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Hike: AT: Trillium Hike / G. Richard Thompson Wildlife Management Area, VA

  • May 4, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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PATC Map 8 / VA Bus

$25 (nonmembers $28) + park fee/pass.

Long hike: 12 mi., 3000 ft. ascent/descent. Short hike: 6 mi., 1400 ft. ascent/descent.


People flock from around the world to this nearby section of the Blue Ridge the first week of May for one reason: to see the extraordinary display of blooming trillium. We’ll make our annual pilgrimage with a new routing starting from the Trillium Parking Area on Rt. 638 atop the ridge. We’ll all join in a southerly loop – covering the best areas for trillium viewing – off the Appalachian Trail incorporating the “Tower,” Verlin Smith and Ted Lake Trails. Long hikers add a harder extension past Thompson Lake. All hikers end back at Trillium Parking.


Leaders:  Al Havinga 703/[masked] and Deborah Zatkowsky 703/[masked]


In addition to RSVP'ing here, call hike leaders directly to reserve a spot on the bus for this hike.


Please do not send text messages, as this may delay confirming your seat on the bus. And remember, if you are confirmed for a seat on the bus, please cancel your reservation with the hike leader if your plans change or you are unable to attend so that someone else can make a reservation in your place.

For additional details, see

Virginia Bus: Bus leaves from 16th and I Streets, NW, at 8:00 a.m. SHARP (VERY limited parking). Please arrive 10 - 15 minutes before departure time.


Additional pick-up points are as follows: Rosslyn – Key Bridge Marriott Hotel Bus Stop Vienna Metro – North Lot, Fair Lakes Bus Shelter (Nutley St. Exit off Interstate 66) Centreville Commuter Lot (by reservation only)

Details at:


Reservations: The Capital Hiking Club is a non-profit group, and the public is invited to join on all trips. Early reservations are appreciated! While reservations are accepted Friday, making your reservation prior to Thursday evening helps to ensure your seat on the bus, and prevents the cancellation of the hike due to low sign-ups.


Please contact hike leaders during the week of the hike, and place calls prior to 9:30 p.m. As a courtesy to other hikers and to the hike leaders, please let the leaders know if you must cancel, as early as possible, so that your reserved spot may be given to someone else.


Cost, what to wear, what to bring: Transportation costs are listed for each hike. Bring sufficient food and water for a day's outing in a day pack or fanny pack with individual First Aid articles, a whistle, and extra clothing according to the season. Sturdy boots or shoes are a necessity. It is recommended to carry 8 oz. of water per mile to be hiked. Gatorade or other electrolyte replacement drinks are also recommended.


For more information, visit our website and refer to our Frequently Asked Questions at


Liability Hikers are responsible for their own safety and must assume risks and liability for all outings. CHC leaders, officers, and representatives shall not be liable for any injuries, loss or damage to persons or property, direct or consequential, arising out of any trips or Club activities. Hikers must be able to keep a 2 mph pace.


(Optional) Membership $12.00 per year. Mail a check to our Membership Director to receive a quarterly hike schedule and reduced rates.

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  • Kimberly

    Fantastic day, with fantastic people! Thanks Al and Debbie for leading!

    May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I work Saturdays but will hike at Sunday events.

    April 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Al and Debbie, I'd like to go to this hike but need to just meet you there due to previous commitments. Is that possible? I left you a message Al. Thanks.

    April 29, 2013

    • Kimberly

      I also asked the same.....hoping that its okay!

      April 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have some other things I need to do:) sky

    April 29, 2013

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  • al h.
    Hike Leader, Paid Member thru 7-2016,
    Event Host
  • Andy B
    Hike Leader, Paid Member Thru 9-2016, Co-Organizer
  • Sonja +1
    Hike Leader, Paid Member Thru 7-2017
  • Vera G. +5
    Hike Leader, Paid Thru 4-2017
  • Brian
    Hike Leader, Trails Director, Paid Member Thru 1-2017, Assistant Organizer
  • Doug R.
    Hike Leader, Paid Member thru 7-2017
  • David K.
    Hike Leader, Paid Member Thru 6-2017
  • Stephanie
    Hike Leader, Web Editor; Paid Member Thru 4-2017, Co-Organizer
  • Ann G
    Hike Leader, Paid Member Thru 7-2017
  • Andy
    Paid Member Thru 6-2017
  • Lelia
    Paid Member Thru 8-2015
  • susan k.
    Hike Leader Paid Member Thru 7-2017
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member
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  • A former member
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