Oak Ridge Wilderness Day Hike!

This hike will follow the same route  as our 12/20/2013 hike AND WILL INVOLVE A KNEE DEEP 15 FT WIDE WADE...Bring sandals or watershoes for the creek crossing if you don't want your hiking shoes wet.

This is Bassett Creek on 12/20/2013. THIS IS THE SAME CREEK WE WILL FORD ON 1/18/2014.

There is a  Family Hunt scheduled at  Oak Ridge / Washburn for the Weekend of Jan 17-19. Public access for equestrians and hikers is not restricted. HOWEVER, ALL HIKERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO WEAR BLAZE ORANGE OR OTHER HIGH VISIBILITY CLOTHING. NO EXCEPTIONS!

There is no fee for this hike. There is no fee to park and you need not be a member of FTA to participate.  

HOWEVER, IF YOU REGULARLY ENJOY OUR ACTIVITIES AND PLAN TO CONTINUE BEING PART OF OUR GROUP, WE WOULD LIKE TO ASK YOU TO JOIN THE FLORIDA TRAIL ASSOCIATION 

Oak Ridge Tract is one of my favorite areas to hike and explore. Much of this tract was never logged, hence it is rich in majestic old growth oak, and lush, dense palm forest. 

We will be hiking on a combination of marked, equestrian/hiker trail and lots of unmarked, unmapped, overgrown trail and old roadbed. It will be a rugged path. Expect serious hog wallow. 

This will be a 12 mile hike with no shorter bailout option.  You must be in excellent physical condition AND be comfortable in a minimally maintained wilderness environment.  You must bring 2 litres of water minimum. Bring whatever food, personal items you need and a ground cloth for sitting. 

Proper footwear is essential and a trekking pole is recommended.

Oak Ridge is a SWFWMD conservation land and is maintained to a much lesser degree than our nearby county and state parks. There are no restrooms or potable water at the trailhead. There is a Shell store and Publix plaza at the corner of Cross Creek blvd and Morris Bridge Road. 

Lenny

[masked] day of hike

..... quote from WILLIAM BARTRAM, English botanist, commenting on Florida's astonishing natural beauty while on his journey in the 18th century exploring the southern colonies..........

"Whilst I, continually impelled by a restless spirit of curiosity, in pursuit of new productions of nature, my chief happiness consisted in tracing and admiring the infinite power, majesty, and perfection of the great Almighty Creator"




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  • Lenny C.

    Hey Gang,

    You might have all read about the incident this weekend at Oak Ridge during a legal hunt. For our recent Jan 18 hike, I had stated that if participants were not properly attired with blaze orange or high visibility clothing or pack cover, that you would not be allowed to hike.

    Yet a few still missed the message, I caved and did not enforce my own rule. Going forward that will not be the case..if we hike out there again during a legal hunt and one does not have the proper attire, they will be sent home.

    http://www.baynews9.com/content...­

    February 18

  • diane

    enjoyed the hike very much it warmed up nicely nice to meet everyone thank you lenny!!

    1 · January 20, 2014

  • Marie

    perfect!

    January 19, 2014

  • Marie

    This hike was fantastic! The scenery was spectacular and diverse. Had no idea it was so close to home. Thanks for your leadership and warm welcome Lenny. Enjoyed meeting so many happy and nature loving people!

    1 · January 19, 2014

  • Sue

    perfect weather for a long day hike, and great group. Thanks Lenny for leading a really scenic and interesting hike!

    1 · January 19, 2014

  • Lenny C.

    Thanks to everyone who came out on this beautiful day...glad to show you around one of my favorite places .... greatly enjoyed everyone's company! You all made my day!!

    1 · January 19, 2014

  • Arlene/Marty Winick-DYNAMIC D.

    Up & across he creek WITHOUT a paddle but WITH 2 garbage bags!

    January 19, 2014

  • Mike N.

    Check out our GPS track for the hike (photo 4) 12.2 miles

    January 19, 2014

  • Vickey E.

    As always, it was a great hike. The weather was perfect and the company is the best!

    1 · January 18, 2014

  • Mike N.

    Very nice, varied hike, with the added thrill of the cold canal crossing at the end! Lenny has done it again!

    1 · January 18, 2014

  • Todd P.

    Sorry Lenny we're still on the way home from a Missisppi hunting trip and it's 1:15AM and we're still in the panhandle, I'll never make it in time, not to mention no sleep, sorry! I'll catch you on the next one, enjoy yourself and stay warm!

    January 18, 2014

  • diane

    lenny can I ask is the creek crossing in the beginning or later into the hike..or do I start in hiking boats or water shoes??
    thanks

    1 · January 17, 2014

    • Lenny C.

      Good question Diane.... it is at the end with 2 miles to go..... I meant to post that... thanks for the reminder.....camping is available if you want to stay over.....

      January 17, 2014

  • Marie

    Thanks. Will plan on Saturday night.

    January 17, 2014

  • Marie

    Is it possible for me to make this a Saturday night backpacking trip for myself by adding another hike afyetwards? Not sure about logistics for parking and regulations. Thanks.

    January 17, 2014

  • Lenny C.

    I was out there yesterday around 4:pm to do a little pruning around the creek crossing. Temps were mid 50ish..Water level seemed slightly lower than on 12/20 but was not cold at all walking the 2 miles back to my car. I had sweats in my pack to change into but did not need them.

    1 · January 17, 2014

  • Marie

    I would love to join you tommorow if you have enough cancellations.

    January 17, 2014

  • Lenny C.

    Hello Everyone,

    Well I suppose I am pleased that so many want to go hiking Saturday in spite of the presence of rifle toting hunters and the knee deep creek crossing. Please make sure you read the hike description thoroughly, take it literally, are in the proper physical condition, and properly equipped to complete this hike. Please look at the photo posted on the hike description. That is the actual hike and current water level that we will be fording.

    I don't know how many hunters will be out there, and we may not actually encounter them,but again, you must wear bright, high visibility clothing or pack cover, preferably blaze orange which hunters are accustomed to.

    If you have changed your mind or cannot attend, please change your RSVP to reflect so. Let me know if you have any questions.

    January 15, 2014

  • David A.

    Hint regarding blaze orange shirts: Try the men's sportswear clothing at Marshalls or T.J. Maxx. They always have quick drying orange shirts cheap. I just bought one for $7.99 that is beyond blaze orange. That explains the cheap price.

    1 · January 15, 2014

  • Jon D.

    Roughly how long do you anticipate the hike taking?

    January 15, 2014

    • Lenny C.

      Jon, from start time, it will be about 6+ hours including breaks, the creek crossing will slow us down as some will want to change shoes. I think we spent 20-25 minutes with that exercise last time and we have a larger group this time.

      January 15, 2014

  • Michael M.

    Lenny...I just found out today I have to work Saturday so I'm changing my res. I still look forward to getting out on the trails with the group in the near future !

    January 13, 2014

  • Todd P.

    Lenny is a smart guy and an experienced hiker, PLEASE listen to him about ALL the things you need to bring like A LOT of water, it's too late to try and play the "Make Up" game once you get dehydrated! Everyone in this group is really good about watching out for each other and there're a fun bunch so if you haven't been out with them before I encourage you to please join us for the day! I'm 54 and feel like I'm 24 with them, they are a blast to be around! Although I may feel like I'm 94 that night if it gets like a summer day out of nowhere. Look forward to seeing everyone, thank you Lenny, your a great Organizer, you really made me feel welcome on my first trip!!!

    1 · December 23, 2013

  • Arlene/Marty Winick-DYNAMIC D.

    Marty & I have reservations at Oak Ridge for Fri-Sunday. Fellow campers are welcome, just let me know. Arlene

    1 · January 9, 2014

  • Arlene/Marty Winick-DYNAMIC D.

    OOOOO I love to wallow with pigs but I'll have no creek to cross to get clean so .... Look forward to another of Lenny's mystery hikes (OK we know where we're going but nothing else. arl

    December 22, 2013

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