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Distance

9.66 mi

Elevation gain

3 ft

Technical difficulty

Easy

Elevation loss

3 ft

Max elevation

10 ft

Trailrank

24

Min elevation

3 ft

Trail type

Loop

Time

4 hours 6 minutes

Coordinates

10338

Uploaded

January 16, 2015

Recorded

April 2014

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10 ft
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9.66 mi

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near Southmere, Florida (United States)

To get to this trail, you have to drive down a long long washboard dirt road. It is well traveled, so don't worry about the fact it isn't paved.

My plan was to take the first balloon trail that I saw on Florida Hikes but I never saw turn number 1 or turn number 3, so I ended up having my own adventure.

The hike started out very nice - a beautiful area on a beautiful day. The path was really more of a forest road, but it was firm, grassy, and comfortable to walk on. Along the first part of the trail the flowers were in bloom and there were butterflies and bumble bees all over. There's a lot of wildlife out here, but most of the critters stayed hidden. I saw a lot of racoon and deer tracks, as well as some tracks that looked like a small dog (fox maybe)? At one point on the trail I thought I saw one of the Florida "wild cows" grazing, but when it lifted its head I could see it was one of the biggest deer I've seen around here.

The second third of the hike was disappointing. A lot of the trail was torn up from heavy equipment. It seems that they were harvesting palm trees. Usually I avoid trails that require wading, but there was one spot that left no choice (other than turning back). The stream crossed the trail and there was no area that I could just jump over.

The final third was pretty much uneventful. A long walk down most of the same road I drove down. I did fit in one detour out to the Loughman Lake area to see a bridge. Sure wish there were some benches on there; I might have stuck around a little longer to watch the airboats that were passing by.

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This was the parking area - Nice and shady!

That's Big Red - My truck.
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Information Kiosk

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Walking bridge (I didn't go that way)

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View of the trail

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Bones - Racoon maybe?

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Butterfly on a spiky plant - Thistle?

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Small Waterhole

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Those spiky plants lining the trail

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Road to the left - Too mucky to go down

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Saw a deer - too quick for a photo

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Big marsh / field

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Muddy tracks from a big vehical

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Very muddy chewed up trail

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Some of the clearing happening around here

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Harvesting palm trees

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Bridge of logs and dirt for the trucks

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Shoes off - time to wade

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The long walk back to the truck

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Sign for turn that goes to bridge

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Photo of the bridge

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