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G.R. Thompson WMA Loop

 3.0 (5)

6.4 Miles 10.2 Kilometers


70%

Singletrack

1,237' 377 m

Ascent

-1,236' -377 m

Descent

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

2,169' 661 m

High

952' 290 m

Low

Shared By Jonathan McCormick

Conditions


All Clear 72 days ago
Dry - encountered several bear (without incident). going clockwise the down hill section is fairly narrow due to vegatation. also a bit washed out in several areas during the last mile History

Getting forecast...

This loop can be ridden in either direction and requires a short jaunt on Freezeland Rd.

Jonathan McCormick

Dogs Leashed

Features -none-

Overview

This route features steep loose climbs and blazing fast downhill. The clockwise direction provides a slightly easier climb and a gnarlier downhill.

Need to Know

Beware:
-This is a Wildlife Management Area, so visit the Department of Game & Inland Fisheries website to know when hunting occurs.
-The trails can be overgrown at times and aren't maintained frequently.
-The Appalachian Trail crosses in a few places. Bikes are not allowed on the A.T.
-This is a multi-use trail system and equestrians may be present.

Description

Park and ride from Lake Thompson Parking Area. To ride the clockwise direction, continue on the Trillium Trail and keep the lake to your right. You'll ride some steep singletrack that will eventually turn to doubletrack after riding next to the fence line of a vineyard (great views). This trail passes the turn off for Verlin Smith Trail after around 1.5 miles and then crosses the A.T. (white blazes) at around mile 2.3 and continues up to Freezeland Road. At the road, turn right and ride the pavement until the WMA kiosk. Ride down the Upper Thompson Lake Trail for 2.5 miles until you reach the lake and the parking area.

Contacts

Land Manager: Virginia DGIF - Thompson

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Apr 6, 2018
Bryon Stewart
Riding counter clockwise from Thompson lake is harder. The first 1.5 mi has steep climbs in loose rock. These sections are easier to descend. 9mi — 2h 00m

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