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Distance

4.38 nm

Elevation gain

3 ft

Technical difficulty

Moderate

Elevation loss

3 ft

Max elevation

55 ft

Trailrank

32

Min elevation

-30 ft

Trail type

Loop
  • Photo of Clam Pass park in the dark: 30 OCT 2021 06:06
  • Photo of Clam Pass park in the dark: 30 OCT 2021 06:06
  • Photo of Clam Pass park in the dark: 30 OCT 2021 06:06
  • Photo of Clam Pass park in the dark: 30 OCT 2021 06:06
  • Photo of Clam Pass park in the dark: 30 OCT 2021 06:06
  • Photo of Clam Pass park in the dark: 30 OCT 2021 06:06

Time

2 hours 43 minutes

Coordinates

462

Uploaded

October 30, 2021

Recorded

October 2021
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55 ft
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4.38 nm

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near North Naples, Florida (United States)

Bruce - you missed a good one. Eat your heart out. GPS says we left at 6:06, and it didn't get light until 0730, and it was windy, cloudy, and rainy. There was a tree limb down at the parking lot entrance, so one gate was open early. Check out the pictures of the launch- I've never seen the water that high in person. (I've seen high water marks that high, but never in person) Launching was real easy. We crossed Lower Clam Bay into a 20 mph wind (had no choice) coming from about 10 degrees north of west and paddled hard a quarter mile until we hit the lee of the west shore - in the dark with headlamps on, but they don't see a quarter-mile, so it was dead reckoning based on the wind.

Then we hugged the lee of the mangroves and headed north. Easy going until we hit the channel after the second bridge, then headlamps on again so we wouldn't hit the sides. We had to pull into a small cove at the middle bay to get out of the wind-blown rain. (mainly to protect the cameras), and waited about 10 minutes until the storm let up, then on to Marker 25 and west toward the beach. It was starting to lighten up, but the clouds and mangroves made it challenging to see in the dark areas, so we used the headlamps for the last time. Something big went into the water with a splash when we hit the landing - probably a gator. Then the walk to the beach. It has overgrown a lot. We decided not to port across to the Gulf and paddle down to the Pass like usual.

Surf's up. dude! Check out videos 1683 and 6023, 27, and 31. For some reason, not a soul was on the beach on this beautiful morning. Go figure... What a waste.

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