "A" 10:15am & Lunch at Wild Tomato after....

Hike on Billy Goat Trail 'A'!

This is a strenuous trail and possibly dangerous...you hike at your own risk! (read note below for more details of the hike).

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.

Disclaimer: This can be a dangerous hike due to the rocky terrain, uneven ground, boulders, and cliff.  Come prepared for a hard work out that is lots of fun. I don't want to scare you, just be aware and be careful.....this is no walk in the park.....you hike at your own risk.

The general pace at which we hike is too fast for some and not fast enough for others.  I can't promise everyone will be happy.  But I sure will try! ;)

The trail is around 5 miles.  After the Billy Goat trail we can stop at the waterfall lookout point on the way back to the picnic table area. It is quite beautiful and definitely worth seeing. Note, this will add about 30 minutes to the time. It is a great photo spot!

Plan for around 2 & 1/2 - 3 hrs total.

We will stop for the views but only briefly.

Bring water, snacks, gloves, sunscreen, bug spray, camera, and optional cool sunglasses, dress appropriately for the weather, wearing closed toe shoes with ankle support is highly suggested.

 

After the hike we can continue socializing with  some food and cheer at the  Wild Tomato

7945 MacArthur Boulevard

Cabin John, MD 20818

 

http://www.wildtomatorestaurant.com/

 

Note: Sorry but the park rules are there are no dogs allowed on trail "A"

 

***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.

Meet us by the refreshment stand near the entrance by the parking lot.

We are leaving for the hike at 10:30AM.  Please be on time so you don't get left behind.

If you are left behind, go take a hike! ;)

 

If you can't find us, are lost, or just want to say hi, call my cell:[masked]-9948.

Texting is best as sometimes the service is not so great there for phone calls.

Since I make this a small group, please update your RSVP if you are unable to attend.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

I am recovering from an injury and we may go a bit slower than our regular fast pace depending how I feel. Of course, those who want to go faster are free to do so. And if you want to go slower and take pictures or need to take the emergency exit, just let someone know to tell me, so we are not waiting for you.

If anyone wants to carpool from my place in Falls Church/Merrifield area, please contact me via e-mail.

Thank you!

Johanna

[masked]

Join or login to comment.

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike again and Fish Tacos, humm starting to become a habit.

    1 · May 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Fish tacos and hiking is great habit to have!

      2 · May 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great pictures

      1 · May 13, 2013

  • Sophia

    Good times - thank you!!!!!

    May 13, 2013

  • Jonathan B.

    Sorry for not joining you guys for the Tacos.
    Hope you've all had a blast. The hike was nice!

    May 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Johanna for another great hike and post meetup lunch. Wild Tomato and Fish Tacos' were both awesome.

    Met so many great friends at the meetup who all made this hike a memorable one. Thank you all!

    May 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    On my way too

    May 12, 2013

  • Ted M.

    On the way - running a little late and need to get gas

    May 12, 2013

  • Jonathan B.

    Neither of my cousins are joining us. so I gave one more available spot!

    May 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We will just need to be careful if it is wet and muddy.
    See you tomorrow.

    May 11, 2013

  • Dave C.

    Love this trail.

    May 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Driving from Arlington. Let me know if anyone needs a ride.

    May 10, 2013

  • Ted M.

    FYI - I plan on showing up. I have a GF park pass, and can meet people at either east falls church metro (for the full carpool), or at the Carderock C&O site, and save yourself the entrance fee.

    Say, 9:15 at EFC, and 9:50 at Carderock, but not if I don't get any takers.

    May 8, 2013

  • Ted M.

    Can you open a wait list?

    May 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      my exp with this hike is that ..half people will drop off ..also u can always hike alongside ..i forgot to RSVP but planing to hike along :)

      May 4, 2013

  • Aqab

    Would be great to come. But can anyone give me a ride from DC?

    April 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      If George comes, he can probably pick you up in Silver Spring.

      April 29, 2013

  • Jonathan B.

    I am almost sure I will come myself with one of my cousins and if not it'll just be me. Those fish tacos are THE BEST. :)

    April 29, 2013

17 went

Our Sponsors

People in this
Meetup are also in:

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy