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Keeping my promise.... Join us for a 5 mile hike as we cover the northern trails at Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. Our pace will be moderate- not slow nor too fast. Leader’s choice of trails. If our timing is good we'll see George the gator in the canal. We'll also walk the Cypress dome boardwalk. Restrooms are on the premises. Bring sun protection and a drink. Trails will be dry.
BRING BUG SPRAY !
After the hike, those interested can stop at nearby Bedner's Farm Fresh Market to view and/or purchase local grown produce.
Hike Leader: Steve Galla,[masked]
Directions: The Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is located 10 miles west of Boynton Beach off Route 441- State Road 7, and easily reached by taking I-95 or the Turnpike. There is a parking fee. Google maps has a complete set of directions to our hike. The address is:
Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
10216 Lee Road
Boynton Beach, FL
Leader's choice of trails. About 5 miles, moderate pace. No stragglers please. Cypress Creek Natural Area is filled with trails. This is the first for this season which includes several of my favorite routes in Cypress Creek. Today: THICK WOODS TO OPEN PRAIRIES. Leader determines pace, route, and number of stops. A walking stick is helpful. Bring water and a snack. Steady rain postpones hike. If showers are in the forecast, bring a poncho. Limited to 30 participants.
Directions: 10035 Indiantown Road, Jupiter, FL. (not a mailing address) The parking lot is located on the north (right) side of Indiantown Road, approximately one mile west of Florida's Turnpike by Jupiter Farms Road on State Road 706, just past Riverbend Park. There is a McDonald's and a Publix across the road from the parking lot. Use either place prior to the hike for a quick snack or your restroom needs. No restrooms other than off-trail spots will be found on the hike.
Hike Leader Steve. Text me at[masked] with questions or send me an email: [masked] I will send you an email reminder a few days before the hike. No no-shows. Sign up only if you intend to attend
Enjoy a 8-12 mile hike at 3-3.5 mph. in a very scenic and unique wildlife refuge in southern Palm Beach County. Everyone must be able to hike the entire route--this hike is not for beginners. On this hike you will see rare birds nesting in their natural environment and other wildlife as well. The Visitor's Center at Loxahatchee was recently renovated. The inside displays contain magnificent examples of wildlife found in the area and show a history of the feeding waters for the Everglades (which Loxahatchee is part of) from prehistoric times through the present. The hike should last about 4-4.5 hours. BRING at least TWO LARGE BOTTLES OF WATER,SNACKS,RAIN PONCHO(no umbrellas),and SUN SCREEN. Parking fee: $5.00 or FREE if you have NPS pass or Loxahatchee Pass. Directions: The refuge is located about 10 miles west of Boynton Beach, Florida. It is accessible from Interstate 95 and the Florida Turnpike by going west on either Boynton Beach Blvd or Atlantic Ave in Delray Beach, until you reach Highway 441/State Road 7. From Boynton Beach Blvd., proceed south on Hwy 441/SR7 for two miles and turn west onto Lee Road. From Atlantic Ave. turn North on 441 and left onto Lee Rd
Those who sign up and can no longer attend MUST change their RSVP by 10/27 at 5 PM.
The Rookery Trail opens Oct..1 so this will be our first chance to hike this trail this season. The Bird Rookery is open for a limited amount of time until the birds start nesting again. There will be a lot of beautiful sites and wildlife to admire.
READ THE DIRECTIONS AT THE BOTTOM! THIS ISN'T EASY TO FIND WITHOUT THEM. YOUR GPS WILL NOT GET YOU THERE!!!!! THE HIKERS WHO TOOK 95 HAD A MUCH EASIER TIME GETTING HERE--THEY HAD NO PROBLEMS WHILE MANY WHO TOOK THE TURNPIKE HAD A HARD TIME.
We will hike approx. 10+ miles.
Our pace will be approx. 3 mph and we will stop for lunch break and a few quick water-sightseeing breaks. THIS HIKE IS FOR INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED HIKERS.
We will meet at the SWA Palmetto Trailhead parking lot at 45th Street and Jog Road at 7:30 AM and hike at 7:45 AM. Please be on time as we will not wait nor will we go back for anyone who arrives late. If this is your first time at this site please leave yourself extra time to find it.
You will need your normal hiking extras---at least 2 large bottles of water(can't hike without it),snacks,lunch,sunscreen,rain poncho, and insect repellent( in case you need it). Plan on 5+ hours for this hike.
Attendance LIMIT for this hike is 15 hikers. MUST RSVP by Dec.8 at 5PM or CHANGE your RSVP to NOT GOING if you can no longer attend by Dec.9 at 5PM as well.
COVID-19 RULES WILL BE FOLLOWED. To see the rules click on More and then Discussion Board.
DO NOT rely on your GPS or Google for directions because you might not get there!
From I-95 take 45th Street exit west. ( Go about 3 miles -- you will pass the SWA Admin. Bldg. parking lot. Stay in the left lane.) After Haverhill Rd you will go over the turnpike and then 45th Street curves north and becomes Jog Rd. Not far past Haverhill Rd.approx. 1.5 miles on the left you will see a small blue sign PALMETTO TRAIL HEAD PARKING LOT and a landfill will be on the right. Make the U-turn and then right into the parking lot access rd. At stop sign make right into parking area.
From Turnpike: Take exit 107 Beeline HGWY. Go a short distance and make a Left on N. Jog RD. go 2.8 miles. Entrance will be on right. ( Small blue sign Palmetto Trail Head Parking Lot). At stop sign make another right into parking area.
MY cell phone will be on Sat. AM[masked]