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    Eric Dickmann completed Irely Lake Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Eric Dickmann completed Marymere Falls Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Eric Dickmann added Irely Lake Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Eric Dickmann completed Irely Lake Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Eric Dickmann completed Quinault Loop Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Eric Dickmann completed North Fork Quinault Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Eric Dickmann added The Ozette Loop Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Eric Dickmann added Sams River Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Eric Dickmann completed Sams River Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Eric Dickmann completed The Ozette Loop Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Eric Dickmann added Marymere Falls Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Eric Dickmann completed Waterfall Loop Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Eric Dickmann completed Tibet-Butler Preserve Loop

    about 2 years ago

    Eric Dickmann completed Palmetto Passage

    about 2 years ago

    Eric Dickmann reviewed Hal Scott Preserve: Red Blaze Trail

    about 2 years ago

    The Red Blaze Trail is one of 3 main trails at Hal Scott. All trails are loops and the Red and Yellow trails branch off the White trail at about the half way point of the White loop. The Red Blaze Trail can be confusing, however, because it apparently has changed over time. The current park map shows it one way but the blaze markings guide you differently. At about the halfway point, where the shelter is located, the blaze markings take you across the canal and then continue following under the path of some overhead power lines. This way will take you back towards the main road. It's not at all scenic and has you hiking the park perimeter. The new map and better route has you going left or west along the canal. You follow the canal to the end where it empties into a creek and you'll see the markings for the Red Blaze Trail on your left (there is also a marking on the right but that takes you again to the power line trail). Follow the trail on the left and you'll complete the Red Blaze loop and end up back where you started. This is a much better route and if you pick-up a map at the park entrance, this is the route shown. Who knows why it isn't marked correctly but it's easy to navigate if you just follow the canal. See my track for more specifics.

    Eric Dickmann added Yellow Blaze Loop

    about 2 years ago

    Eric Dickmann added Red Blaze Loop

    about 2 years ago

    Eric Dickmann completed Hal Scott Preserve Area Trails

    about 2 years ago

    Eric Dickmann added Orlando Wetlands Loop

    about 2 years ago

    Eric Dickmann completed Orlando Wetlands Loop Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Eric Dickmann reviewed Black Bear Wilderess Area Trail

    over 2 years ago

    This is a great Central Florida trail. Logging in at just over 7 miles, this loop shows off some great scenery and wildlife as you make your way around the loop. The trail is built primarily on a system of old levies which means it's elevated several feet above the surrounding wilderness. Not only does this provide great viewing, but it helps to keep the trail dry. The downside is there can be some challenging footing but that just makes it fun! After parking in the trailhead lot, you walk a short distance to the first of 14 boardwalks. You come to a fork in the trail and must decide if you want to go right (as the trail is designed) or left. The only benefit of going left is that there's a long double track straightaway about a mile in that's about a mile long. It's a pretty, shaded part of the trail but straight and wide. It depends on if you want to get that out of the way first and save the more interesting parts of the trail or run the trail counter-clockwise and hit this part at the end. Hikers seem to do it both ways and I honestly can't recommend one way or another. It's really a matter of preference. I did this trail in early March and there were no bugs but plenty of wildlife. Given the proximity to lots of standing water, my guess is the bugs would get worse in the summer months but that water and the trail's elevation are what make this hike such a great one.

    Eric Dickmann added Black Bear Loop

    over 2 years ago

    Eric Dickmann added Appalachia

    about 4 years ago