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2014 WINTER WEDNESDAY HIKING SERIES - HIKE #1

Winter is a great time to hike in Florida. This will be the 20th year that this mid-week hiking group has gone out each Wednesday in January, February & March to participate in a 7-9 mile day hike. This year the hikes will cover the FNST in the Ocala National Forest. The plan is to hike the Eastern Corridor trail from Rodman Reservoir to Clearwater Lake. Hikers will also explore some side trails, springs, sinkholes & the Western Corridor trail. Some camping & paddle trips will be added to the series this year. Mark your calendars and clear your schedule on Wednesdays so you can join the group and “HIKE THE FOREST!”

OCALA NATIONAL FOREST FNST - HIKE #1: Hike from the Kirkpatrick Dam to the FR 66-Lake Delancy West Day Use Area. - 8 miles. Meet at 9:00 AM at FR 66-Lk Delancy West Day Use Area/ Parking fee -$6 per vehicle.  Purchase FTA maps 19, 20 & 25.

For more information contact leaders:

Rachael & Lou Augspurg

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike and a super way to start the first of the Winter Hiking series.....

    January 8, 2014

  • Mark

    Great hike, well organized and well attended.

    January 8, 2014

  • Mark

    <<smiling teeth chattering sound>>

    January 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    January 8, 2014

  • Blanche N.

    Sorry to cancel but I have a houseful of company and an airport pickup. See you next week.

    January 7, 2014

  • Carl A.

    From our Fearless Hike Leaders:

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    DRIVING DIRECTIONS:

    From the East on SR 40
    Go west on SR 40 to SR 19. turn right/north and go 16 miles to Salt Springs, continue on SR 19 for 6 more miles
    Turn left on Forest Road (FR) 66 & go 3.5 miles to the Delancy West Day Use area which is well marked on the left.

    From the West on SR 40
    Go east on SR 40 to CR 314, go north on CR 314 to SR 19 turn left/north.
    Go 6 miles on SR 19 to FR 66. Turn left and go 3.5 miles to the Lake Delancy Day Use Ares

    Leaders: Rachael & Lou Augspurg - Cell[masked]

    January 6, 2014

  • treehouseyoga

    A clarification: the Western and Eastern Corridors are both part of the Florida National Scenic Trail :-)

    1 · January 2, 2014

    • treehouseyoga

      The FNST still contains both Western and Eastern Corridors in spite of efforts by the Forest Service to remove the west side. The mission of the FTA is to build, maintain and protect the FNST. Hopefully, that's what FTA is still doing. The last official FTA statement called for maintaining both corridors and the trail as a footpath instead of more movement towards multi-use. Greater Multi-use is something else the Forest Service was pushing.

      January 5, 2014

    • Brad. FTA, fishing, c.

      Some of my favorite places to hike are in the West loop. I really like Green Swamp West. Really a bummer when horses tear up the path. Really would like to see it stay footpath only.

      January 5, 2014

  • Mark

    Rachael and Lou: How are you with dogs on the FT? My shy 55 lb German Wirehaired Pointer is timid, loves the woods and just being in the pack, very well-behaved and easy to handle, stays on leash and does not bark.

    January 2, 2014

    • Mark

      Brad, I sent them an email, but if I hear nothing I will assume "no dogs" based on your feedback. Thanks again!

      January 2, 2014

    • Mark

      Brad, I heard from Rachael, and it is an organizational issue, not a land management issue. The dog stays home for the Winter Wednesday Hiking Series. No objection from me, having been on both sides of the fence.

      January 3, 2014

  • Christina G.

    The FT allows leashed dog to walk, but your organizer might not allow them.

    January 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here is a link for a "good old fashioned" Map to the Parking location at the Forest Road 66-Lake Delancy West Day Use Area.

    https://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF-8&q=Lake+Delancy+Recreation+Area&fb=1&gl=us&hq=Lake+Delancy+Recreation+Area&hnear=Lake+Delancy+Recreation+Area&cid=7480648113008657823&ei=iXm_UqTIA6vNsQSA6IGQDQ&ved=0CHsQ_BIwCQ

    The plan is to shuttle a few cars from here to the start of the hike at Kirkpatrick Dam and hike back to our parked vehicles.

    December 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Mark, These files if they do exist would be found on the FTA web site. Have you checked there? Let me know after you look and let me know if you cannot or can find them. I will place a call to FTA HQ and ask otherwise. Happy Hiking!!!!

      1 · December 30, 2013

    • Mark

      Will do, and thanks: happy trails, hope to see the group soon..MJ

      January 2, 2014

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