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Pre-Anniversary Cookout Hike! Great Falls, Potomac River, Difficult Run Stream

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  • Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups 10th Anniversary Pre-Cookout Hike at Great Falls National Park! A Hike Along Difficult Run Rapids, the Potomac River, Mather Gorge, and to Enjoy Fantastic Views of Great Falls! An Easy-Side-of-Moderate 5 Miles

    If you have never been to the Virginia side, or either side of Great Falls for that matter, this hike is a MUST have experience. If you have been there, then come back for another visit. The hike is not too much effort in turn for fantastic views! Do NOT forget your cameras for this one people! 

    Join us on a hike to celebrate Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group's 10th Anniversary! Today's hike takes us to sites where we will enjoy excellent views of Difficult Run Rapids, the Potomac River, and the majestic Great Falls. You will forget how close you are to civilization while traversing this stream valley trail that is reminiscent of Virginia's mountains. With fifty percent of the Difficult Run following the Potomac River at one of its most scenic spots, it’s easy to see why so many people consider this their favorite hike and a must for anyone who has not yet been.

    Our hike plan takes us along Difficult Run stream to where it flows into the Potomac and along Mather Gorge, where the trail is rocky in parts and has a couple of hills to enjoy the breathtaking views of the falls and the gorge. 

    At the end of our hike, we are rewarded with the majestic and mighty falls. The falls consist of cascading rapids and several 20-foot waterfalls, with a total 76-foot drop in elevation over a distance of less than a mile. The Potomac River narrows from nearly 1000 feet, just above the falls, to between 60 and 100 feet wide as it rushes through Mather Gorge, a short distance below the falls. The Great Falls of the Potomac display the steepest and most spectacular fall line rapids of any eastern river.

    Trail Information

    Nearby City: McLean, VA
    Length: About 5 Miles
    Trail Surface: Dirt footpaths, riverside trails, hardwood forests,
    Elev. Gain: 400 feet
    Skill Level: Easy-Side-of-Moderate

    Park Fee
    $10.00 Per Vehicle Pass. Good for three consecutive days for one vehicle, including motorcycles, in Great Falls Park.

    Gear Information
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    for what to wear and what not to wear for our hikes.

    Weather Information
    We hike rain or shine! Click here for up to the minute trailhead weather

    Hike Pace
    This hike will be led at an average hikers pace, which is about 2.5 mph.

    Our RSVP Policies and Group Etiquette
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    to review our RSVP policies and group etiquette.

    Carpool Suggestions and Information

    Note that you are responsible for knowing how to get from carpool locations to the venue. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is not responsible for transportation to and from events or carpools. Suggested carpool times and locations are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or unfamiliar with a particular hike or venues location. Please use the Comments section below, or reach out via e-mail to make arrangements for carpooling needs and offerings.

    Baltimore Area Carpool Suggestion - Savage Station
    To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore area, people can arrange to meet at Savage Station. Click Here for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Savage Station location.

    If you can drive or want to carpool from any particular location, please post your offer to help those in need of a ride, and those looking for a ride, in the comment section below. Click Here for a list of suggested carpool locations, each complete with a physical address, GPS coordinates, driving directions and additional carpool information. 

    For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment — by just offering a ride!

    Will Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group Be Offering its ‘Anniversary Cookout’ After Todays Hike?

    Absolutely! We are pleased and excited to be hosting Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group's 10th Year Anniversary, Leadership Team and Member Appreciation Cookout! Please join us, however, note that you MUST Click Here to RSVP to Attend the FREE Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups 10th Year Anniversary Cookout on its separate event page. Otherwise, I will not know how much food and supplies to purchase and prepare!

    How and Where Do I RSVP to Attend Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups FREE 10th Anniversary Cookout?

    Click Here to View More Details and RSVP to the FREE Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups 10th Year Anniversary Cookout! 

    Directions to the Trailhead
    Click Here for Directions to Where We Meet for Our 10th Anniversary Hike

    Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 8:45-8:55 a.m.

    The Hike is at 9:00 a.m.

    Carpool meetup time from Savage is 8:15 a.m.

    Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group (MAHG) values fellowship, camaraderie and practicing good hike etiquette and Leave No Trace principles. As a member-focused and mission-driven charitable organization, our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer as hike leaders for MAHG's leadership team. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper”, to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. Our volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, and always focus on safety, all while enjoying excellent camaraderie, the many health benefits of hiking, and unplugging from the stress of day to day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of our core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity, and donations ARE tax deductible. Tax ID: [masked].

    A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike!

    Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there

    Justin C.:[masked]

    Mike H:[masked]

    Kellie:[masked]

    Addition Members of The Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group Volunteer Leadership Team!

    • Funding for Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group - A 501(c)(3) public charity (Tax ID[masked]) comes from both Your Private, Corporate Donations, Partnerships, and Grants. The Nominal Service Fees for MAHG Events is the Organizations Smallest Source of Support. Because We Choose to Limit How Many Can Attend a Hike for a More Enjoyable and Healthy Experience for Everyone --  but also by Doing so MAHG Limits the Amount of Funding that our Events Can Generate. A HUGE Thank You to All of You Who Contribute and Pitch-In -- Whether it be a One Time Donation, or Recurring Donations from Our Many Members Who Support Our Mission, Either Through Your Employer's Matching Program Our Directly to MAHG.

    • There is No Such Thing as Giving Too Little, and as a Charity, Your Donation is Tax Deductible (Tax ID[masked]) whether it be money, a car, or stock.

    • Please Click Here Now and Help Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group with Serving our Mission.

    • 100% of Every Dollar Goes Directly to the Expenses of Meeting our Mission.

    • Click Here to Learn more about Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission. 

    • Donations to Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group ARE TAX DEDUCTABLETax ID[masked]. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization. 

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    Certified Hike Leader,
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  • Shinyi
    Certified Hike Leader and Wilderness Medical First Responder,
    Event Host

    Endorphins Junkie

  • Mark P.
    Hike Leader,
    Event Host

    Like to hike, like to photograph

  • Brian C.
    Certified Hike Leader and Approved to Lead Very Strenuous Hikes!,
    Event Host

    Love the outdoors,shari­ng knowlage and hikes.

  • Dan
    Certified Hike Leader,
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    I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks. Daniel Boone

  • Cindy S.
    Certified Hike Leader,
    Event Host

    I have been hiking and backpacking since the 1980s - mostly in my home state of California....­ more

  • Virginia P.
    Hike Leader,
    Event Host

    Life's a journey not a race; I'm a hiker not a runner. I lead at a moderate pace.

  • Michael H.
    Certified Hike Leader and Wilderness Medical First Responder, Co-Organizer,
    Event Host

    I am a proud member of the Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group leadership team.

  • Justin C.
    Certified Hike Leader and Wilderness Medical First Responder, Co-Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Diane W.
    Certified Hike Leader,
    Event Host

    Having a blast hiking and discovering new sites. Excited to hike Scotland this April.

  • Pam
    Certified Hike Leader,
    Event Host

    Colorado made me fall in love with hiking. A trip down and up the Grand Canyon proved I was... more

  • Moss
    Certified Hike Leader, Member of MAHG Board of Directors,
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    [◉‿◉]

  • Wendell
    Certified Hike Leader,
    Event Host

    Looking for adventure on the trail. It's good exercise and an opportunity to interact with... more

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    Certified Hike Leader and Approved to Lead Very Strenuous Hikes!,
    Event Host

    Feel the need for hiking , Got Mountain ?

  • Lu
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    Event Host

    I'm always in heels but don't let that fool you. I still climb trees and with Rock Creek Park... more

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    Event Host

    Eddie Here. I am in love with the outdoors!

  • Debbie
    Certified Hike Leader,
    Event Host

    Outdoor exploration...­

  • Glenn
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    I have been hiking now for about 15 years. I enjoy traveling to different parts of the world and... more

  • Ted W.
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    Event Host

    Hi I'm a member of Friends of the Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway, and I... more

  • Tim W.
    Certified Hike Leader,
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    just me.

  • Deborah C.
    Certified Hike Leader,
    Event Host

    Hi, I'm Deb Cunningham. I enjoy hiking and the outdoors.

  • Leon
    Certified Hike Leader and Approved to Lead Very Strenuous Hikes!,
    Event Host
  • Jeremy
    Certified Hike Leader and Approved to Lead Very Strenuous Hikes!,
    Event Host

    Jeremy, from Harrisburg PA, love challenging hikes and being out in nature

  • Luke C.
    Certified Hike Leader and Approved to Lead Very Strenuous Hikes!,
    Event Host

    Enjoy walking/hiking­ and yoga! Would like to make some friends!

  • Stu S.
    Certified Hike Leader and Approved to Lead Very Strenuous Hikes!,
    Event Host

    I find hiking, biking and kayaking all great ways to enjoy special places, appreciate nature and... more

  • Paul M.
    CERTIFIED HIKE LEADER,
    Event Host

    I'm eager to meet everyone. I live in Ellicott City, MD and love the outdoors.

  • bahram
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    Event Host

    I am a scientist and enjoy international culture.

  • Kellie C.
    MAHG Founder, ED, and Certified Hike Leader, Organizer,
    Event Host

    Founder, Executive Director, and President of Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group, a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit....­ more

  • Seth
    Certified Hike Leader,
    Event Host

    I would like to go on hikes with other people.

  • Bill M.
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    Event Host

    Hello, I am looking for a hiking group in the area. I've hiked most of the NE AT... more

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    My name is Raimee-I love to sail, hike, camp, bike...lots of outdoors stuff! I also love to cook... more

  • Edward
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    I am an avid hiker, with a preference for longer, scenic, and challenging hikes.

  • Wayne M.
    Certified Hike Leader,
    Event Host

    Amateur hiker whose base camp is Ellicott City, MD but some day I'm going to hang out in a real... more

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    Event Host

    Looking forward to hiking.

  • Anita
    Certified Hike Leader and Approved to Lead Very Strenuous Hikes!,
    Event Host

    Love nature, love people, love life!

  • Russ
    Certified Hike Leader and Approved to Lead Very Strenuous Hikes!,
    Event Host

    Love outdoor exercise, with old friends and new.

  • Dave S
    Certifed Hike Leader and Certified in Wilderness First Aid,
    Event Host

    I enjoy walking and hiking. Whether it is a lunch break from work on the trails in... more

  • David C.
    Certified Hike Leader and Approved to Lead Very Strenuous Hikes!,
    Event Host

    Avid hiker always looking for new trails and steep climbs.

  • Dwayne J.
    Certified Hike Leader,
    Event Host

    I thoroughly enjoy the great outdoors and look forward to meeting you out on the trail!

  • Kevin M.
    Instructor for Hike Leader and LNT Certifications, Board Member,
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    Let's Go Hiking the 550 miles of the VA AT in 2014. I am looking forward to a great year on the... more

  • Rob H.
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    Event Host

    I love the outdoors and want to find new places in the area to hike.

  • Wei F.
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  • Eric S.
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    Event Host

    Enjoy hiking the AT and other trails as well as distance cycling. Want to meet new... more

  • Greg R.
    Certified Hike Leader and Approved to Lead Very Strenuous Hikes!,
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    I've only been in the area a couple years, and I really love the variety of outdoor... more

  • Mary T.
    Certified Hike Leader, Assistant Organizer,
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    I'm just a hiking fool, who loves the journey and enjoys sharing that journey with others.

  • Deirdre G.
    Certified Hike Leader,
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    After going on 2-3 hikes a week for the last year, I'm undeniably addicted.

  • Velvie
    Certified Hike Leader,
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  • Lei
    Certifed Hike Leader and Certified in Wilderness First Aid,
    Event Host

    "I don't give a damn for a man that can only spell a word one way." - Mark Twain

  • Steve C.
    Certified Hike Leader and Approved to Lead Very Strenuous Hikes!,
    Event Host

    Hi, I'm Steve. I'm a retired Firefighter. I got into hiking with my daughters and now I'm hooked.

  • Chuck
    Certified Hike Leader,
    Event Host

    Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or... more

  • Toby
    Certified Hike Leader,
    Event Host

    Hey there, I enjoy walking, looking for options for staying active, getting to know the area,... more

  • Susan C.
    Certified Hike Leader,
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    I live in Arlington and I love being on the trail when I can!

  • Kit B
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    I moved to the East Coast from Southern California a year ago and have fallen in love with... more

  • Rob M.
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    As a native New Englander, I've always enjoyed hiking - from small trails to Mt. Washington, Mt.... more

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    I would like to enjoy more hiking opportunities in the area

  • Dean S
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    Avid hiker with over 25 years experience including leading hikes throughout Maryland, Virginia,... more

  • Mark E
    Certified Hike Leader and Approved to Lead Very Strenuous Hikes!,
    Event Host

    Always good for a walk in the woods!

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    Certified Hike Leader,
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    Certified Hike Leader and Approved to Lead Very Strenuous Hikes!,
    Event Host

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    Certified Hike Leader

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    Certified Hike Leader and Approved to Lead Very Strenuous Hikes!,
    Event Host

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    Event Host

    I find crowds and noise tiring so I head for the woods to rejuvenate. Hikers (and... more

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Additional notes: Please note that this special event is non-refundable and non-transferable, period. Visit midatlantichikinggroup.org to learn MAHG's story and mission. Click 'Pages' tab for policy info & more. MAHG is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity - Tax ID 47-5141831

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