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Welcome to the official website of the Wilmington Trail Club!
 
The Wilmington Trail Club is an organization of people living in and around the Wilmington, Delaware area who participate in a variety of outdoor activities.
 
The club schedules almost 400 events each year lasting from a few hours to several days for hiking, backpacking, kayaking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, cycling, and car and canoe camping. Most events are in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or Maryland. Some events extend to other parts of the U.S. (Virginia, New York, New Hampshire) and the World. Trip leaders are club members who contribute their time, expertise, and effort.
 
We invite non-members to try us out by participating in two activities (at no cost) of their choice before joining. Children 18 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult.
 
On this website you’ll find all kinds of information to help you understand these activities, answer questions, and get involved.  So please use the menu at the left to take a look around; we hope you like what you see!

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State Park Fees

 Many of our events occur in nearby state parks, and some have entry fees.  Most of us find it cost effective to purchase a yearly or lifetime pass, if available.  Click on this link to view 2016 fee schedules.  Delaware parks only charge between March 1 and November 30.

 

 
55th Annual Brandywine Trail End-to-End Hike

The 55th edition was held on Saturday, April 9 under very unusual and challenging conditions. While we walked in temperatures in the high 30s at the 6 a.m. start, a light wet snow started later in the morning and continued on and off throughout the day. Despite the ominous forecast, 50 hikers started, and 30 finished, and more than 20 volunteers did a splendid job of providing aid and comfort to the intrepid hikers. Thank you all! The walking trophies were awarded at the annual banquet on April 23:

·      The first female WTC finishers were Jenny Goodall and Linda Jones in 10 hours 12 minutes. They win the WOMENS’ WALKING TROPHY

·      The first male WTC finisher was Jeff Stein in 10 hours 22 minutes.  He wins the DON BROWN WALKING TROPHY.

The complete list of participants and their achievements are here.


 
Hike Across Delaware is Saturday, November 5

             This annual hike follows the C&D canal from North Chesapeake City Maryland to Delaware City, Delaware. We usually have ideal fall weather, beautiful fall colors and lots of interesting boat traffic.  The modest fees of $14 for members, and $17 for nonmembers cover the bus trip, t-shirt and lunch and water at the rest stop after about 8 miles. We also offer the option of a car ride back from the rest stop.

            Join us for the fun of the 22nd annual HAD; registration is easy:

            o Click on this link for the form

            o Fill out the form in the August Bulletin

            o Find more information and the form here on the web page Hiking>Hike Across Delaware

 
  
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If you have recently become a WTC member and you can't see the Members section of the website, please send me an email ( bhardam@comcast.net ) so that I can make sure your account gets access to the member areas.