Western Corridor Hiking Series Hike 8 Mutual Mine thru Radar Hill to Rd. 24
This hike brings us into one of the many areas along the Western Corridor of the Florida National Scenic Trail maintained by the Suncoast Chapter. The Citrus Tract of the Withlachoochee State Forest features hills, sinks, limestone caves, hammocks and pine forests. This area is home to all manner of wildlife including deer, quail and a dense population of red-cockaded woodpeckers. The Citrus Tract has the largest population of red-cockaded woodpeckers in peninsular Florida. There are forty-eight clusters of woodpeckers in the forest. The forest is upland sandhill scrub, oak thickets, sand pine and longleaf pine. See info and nesting map here. We'll also venture into the Radar Hill area. There is very little shade for the last 2 miles of the long hike. You will be rewarded with great open vistas and some caves :-)
Wed. Jan. 8 - Elizabeth
Long hike: 11 miles thru Radar Hill to Rd. 24
Short hike: 7.5 miles to S. Brittle Road
Carpooling: If you would like to carpool, please post as a comment
We'll meet at the Lake Lindsay Store then run the shuttle and go the our starting point at the Mutual Mine TH. We'll need to know whether you'll be hiking 11 miles or 7.5 miles when you arrive - to do a proper shuttle. Be prompt.
What to Bring:--> 2 liters or quarts of water. Lunch and snacks. The water is not a guideline. It is a requirement for this hike. Snacks and Lunch. Sunscreen is optional.