Ocean to Lake Trail - MP 0-15 W-E

DATE: Feb 25, 2017
END DATE: Feb 26, 2017

Trip/Event Location: Port Mayaca FL

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Ft Lauderdale, FL United States

Meeting Time: 8:00 AM

Max # People: 5

Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money

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Region: South Central - East

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The Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST) is 1 of only 11 National Scenic Trails in the country, and 1 of 3 contained entirely within a single state. This hike is the first 15 mile segment from the west - of the Ocean to Lake Trail - technically a side trail of the (FNST) - which runs from Lake Okeechobee to Hobe Sound on the ocean.

This will be a one overnight - backpack / camp - at a primitive campsite on the trail at the border of the DuPuis Reserve & Corbett wildlife areas in northwest Palm Beach county Florida.

We will begin on SAT- FEB 25 @ 8AM at milepost 0 at the LOST (Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail) / NENA (Northeast Everglades Natural Area) trailhead & small parking area (4-6 cars).

The first day is 15 miles east through the DuPuis Reserve following the familiar orange blaze of the Ocean to Lake Trail. The first few miles are fairly civilized with road & levee hard packed trail. Then we'll skirt the southwest portion of the DuPuis Reserve's loop trail. Here the trail becomes more remote and passes through classic Florida pinewoods & cypress swamps. We expect some water on the trail but no flooding during the dry season. The campsite for the night is right on the boundary of the DuPuis Reserve & Corbett wildlife areas. Daytime temps are forecast in the mid seventies & the overnite low averages in the mid fifties.

We apologize for the late posting as we have been preparing now for a couple of months - getting the proper gear - which should include a sleeping bag, tent or hammock, airpad optional & warm clothes (wool hat & socks) to make the overnite lows comfortable. Food for one dinner & breakfast plus lunch the second day along with water (which is available on the trail).

Both trip leaders have lots of camping & backpacking experience. For me this is the first combined backpack/camp. Very excited.

Day 2 we hike back a shorter distance (12-13 miles) utilizing the network fire breaks of grassy open spaces to shorten the distance and have fresh scenery for the return trip.

Many of the normal hiking essentials are required - sturdy hike shoes/boots; plenty of spare socks (wool are best); sun screen; bug spray (deet preferred); water; water purifiers; matches. There are NO hunting seasons of any type these dates. Small Game Season:ended January 22. Spring Turkey Season starts March 7.

You should have ample backpacking / camping experience. This will be strenuous in that we plan 15 miles the first day & 12-13 the second with rocks, mud, and although no elevation the trail can be tedious at times.

Please contact the trip leaders to make arrangements to meet up.

I95 to EXIT 76 Blue Heron Blvd. WEST (FL-708).
Bee Line Hwy NORTH (FL-710) 26MI.
SW Kanner Hwy WEST (FL-76)10MI.
SW Connors Hwy SOUTH (FL-441/98) SOUTH. ~2MI.
PAY ATTENTION for LOST/NENA Trailhead & small parking area on the right.

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Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate


United States

Outdoor Fitness Level: Strenuous

Ft Lauderdale, FL

United States

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Outdoor Fitness Level: Strenuous

Boca Raton, FL

United States
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