See this map for more details on parking.
There are a couple of decent hills on the trail so we rank it moderate in difficulty. Generally speaking, the trails were in good shape, but as always you need to be careful for rocks, roots, and sticks buried under leaves.
Begin in the parking lot near Boundary Bridge. You will be starting the hike on Rock Creek Park's Village Trail (pink trail on the map).
About 0.8 mi into the hike, the trail splits. Go to your right under the bridge so that you do not need to cross W Beach Dr.
You will be on the trail for another 0.9mi when the trail splits again. Instead of staying on the Village Trail, make a right and cross the bridge (Riley Spring Bridge). After crossing the bridge you will need to cross Beach Drive. Be careful here as speeding cars are common.
After crossing the street, you will bear to the right as you make your way to toward the Western Ridge Trail (green trail on the map). You make it to the Western Ridge Trail about 0.4mi after you cross Beach Drive. Make a right.
In another 0.2 mi or so, you will cross Wise Rd. Again exercise caution as cars speed on these roads. Continue straight ahead and after another 0.7mi and you should see the parking lot adjacent to Boundary Bridge where you started.