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

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