Hiking the Billy Goat Trail in Great Falls, MD

Morning, friends!

I had so much fun this weekend relaxing, playing outside, and hitting up friend’s BBQs. Yesterday, Matt and I went hiking with friends Ashley, Sokphal, and Margaret.


Ashley is moving to Richmond on Tuesday for grad school (so sad she’s leaving right when I return!! :( ), so she organized the hike as a fun last hurrah.



We hit up the Billy Goat Trail on the Maryland side of Great Falls Park. It’s my #1 favorite hike right in the DC area — it’s crazy that such beautiful scenery is a mere 20 minute drive from the city!




We had a great time hiking around. And also a very sweaty time — it was HOT out there yesterday!




So hot, in fact, that I may or may not have dunked part of my head in the water at one point… don’t judge. It felt awesome.


We hiked “Part A” of the trail, which is pretty strenuous with some fun rock scrambling. It took us about 3 hours total.





Fun way to spend a morning. :)

When we arrived home, I decided to whip up some of my Vegan 5 Minute No Bake PB Granola Bars (click for recipe) to snack on throughout the week. Matt has been requesting them for awhile and I finally picked up the ingredients yesterday! This is by far my most popular recipe on the blog — they are SO delicious and really quick and easy, too.



Getting to my internship at 7 a.m. means that I eat breakfast around 6 a.m., so I’m starved by about 9! These will be perfect to snack on in the mornings. I followed my usual recipe except that I doubled it (I’m going to freeze some of the bars for later), and I used sliced almonds instead of sunflower seeds. I also added some cinnamon to the mix, just for fun!


I used the Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice Cereal (pictured above) for the first time in these and LOVED it — in the past, I’ve used a different kind of puffed rice cereal, and this kind was WAY more awesome. They stayed really crunchy and gave the bars a great texture!


I chilled them in the fridge briefly and then Matt and I busted into them immediately to “sample” them, obviously.


Just as delicious as I remembered. If you’re never made these — do it! :)

Off to week 2 of my hospital internship — yay for a 4 day work week!


  1. 1

    These could be a great thing to take on my work trip this week and next. Do they keep well in tin foil?

  2. 3

    What a wonderful way to spend Memorial Day! And I’ve been seriously craving those granola bars for a few weeks. I really should get around to making them! :)

  3. 4

    I recently came across a cookbook you might like, “The Feed Zone Cookbook: Fast and Flavorful Food for Athletes”. It was written by a chef who prepares food for professional cycling teams, but the recipes are for great for people looking for healthy food on the go.

    The book mentions a product called “Martha Wrap”, which has foil on once side and parchment paper on the other. They used this to wrap their bars in. It’s from Martha Stewart.

  4. 6

    After spending the weekend with the family and eating things I should not have eaten, I am thumbing through my fANNEtastic food recipes. I think I shall make some fANNEtastic granola bars today. Have a wonderful day, Anne.

  5. 7

    Ah, we are hiking twins :) I was there yesterday morning too! We were on the Va side and I don’t remember the name of the trail, but it was hilly and HOT! Glad you had fun!

  6. 9

    I still need to hike that trail..I’ve heard it’s amazing!

  7. 10

    Looks like such a fun hike and a beautiful day! Those bars look amazing! I’ll have to try them out!

  8. 11

    The Billy Goat Trail is sooo much fun! People were doing it in FLIP FLOPS when I did it last year!

  9. 12

    That looks like a gorgeous hike! If I ever make it to that neck of the woods I will definitely check it out.

  10. 13

    looks like an awesome hike! I wish there was anything other than flat land here near Chicago!

  11. 14

    During the hike I kept thinking…”Old Rag is twice this long”… going to have to hike it this year, but when it’s cooler and when 3 hours doesn’t feel like it’s going to kill me.

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