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Alligator Amblers Activities

202106 June Activity Calendar

JUNE 2021


What: Cycling – BCNP Bear Island (24 miles)
Where: 10800 FL-29, Immokalee, FL 34142 / (map)
When: June 12, 2021 08:00 am – 1:00 pm
Who: Florida Trail Association members first (join at http://bit.ly/FTAJoin). Any available spots will be offered to non-members on the wait list one week before the event in order of registration.
RSVP: Meetup (event link)

Description:
We will ride our bikes first to Pink Jeep Campground, then to Bear Island Campground and finally to Gator Head Campground where we will stop for lunch before returning to the trailhead. The ride will be at a leisurely pace stopping to observe flora and fauna along the way. Short breaks will be taken at each campground for hydration/snacks. The route will be entirely on a graded dirt road where shade will be present approximately 30% – 40% of the route. The grade is in good shape but does have many potholes that participants should be mindful of. Total route distance is 24 miles. A bear and panther were both sighted during the route recon on May 31, 2021. Alligators are plentiful and gathered in the remaining water holes available during this dry time. Hawks, Swallow Tailed Kites, woodpeckers and turkeys were also observed during the route recon.

Additional Information:
As of May 31, 2021 the route is very dry. Conditions may change with heavy rains. Composting toilets are located at each of the three campgrounds we will be riding to. No potable water is available on this route. Participants should bring a minimum of 2 liters of water. Backcountry permits are required of each participant and provided by the activity leader. Parking is limited. Please park considerately so that all participants can safely park within the gated area.

Recommended Attire:
Helmet, closed toe shoes

Recommended Items to Bring:
Minimum 2 liters of water, Insect repellent, sun screen, snack, lunch, spare inner tube / patch kit, binoculars
Also see: http://bit.ly/Consider2Bring

Links:
Big Cypress National Preserve Map:
http://bit.ly/BCNPMap
Route:
http://bit.ly/BearIslandBike

Activity Leader:
Wes Walker

Activity Co-Leader
Carl Kepford

Please review the Florida Trail Association Covid-19 5/17/21 Policy:
http://bit.ly/FTACovidPolicy

  • Please be aware that there is an inherent risk of illness when participating in this activity during the Covid-19 pandemic. We are taking precautions, but if you are in a high-risk group you may want to reconsider joining.
  • You may not participate if you tested positive for Covid-19 or have had any potential Covid symptoms within 14 days of the activity.
    *Participation will be conducted in accordance with State of Florida and CDC guidelines, and local government and facility requirements.
  • Group size limit of 10 – first come-first served. Please cancel promptly if plans change.
  • We will maintain standard social distancing for persons from different households during the activity.
  • If you test positive after having participated in any activity, please notify Chapter leadership promptly.
  • FTA will not require proof of vaccinations.