Mountain Biking in Florida!

THE PLAN:  This is a nice mountain bike park maintained by the Mudcutters Bike Club.  We will ride the awesome paths once, perhaps twice, depending how we feel!! 

*PLAN B (IN CASE OF TRAIL BEING CLOSED):  Summertime is Rainy Season here in Florida.  If the bike paths happen to be closed , we will head out to Bird Rookery Swamp Trails in Naples for a bike ride (still mountain bikes & hybrids required).   Please make sure you check the meetup site before heading out for the concrete plan!! :)  My contact info will be sent 24 hours before outing.

WHAT TO BRING:  *Water*, bagged lunch or snacks, and your sense of adventure!! :)

OPTIONAL/RECOMMEND:  Sun screen, bug spray, spare tire tube (just in case - you never know!).  Helmet is highly recommended!! Lots of trees, hills, rocks, etc.

COST:  The only cost is $5 for parking.

THE AFTER PLAN:  We will trek back to Naples and grab a brewski and a bite at Rusty's Raw Bar & Grill at  2700 Immokalee Rd., Naples.

 

The north side of the park is designated for mountain biking. 

This park features 768 acres of pine flatwoods, scrub oak, cypress swamps and oak hammocks. Crossing through them, you'll find over 20 miles of hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails. 

 

DescriptionThe trail consist of two main beginner stacked loops with several optional intermediate loops. Depending upon the assigned direction, the trail will start the first loop through a flat section of meadow to a wooded low section that includes three optional challenging climbs, followed by a short optional loop at the top of the last climb out. 



If the direction is clockwise, the start is along a ridge that follows next to a creek. Midway through the first loop is a picnic table and the intersection of the back loop. This loop has a shade canopy of pepper trees, a short rocky section, and three high water bridges. 



Optional loops off the back loop, include a skill area consisting of bridges, jumps, and a skinny to challenge the rider. The Far East loop is about two miles that works along a 15 foot ridge and offers short drops and climbs through a pepper tree canopy.History & BackgroundWhen the course of the Caloosahatche River was altered in the 1950s, workers had to put all that muddy land somewhere, so they piled it on the northern bank of the river in East Lee County. Little did they know, they were setting the groundwork for a future recreational treasure. 



In the 1960s, the State of Florida bought the land and turned it into the Caloosahatchee Regional Park, which is now managed by Lee County. In the Northern part of this park is 400 acres of hard-packed clay, with 15-foot ridges in spots, covered with exotic grasses and trees. It didn't take long for six recreational mountain bikers to recognize the obvious: with some work, this overlooked patch of land could be transformed into incredible mountain-biking terrain.

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  • Sheri

    Anybody interested in carpooling? Meet at the Walmart at 5420 Juliet Blvd, Naples (Corner of 75/Immokalee Rd), lot facing Immokalee Rd (auto dept area of Walmart) at 9:00!! Will leave 9:15 on the dot!! Please respond yes or no to the carpool in the comments ~ Thanks! **This is only if the bike ride is on for the Mountain Bike Trip at Caloosahatchee Regional Bike Park in Alva. If those trails are closed and we do the alternate bike trip at CREW Bird Rookery Swamp - just meet at that venue! Remember - check back for the concrete plan Friday evening!! :)

    July 17

    • Corey W.

      I'm down to car pool. I can fit 4 bikes in my truck but only room for 1 person.

      1 · July 18

    • Lareen

      Samantha and I will be at wal mart. Rack holds 3 car holds 4.

      1 · July 18

  • Corey W.

    Sheri, I haven't been out to the park in ages. Look forward to heading out there Saturday with you all. My messages do not work on here. Send me your number. [masked] I'd also be down to carpool if anyone has room for my bike and I. Or your welcome to ride with me.

    July 8

    • Sheri

      Corey - Tried texting you this morning with an update. Wrong number!!

      July 14

    • Corey W.

      [masked] that might solve the issue

      1 · July 14

  • mary

    Need to carpool too plus bike! HELP!!! Will contribute gas money.....js THank you : )

    July 13

  • John M

    man, I wish I could be there for this ride......

    July 7

    • Sheri

      I'm sure I'll set it up again, cuz I love it! Let me know when you're in town, and I'll be sure to set it up!

      July 7

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