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Distance

12.44 mi

Elevation gain

108 ft

Technical difficulty

Easy

Elevation loss

108 ft

Max elevation

98 ft

Trailrank

54 5

Min elevation

31 ft

Trail type

Loop

Time

8 hours 17 minutes

Coordinates

2417

Uploaded

March 7, 2012

Recorded

March 2012
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98 ft
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near Cedar Cove, Florida (United States)

The Oak Ridge Equestrian Area and the Washburn Gate Area are in Hillsborough County and are part of the Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve. The lands are managed by the Southwest Florida Water Management District. It is a 1000 acre area on the east side of Morris Bridge Road. The area contains pine flatwoods and forested wetlands.

I entered through a gate near the entrance to Flatwoods Park. The primary access point is about 2.5 mile NE. Parking is an issue at the Flatwoods Park gate as much of the area is designated No Parking. At the Washburn gate, about 0.3 mi NE, there is parking behind a locked gate where a free day-use reservation is required.

While most of the roads/trails would be suitable for mountain biking the area is designated for hiking and equestrian use only.

Most of the days trip was on easy to travel two-track. About a mile of the trek was on a red blazed trail near the river that was difficult to follow.

There is an area map posted near the Washburn gate. The map has numbered intersections. These numbers are also posted along the area trails. I created waypoints at the numbered intersections I passed. A photo of the area map is associated with waypoint "Wash X1."
Photo

Abandon Hope

Sign along the river.
Photo

Dry

A dry spot where I crossed the low terrain.
Waypoint

Fence Crossing

After crossing the low terrain there was a fence to cross.
Hiking

Gate

Squeeze through the opening in the gate along Morris Bridge Rd.
Waypoint

Gate, Private

Locked gate to private property.
Photo

Natural Bridge

I used a natural bridge to cross to an island in the river.
Waypoint

Oak X17

Oak Ridge intersection 17.
Waypoint

Oak X19

Oak Ridge intersection 19.
Waypoint

Oak X20

Oak Ridge intersection 20
Waypoint

Oak X5

Oak Ridge intersection 5
Photo

Oak X6

Oak Ridge intersection 6
Waypoint

Trail View

The area near the Washburn gate is pine flatwoods.
Photo

Trail View 2

Much of the northern part of the hike was in an area with many oak trees.
Photo

Red Blaze Pict

The red blazed trail was difficult to follow. This was a portion that was more obvious.
Waypoint

Red Blaze Start

Where I started following the red blazed trail
Photo

River View

A nice view of the river
Waypoint

Trail

Where I caught the trail again
Photo

Wash X1

Washburn intersection 1.
Waypoint

Wash X10

Washburn intersection 10
Waypoint

Wash X2

Washburn intersection 2
Photo

Wash X3

Washburn intersection 3
Waypoint

Wash X4

Washburn intersection 4
Waypoint

Wash X9

Washburn intersection 9

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