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.
[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"