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Join us for a hike on the rough and rocky Section A of the Billy Goat Trail along the Potomac River, with spectacular views of the river rushing through Mather Gorge. Starting from the parking lot across MacArthur Boulevard from the Old Anglers Inn, we go North and West on the C&O Canal towpath, then continue on the Billy Goat almost to the Great Falls. Depending on the time, we may or may not hike the rest of the way to the Falls on the towpath. Either way, we will return to the parking lot by the towpath. The hike is moderately challenging, with climbing over rocks and balancing on them. There is one diagonal descent across a steeply sloping rock face via a narrow ledge. Strong fear of heights would be disastrous. Sturdy shoes or hiking boots are required— boots provide more protection against sprained ankles. Bring snacks and water. Hiking poles are also recommended. From DC, take Canal Road and then Clara Barton Parkway toward Montgomery County Maryland. Just beyond Carderock, and about 2 miles after you cross under I-495, Clara Barton ends at MacArthur Boulevard. Take a left. Continue on MacArthur until you come to the Old Anglers Inn on the right, just as MacArthur takes a right turn and goes up a hill. Immediately after the uphill turn, go left into the lot and park. If that lot is full, head back the way you came on MacArthur. People do park along the level part of MacArthur on the inbound side, regardless of the no parking signs. We will meet in the parking lot. [masked], [masked] From VA, go North on 495, and immediately after the Legion Bridge take exit 41 for Clara Barton Parkway toward Carderock. On 495 from MD, exit 41 for Clara Barton toward Carderock is after River Road, and immediately before the Legion Bridge.
We'll meet at the picnic area at the McKeldin Area of Patapsco Valley State Park at 10 AM. We'll wait 15 minutes for late arrivals. Then we'll start out counterclockwise (SW, initially) on the Switchback Trail, descending towards the Patapsco River. Well pass McKeldin Rapids on a rocky path, and then turn up the narrow valley of the North Fork of the Patapsco. When the gorge narrows, we'll turn up a trail and road back to the picnic area. After the hike, we can have a picnic lunch, so you may want to bring a n item to share. A hat, sunscreen, bug-spray and water are recommended. Boots are not required but my be helpful. It's about 5 miles, with 500 ft of vertical rise, and should take 2 ½ to 3 hrs. Pace will be moderate, with stops for nature and scenery. This hike is suitable for most grownups and active kids' AMC Trip Policy
To apply for this AMC Adventure Travel trip, please see "Additional Information" at the end of this announcement. ------------- During a grand tour through three mountain ranges of southwest Bulgaria, we will experience breathtaking scenery, visit historic and cultural sites, and hike eight days. Highlights of the hiking includes: - Rhodope Mountains: Trigrad Gorge, Devil's Throat Cave with underground waterfall (42m/138ft), Eagle's Eye Overlook, and Yagodina Cave. - Pirin Mountains (UNESCO World Heritage Site): Polezhan Summit (2851m/9354ft); numerous glacier lakes, including largest, Popovo; Banderishki Lakes Cirque; Todorina Porta; Yulen Nature Reserve; Todora's Eyes Lakes; Demyanitsa River; Mt Vihren (2914m/9560ft; Bulgaria's 2nd highest & Pirin's highest); Giant Caldron; Karst areas with endangered species; and Skakavitsa Waterfall (70m/230ft). - Rila Mountains: Seven Rila Lakes Cirque; Musala summit (2925m/9596ft; Balkans' highest), views from which include Bulgaria's six major mountain ranges. Cultural and historical highlights include a walking tour of Sofia and of old town Plovdiv, he Monastery, Shiroka Laka, the rustic Zhrebevo village, and the Rila Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage Site). We will stay in comfortable hotels and inns with shower or bath. The trip is rated moderate to vigorous. The hikes will all be day hikes (no backpacks), ranging from easy to strenuous. Applicants must be experienced hikers who have done multi-day hiking trips, and are capable of doing an 11-mile hike with an elevation change of +2600/-4000ft in a variety of terrain and weather at a moderate pace. Requirements: This is a trip for experienced hikers who enjoy an active vacation. Applicants must be experienced hikers who have done multi-day hiking trips and are capable of doing an 11-mile hike with an elevation change of +2600/-4000 in a variety of terrain and weather at a moderate pace. The hikes will all be day hikes (no backpacks), ranging from easy to strenuous. We will hike for eight consecutive days, from three to seven hours per day, at a moderate pace. Cost: The estimated cost is $2,150, which includes all land transportation, lodging, meals, and guided tours. Airfare is not included. Leaders: Mike Darzi & Annemarie Langhan. Additional Information: For a detailed prospectus with a full itinerary, see www.bit.ly/Bulg2019Prosp . For more information on how to apply for participation, contact Mike ( [masked] ).
To apply for this AMC Adventure Travel trip, please see "Additional Information" at the end of this announcement. ------------- The Four Corners region in the American Southwest is the heart of Native American and Ancestral Puebloan culture. This area also offers incredible hiking in red rock country. We will "discover" incredible ruins and ancient rock art. We will see enormous natural bridges and hike in remote steep sided canyons. We will visit, and hike at eight spectacular and fascinating sites: Mesa Verde National Park, Chaco Culture National Historic Park, Hovenweep National Monument, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Natural Bridges National Monument, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, and Cedar Mesa/Grand Gulch. We will become familiar with contemporary Native American societies, and learn about their ancestors who occupied these same lands for thousands of years. We will learn the history, archeology and geology of these special places. Join us on a journey that will enchant and deepen our understanding of those who came before us. We will stay in modest motels, double occupancy, in two quaint towns, and travel in SUVs. Hiking: This trip is rated moderate to vigorous. We will hike for eight consecutive days, from three to eight hours per day. Most of the hikes will be 4–6 miles in length, with two longer hikes of 8–14 miles. All the hikes have less than 1500’ of elevation gain. However, the terrain will be rugged and steep in places, and requires agility. There may be short sections on narrow trails with exposure (steep drop-offs). We will hike at a modest pace, which will permit time for photos and rest breaks. Requirements: Participants should be in excellent shape and be able to hike for most of the day. People wishing to participate on this trip must have previous hiking experience at the intermediate level or higher. Although the hiking will be over moderately strenuous terrain at a moderate pace, this is not a trip for beginners or people who do not hike on a regular basis. You should already be in good physical condition by the time you arrive. Cost: The cost for the trip is $2,195, which includes all meals, accommodations, and park entry fees. The cost does not include air fare. Leaders: Mike Darzi & Tim Linehan. Additional Information: For a detailed prospectus with a full itinerary, see www.bit.ly/SWAdv2019Prosp . For more information on how to apply for participation, contact Mike ( [masked] ).