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Lets go Back Packing in the Withlacoochie Forest Croom Tract

This will be another Traning Hike for all Appalachian Trail Hikers.

Darren will cash water for us at the camp site, so bring additional Gallons of water to provide him when you arrive at Tucker Hill.

March 8 - 9, Weekend Backpacking, Croom Tract Withlacoochee State Forest. Come out for the first overnight of 2014. We'll hike the Croom loop to the primitive camp on the Withlacoochee River for the night. Meet at the Tucker Hill Trailhead parking area at 2:30. On Saturday, we will hike a little over 6 miles to the camp, including hiking through some of the hilliest terrain in Florida. There will be a waterdrop for this hike, so you may not need to have your filter with you for Saturday night. Also have $2 with you for parking at Tucker Hill.

• Suggested Gear List: Internal frame pack, about 3 to 3.5 lbs.

• Features are nice, but add weight. Trash bag or a roll top packliner and a pack cover. Lightweight backpacking tent with a tyvek groundsheet. Trekking pole tents work well.

• Sleeping bag, down or synthetic. Be prepared for cold temperatures, possibly down to freezing. Most hikers start with synthetic and eventually purchase down. If using synthetic, you may want to carry the bag in a compression sack. Sleeping pad, closed cell foam (z rest) or inflatable. Backpacking stove, such as alcohol, canister, or an integrated canister system (jetboil). There really isn't any need for a multifuel expedition stove in Florida.

• One cookpot, spork and a lighter. Boil and eat type foods for Saturday's dinner and snacks. No canned food. Two liter hydration system for the hike or a couple plastic bottles of water. A plastic bottle of water from the convenience store weighs a lot less than a nalgene. Platypus collapsible bottles work great and are the lightest option. Filter, steripen, or water purification tablets or drops for treating water Saturday night and for the hike out on Sunday.

• Synthetic and wool, quick drying clothing only. No jeans or cotton. Packable raingear and broken-in hiking shoes. Trail runners can be worn with a light enough pack, otherwise wear the newer hiking boots for support. Trekking poles. Other items: Compass (maps are available at the trailhead), whistle, headlamp with new batteries, small roll of duct tape, bandana or pack towel, camp soap (doc bronners), hand sanitizer, bio-degradable TP only, mosquito repellant and sunblock, small knife (there really isn't any need for a multi-tool), extra line (triptease), camp shoes (lightest version of crocs you can find), and a sit pad (small square of foam pad or tyvek). All pesonal items such as the camp soap should be repackaged into the smallest container needed for the hike. If you are new to these weekend backpacking trips, feel free to PM me with any gear questions or for some low-cost, lightweight ideas to help make your hike more enjoyable.

Directions: From I-75 Northbound at Exit 301 (SR 50) take a right and proceed east to Croom Rital Road (second light, before the bicycle trail overpass). Turn left on Croom Rital Road and follow to the Silver Lake Recreation Area. Continue past Silver Lake towards the next bicycle trail trailhead/parking area. Immediately past this trailhead, keep straight (avoid Nobleton Road to the right). This become Forest Road 6. Proceed approximately 3 miles on FR 6 to the Tucker Hill Trailhead parking area. Forest Road 6 is passable to all vehicles.

From downtown Brooksville, head north on US 41 to Croom Road (CR 480). Take a right and proceed east on Croom Road for approximately 4 miles till the paved road ends at the State Forest boundary. This becomes Forest Road 6. Continue straight ahead to the parking area on right.

 

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  • Sheri A.

    Here at campsite. Craig answer your damn phone

    2 · March 8, 2014

    • Craig G.

      I don't get a signal in this part of the forest. It doesn't pay to call me.

      1 · March 12, 2014

  • Craig G.

    Thanks to everyone who came out and made this little back packing trip so much fun. In fact, it was so much fun I had to book this trip for the next two weekends.

    March 12, 2014

  • Sheri A.

    Craig, thanks for organizing a great outing, just what I needed

    March 10, 2014

  • Madeline

    Had a great time and looking forward to the next training trip!

    1 · March 9, 2014

  • Sheri A.

    craig, I put an address in for the fire tower, best info I could find from suncoast florida trail association. I think it is correct the also list some gps coordinates, going out early, i think so if I find it is not correct will try to change. Mapquest address 26416 Croom Rd. for directions.

    GPS coord. N[masked]: W[masked]

    March 8, 2014

  • Sheri A.

    Craig, I want to go out earlier in the day set up and go slack packing. Does anyone else want to go ? which loop are we hiking? where is the campsite?

    March 7, 2014

    • Sheri A.

      http://activerain.com...­- So looking at this map is it the twin pond hunt campground?

      March 8, 2014

    • Sheri A.

      OMG - alrighty, I finally found a decent map - not an easy feat, I am assuming it is the one to the left of forest road 6. If this is correct please give me a Holla. I really want to get out there and pitch the tent and slack pack a little today. It's a lovely area.

      March 8, 2014

  • Madeline

    Anyone coming from the Orlando area and want to carpool?

    March 5, 2014

    • Rachael D.

      Decided not to go. Have a blast in the woods. See you next time.

      March 7, 2014

    • Madeline

      Ok. Thanks for letting me know.

      March 7, 2014

  • Craig G.

    The Low Temps Sat night look like in the mid 40's. Bring proper clothes and sleeping bag and we'll get a fire going to keep warm.

    March 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are there plenty of trees to hang a hammock where we're camping?

    March 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks.

      March 6, 2014

    • Madeline

      Y'all make for some good reading on here, lol. ;-)

      March 7, 2014

  • Summer S.

    I am sad I can't go. My niece is coming into town and spending the night. I haven't seen her in months. Sorry I have to miss out. Craig, I hope you plan other trip soon.

    March 7, 2014

  • Rachael D.

    This event needs a location. I was just checking to see how far a drive it is and what a convenient carpool option might be for Madeline and me. Please inform.

    March 7, 2014

    • Craig G.

      I followed by telenav phone GPS with this address and it looks like this address will take you to Tucker Hill trail head parking. Be Sure to follow the directions also listed at the bottom of the event description. Once you pass the Silver Lake parking area, the next parking Trail Head is Tucker Hill. Its 4 or 5 miles further up the road.

      March 7, 2014

    • Craig G.

      Thanks Andy

      March 7, 2014

  • Craig G.

    Wow, I get to hike with Nondy. I'd better work out this week. Any way we can get KC on this list - Anyone?

    1 · March 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      That's funny. You must be thinking of my twin.

      1 · March 5, 2014

  • Sheri A.

    Craig,
    Can I bring a surprise plus one?

    March 5, 2014

    • Craig G.

      Of course!! Surprise me!

      2 · March 5, 2014

  • Charlie H.

    I assume we will be hiking on the FT. Are we going 6 miles north or 6 miles south.

    March 4, 2014

    • Craig G.

      Charlie, its a loop.

      March 4, 2014

  • Charlie H.

    The maps I can find show loop A, B, or C. Which loop will we be on?

    March 4, 2014

    • Craig G.

      Charlie, meet at the Tucker Hill Fire Tower. Read the event description, it will tell you where we meet and the route we are taking. Its only about 5 miles in and 5 miles out.

      March 4, 2014

  • Darren M.

    If you want some refreshments for sitting by the fire, bring it. I will stash a cooler out there with the water.

    March 4, 2014

  • Rachael D.

    What's a waterdrop?
    I have plans for the 8th, but I might cancel to go on this trip.

    March 4, 2014

    • Craig G.

      Were driving our water to the camp site prior to the hike.

      March 4, 2014

    • Craig G.

      Darren is a very experienced Hiker, and his knowledge will benefit us all. This is a good tune up hike to go on.

      1 · March 4, 2014

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