16450 S.E. Federal Highway, Hobe Sound, FL
This is the 2nd Annual OTLHT Complete! Last year we had 3 ladies complete all 8 days! You make them all and you will be the proud owner of an OTLHT patch! So get these dates on your calendar! Alan is going to co-lead again and although Jeff has been unable to commit this early, I'm sure he will be joining us on many days. We had a blast last year and expecting the same this go round.
I have scheduled a series of day hikes that will cover the whole Ocean To Lake Hiking Trail. They will not be consecutive days; do one or do them all! But to take part in this activity you must be willing to transport others in your vehicle if needed. We will do each day by meeting at our end location and then loading into as few vehicles as possible and driving back to our starting point. Then at the end of the hike someone will have to drive the transport drivers back to their vehicle. The total mileage for the 8 days is about 73. If you wonder why when the OTLHT is 63 it is because some days require a hike to get on/off the trail and I plan on covering some side trails and a boardwalk in Corbett.
Day 1 we will start on the beach in Hobe Sound and hike about 10.4 miles to the Kitching Creek Pavilion in Jonathan Dickinson. This will cover one of the most beautiful road walks I have seen and some area in JD Mary does not get to on her Sunday hikes. Meet at the JD front gate at 8:00. We will drive 4 miles back to the Kitching Creek Pavilion and then load into as few vehicles as possible and drive to Hobe Sound Beach to start our hike.
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The following days go up as a separate activities.
Day 2 we will start at the Kitching Creek Pavilion and hike about 10.2 miles to Riverbend. This is a very popular section for day hikes.
Day 3 we will start in Riverbend and hike about 10.4 miles to Sweetbay Natural Area parking lot. This is some less traveled territory through the Loxahatchee Slough.
Day 4 will be the Beeline road walk of .9 miles (yuck) and Hungryland Slough. This is the only area on the trail I have spotted a bobcat. We will go into Corbett and do the White blaze wetlands bypass because the following day we will traverse the wetlands! We will also do a mile trail in Corbett at the Hungryland boardwalk. Total mileage will be about 9.5.
Day 5 will be one of the 3 most remote and wild sections we will cover. It will be 9.1 miles from the Corbett Hungryland Boardwalk parking to the trail crossing on South Grade. We will cross the wetlands, visit Bowman’s Island campsite and pass through the beautiful “Hole in the Wall”. This is a day not to miss but you must be willing to drive on the dirt road in Corbett and it can be pretty bumpy. It has taken me about 40 minutes to drive the 11 miles to the trail crossing so you are forewarned. 4 wheel drive is not required, just dusty and bumpy.
Day 6 will be only 7.3 miles from Corbett South Grade to the Corbett/Dupuis border on Powerline Road. We will take a short break at the Little Gopher primitive campsite. Again this will require driving on some bumpy dirt roads again in Corbett and then 11.8 miles in Dupuis.
Day 7 we will start at the Corbett/Dupuis border and hike 10.4 miles to Dupuis Grade. We will hike the little used “Corbett Connector” and visit loop 4 campsite for a break. We may go off trail for a look at the inside of a Cypress Dome. Last year we had to go around 2 separate gators lying across the trail!!! And the trail was dry! We had to go off trail and into a Cypress Dome to get our feet wet!
Day 8 and the final hike will be a short 5 miles from Dupuis Grade to the LOST Trailhead. We will visit the beautiful Dupuis fishing pier and Cypress Boardwalk first. If the Corps of Engineers don't have it blocked, we'll go up on the dike after for a gorgous view of the lake!
Hope to see you on the trails!
Mary Miller - FTA Activity Leader - Loxahatchee Chapter
I have been a member of the Florida Trail since 2005 and an activity leader since 2013.
Hi I'm Janet. I like camping and hiking and spending time outdoors enjoying nature.
Paid member of the Florida Trail. I enjoy hiking and nature.
I am a native Floridian who is an avid walker and hiker.
I've been a member since '96. Love the outdoors and hiking!