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Wildflower Hike on the A.T. (Sky Meadows)

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Paris, VA
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Apr 30 2006  11:00 am  (Carpool Departure: 9:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Sat, Apr 15 2006 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Apr 29 2006 12:59 pm
Event Duration:About 5-6 hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Event Organizer(s):
Kate Copanic
Jeff Schneider
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:35
Minimum Group Size:5
Number Registered So Far: 15 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Please join the MOC for a 9.6 mi. hike on the Appalachain Trail. We will be crossing through the Thompson Wildlife area, which is noted for its Wildflowers in Early Spring:
Here, hikers and wildflower lovers stake as much a claim to the beautiful surroundings as do outdoorsmen. There is an abundance of wildflowers--the area is believed to harbor the largest population of large-flowered trillium in North America. Virginia's Native Plant Society lists the Thompson WMA on its register of important native plant sites.

The trailhead is Ashby Gap, where US 50 crosses the Appalachian Trail. We will gradually gain 900 ft, going through the beautiful Sky Meadows State Park and the Thompson Wildlife Management Area. At mile point 4.8, we will eat lunch at the Dick's Dome Shelter and turn around back to Ashby Gap.

Required Items to Bring:
- Footwear for rocky terrain
- Review the MOC's hiking checklist for appropriate equipment
- Packed lunch
- Plenty of water (at least 2 liters)
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
- Camera
- Hat/visor
- Trekking poles
- Gaitors - Money for your carpool driver and/or post-hike optional dinner

How to Get There:
Event Directions:From Baltimore: Take i-95 to 495w to 66w. Follow below from 66w.

From DC.: 66w to exit #57B . Take 50w

You will be on 50w for about 35 miles. The AT crosses US 50 .25 mile west of Ashby Gap, which is a mile past Paris. Take a right on VA 601 (Blue Ridge Mtn. Road). About two tenths of mile north of US 50 on the hill, look for a sign on your left for Trailhead parking. The PATC parking lot is on the west side of VA 601.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):0Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 9:30 am
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