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202104 April Activities


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What: Day Hike (2.5 miles)
Where: Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve East (map)
When: April 10, 2021 9:00am – 11:30am
Who: Open to Public (Meetup event registration required – Event Link)

Description:
This is an out and back easy hike of about 2.5 miles (round trip) which combines the three short trails at the East side of the Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve (on the East side of I-75 and on the North side of the Caloosahatchee River). The trail conditions are excellent with little water/mud/rocks/deadfalls etc. Many parts of this easy hike are on a paved trail or on a newly installed boardwalk (in wet sections). There is plenty of shade and periodic lookout points (most with rest benches). The trail is well marked. This hike highlights plant and animal life in wetland, hammock, and pine flatwoods ecosystems and will be enjoyable for the novice to skilled hiker.

Additional Information:
Poison Ivy may be present near the trail and short sections of the trail may be muddy. Bathrooms are available at the Preserve East Side parking area.

Level of Difficulty:
LeisurelyClick here for difficulty rating descriptions.

Items to Bring:
2 liters of water, snack, sun screen, and insect repellant. For a more thorough list of items that could be considered, please review “What to Bring”

RSVP:
Alligator Amblers Meetup

Activity Leader Contact Information:
Larry Kruhm – Activity Leader
540-686-6000 (call or text)
larrykruhm@gmail.com

John Hughes – Activity Co-Leader
239-936-6571
hughesj318@aol.com

Links:
Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve
Trail Map

The Florida Trail Association required COVID-19 precautions will be adhered to during this event. Please familiarize yourself with the required precautions linked below before attending.
FLORIDA TRAIL ASSOCIATION COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS


What: Day Hike (4 miles)
Where: Caloosahatchee Regional Park (map)
When: April 11, 2021 9:00am – 12:00pm
Who: Open to Public (Meetup event registration required – Event Link)

Description:
Well groomed mostly flat trails. Trail could have standing water if there is recent rain. We will hike the perimeter of the park, with part of the circuit traveling directly alongside the Caloosahatchee River. Some of the trail is shaded and other parts are open to the sun. The length of the walk is up to four miles. This park has 3 separate entrances. We will meet in parking lot #2. There is a parking fee of $1 per hour or $5 per day (self-service). If you have a Lee County Parking pass, you do not need to pay to park here. There are restrooms and picnic pavilions. No dogs allowed.

Additional Information:
Group size limit of 10 – first come-first served. Please cancel promptly if plans change.

Level of Difficulty:
LeisurelyClick here for difficulty rating descriptions.

Items to Bring:
Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes. Bring 2L of water, snacks, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, a face mask, and parking fee.

RSVP:
Alligator Amblers Meetup

Activity Leader Contact Information:
Larry Kruhm – Activity Leader
540-686-6000 (call or text)
larrykruhm@gmail.com

Anne Rapp – Activity Co-Leader
508-361-2024 (call or text)
anne.rapp99@gmail.com

Links:
Caloosahatchee Regional Park
Trail Map

The Florida Trail Association required COVID-19 precautions will be adhered to during this event. Please familiarize yourself with the required precautions linked below before attending.
FLORIDA TRAIL ASSOCIATION COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS


What: Beginner Backpacking Workshop
Where: Riverside Park Bonita Springs (map)
When:
April 13, 2021. 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Who: Open to Public – FTA Members participating in upcoming Nobles Camp trip admitted first.

Description:
We are very lucky to have Wes Walker and Debra Taylor in this chapter. Wes has done a great deal of backpacking in Florida and Debra has through-hiked both the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail They will review gear, attire and navigation for a short backcountry backpacking trip of less than 15 miles where participants would need to provide all necessities for survival. We will also discuss the upcoming MEMBERS ONLY backpacking trip to Nobles Camp on the Florida National Scenic Trail.

Additional Information:
Participants are encouraged to bring fully loaded backpacks and equipment they anticipate needing for review and training. All Amblers are welcome to attend with or without equipment, but the primary focus will be on the upcoming MEMBERS ONLY trip to Nobles Camp.

What to Bring:
Participants are encouraged to bring equipment for review and assessment by hosts. Equipment will vary by individual, but typical equipment needed for an overnight backcountry backpacking trip includes two COVID-19 face masks, backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, shelter (tent/tarp/hammock), multiple pairs of socks, umbrella, trekking poles, trowel & toilet paper, first aid kit, knife, food bag, 50′ para cord, stove & fuel, 2 liters water, water filter, dirty water bag, insect repellent, mosquito head net, rain jacket/pants, plastic trash bag(s), zip lock bag(s), head lamp/flash light, cell phone (with GaiaGPS installed), and battery pack.

Recommended Attire:
Loose fitting lightweight long sleeve shirt, long pants, trail runner type hiking shoes, and sun hat.

RSVP:
Alligator Amblers Meetup. We are using a waitlist for this event to ensure FTA Members preparing for the Nobles Camp trip are able to register. Activity leaders will be admitting participants in order of RSVP.

Activity Leaders:
Carl Kepford – Activity Leader
Wes Walker – Co-Leader

The Florida Trail Association required COVID-19 precautions will be adhered to during this event. Please familiarize yourself with the required precautions linked below before attending.
FLORIDA TRAIL ASSOCIATION COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS


What: FTA Alligator Amblers Chapter General Member Meeting
Where: Zoom Teleconference
When:
April 15, 2021. 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Who: Open to Public

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What: Day Hike (2.8 miles)
Where: Hickey’s Creek Mitigation Park (map)
When: April 24, 2021 9:00am – 11:30am
Who: Open to Public (Meetup event registration required – Event Link)

Description:
This hike combines two short loop trails – the Hickey Creek Trail of 1.8 miles and the North Marsh Trail of 1 mile for a total hike of about 2.8 miles. The trail conditions are excellent with little water/mud/rocks/deadfalls etc. The trail is well marked with plenty of shade, periodic lookout points, frequent rest benches, a mid-trail picnic area and rest shelter. This hike highlights plant and animal life in wetland, hammock, and pine flatwoods ecosystem. The trails will be enjoyable for the novice to skilled hiker. The park is a Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail site.

Additional Information:
POISON IVY MAY BE PRESENT NEAR THE TRAIL and sections of the trail may be muddy. Bathrooms are available at the parking area. There is a $1.00 per hour or $5 per day parking fee at this park. Lee County Annual Parking stickers are accepted at this location.

Recommended Attire:
Cool loose fitting long-sleeve shirt, long pants, sturdy closed toe type hiking shoes, and sun hat.

Links:
Hickey Creek Mitigation Park
Trail Map

What to Bring:
*2 liters of water, snack, sun screen, and insect repellant.
*Also see “What to Bring

RSVP:
Alligator Amblers Meetup

Activity Leader Contact Information:
Larry Kruhm – Activity Leader
540-686-6000 (call or text)
larrykruhm@gmail.com

John Hughes – Activity Co-Leader
239-936-6571
hughesj318@aol.com

The Florida Trail Association required COVID-19 precautions will be adhered to during this event. Please familiarize yourself with the required precautions linked below before attending.
FLORIDA TRAIL ASSOCIATION COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS


202105 May Activities


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What: Overnight Backcountry Backpacking Trip
Where: Florida National Scenic Trail I75 MM63 (map)
When: May 1, 2021 8:00 am – May 2, 3:00 pm
Who: FTA Members Only – limit of 8 participants
RSVP: Event Registration

Description:
This will be a backpacking trip for beginners. We will hike 4.8 miles along the Florida National Scenic Trail from the north gate of the I-75 rest area at mile marker 63 to Nobles Camp. The trail will be uneven with very little shade. Standing water on the trail can be expected if recent heavy rainfall. Once at Nobles Camp we will setup camp to include shelter setup, hanging bear bags, fire preparation and water filtering. Opportunities will exist for additional hiking and exploration further along the FNST or the close by Carpenter Camp Loop Trail. We will break camp the morning of the 2 nd
and return to the trailhead using one of four possible routes selected by a unanimous vote of participants. Routes can be reviewed here.

Additional Information:
We will meet at the north trailhead in the I75 rest area at MM63. It is highly recommended that participants attend the Backpacking for Beginners Workshop on April 13th (Event Registration) . Potable water and restrooms available at rest area. POTABLE WATER AND RESTROOMS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE DURING THIS TRIP. Participants will be expected to adhere to Leave No Trace practices. This activity will be held rain or shine.
WE RECOMMEND THAT ALL PARTICIPANTS USE THEIR OWN EQUIPMENT TO FILTER NON-POTABLE WATER DURING THIS TRIP. IF YOU ARE NOT CAPABLE OF DOING THIS, CONTACT THE ACTIVITY LEADER BEFORE SIGNING UP SO THAT WE CAN SAFELY ARRANGE TO GET WATER FOR YOU FOLLOWING STRICT COVID-19 RULES.

Recommended Attire:
Loose fitting lightweight long sleeve shirt, long pants, trail runner type hiking shoes, and sun hat.

Recommended Items to Bring:
Equipment will vary by individual. Participants should also review ” What to Bring ” article for additional items to consider.
TWO COVID-19 FACE MASKS, Backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, shelter (tent/tarp/hammock), multiple pairs of socks, umbrella, trekking poles, trowel & toilet paper, first aid kit, knife, food bag, 50′ para cord, 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, snacks, stove & fuel, 2 liters water, water filter, dirty water bag, insect repellent, misquito head net, rain jacket/pants, plastic trash bag(s), ziplock bag(s), head lamp/flash light, cell phone (with GaiaGPS installed), and battery pack.
BECAUSE OF COVID-19 CONCERNS, IT IS IMPORTANT NOT TO SHARE EQUIPMENT. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN EQUIPMENT AND DO
NOT PLAN TO SHARE.

Links:
Trail Map (Courtesy Happy Hoofers FTA chapter)
Google Maps Route

Activity Leaders
Carl Kepford – Activity Leader
Wes Walker – Co-Leader

The Florida Trail Association required COVID-19 precautions will be adhered to during this event. Please familiarize yourself with the required precautions linked below before attending.
FLORIDA TRAIL ASSOCIATION COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS


What: Guided Walk (4.5 miles)
Where: Gordon River Greenway – meet at Baker Park(map)
When: May 7, 2021 8:15 am – 12:00 pm
Who: FTA Members Only – limit of 10 participants

Description:
Walk approximately 4.5 miles from Baker Park along the Gordon River Greenway to behind the Naples Zoo, and back again. The trail consists of wide asphalt walkways, boardwalks, a bridge over the Gordon River, and a short portion covered with mulch.  Your guide will point out the restoration areas, gopher tortoise conservation area, and talk about the project development. 

Additional Information:
Participants will meet at the stairway in Baker Park adjacent to the parking area off Riverside Circle at 8:15 am for sign-in and welcome. We will depart promptly at 8:30 am. Potable water fountains and restrooms onsite. You can bring a sack lunch or go to one of many nearby local restaurants for lunch. 

Recommended Attire:
Shorts and sandals are fine to wear, but please also wear a hat.

What to Bring:
Sunscreen, insect repellent, snack, and a water bottle. Bird life can be abundant along the Gordon River, so bring binoculars.

Links:
Gordon River Greenway
Trail Map

Activity Leader Contact Information:
Alex Sulecki – Activity Leader
239-777-7705
asulecki12@gmail.com

Anne Rapp – Activity Co-Leader
508-361-0204
anne.rapp99@gmail.com

The Florida Trail Association required COVID-19 precautions will be adhered to during this event. Please familiarize yourself with the required precautions linked below before attending.
FLORIDA TRAIL ASSOCIATION COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS


What: Guided Hike (2.5 miles)
Where: Nancy Payton Preserve  (map)
When: May 22, 2021 8:30 am – 11:30 pm
Who: FTA Members Only – limit of 10 participants

Description:
Hike approximately 2.5 miles on a rough trail through level pine and scrubby flatwoods with partial shade. Gopher tortoises, deer and numerous bird species frequent the preserve, including five species of woodpeckers. The preserve was the site of a panther den that produced 2 cubs in 2017.

Additional Information:
There is no water or restroom onsite. Parking is available at the trailhead for approximately five cars. Carpool if you feel comfortable doing so. The access road is not paved and depending on recent weather, its condition can be somewhat poor. Don’t drive your Rolls Royce.

Recommended Attire:
Long pants, socks, sturdy closed-toed shoes, and hat.

What to Bring:
*2 liters of water, sunscreen, insect repellent, snack, and a water bottle.
*Also see “What to Bring

Links:
Nancy Payton Preserve
Trail Map

Activity Leader Contact Information:
Alex Sulecki – Activity Leader
239-777-7705
asulecki12@gmail.com

The Florida Trail Association required COVID-19 precautions will be adhered to during this event. Please familiarize yourself with the required precautions linked below before attending.
FLORIDA TRAIL ASSOCIATION COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS