The Florida Trail is a 1300-mile National Scenic Trail crossing the state. The Florida National Scenic Trail is a congressionally designated National Scenic Trail. The USDA Forest Service is the administrator of the Florida Trail, charged with planning routes, overseeing development and establishing partnerships to complete the trail. The trail is approximately 1,300-miles long and is intended to offer a continuous, permanent non-motorized recreation opportunity for hiking and other compatible activities. Over its length, it showcases the incredible biodiversity, history, and rich culture of Florida. Its termini lie in Gulf Islands National Seashore to the North and Big Cypress National Preserve in the South.
This trail has seen mainly thru-hiker style (self supported) FKT activity.
Hi there all,
My name is Antonio Sierra, and I am announcing my intentions to go after the Fastest known time for the Florida Trail in Self Supported Fashion beginning the morning of Thursday, January 3rd, 2019. I will be following the guidelines as lied out on the website for self-supported trips. Huge thanks to Dan and those that have raised the bar to this impressive feat for myself and others to pursue, and for the help that he has freely given to me in preparing for this trip. I will be placing the link to my Spot tracker below as well as in my instagram bio, @antoniosierra22. Here goes nothing!
I am announcing my intention to go for Self Supported FKT on Florida Trail beginning tomorrow morning (2/13). I will follow the self supported guidelines and established culture on Florida Trail FKT. I have not used caches but will send mail drops. I will not accept food, pacing, rides, or gear from strangers or people known to me. I will take the Moore Haven and Clewiston area re routes as Army Engineers are doing construction and turning hikers back. I will plan to cross the Econ River (whether on bridge or fording). I will stay on trail north of Lake Butler and not take the paralleling road. As for flooded trail further north such as Aucilla, I will pray conditions are passable by my arrival. I have made every effort possible to reach Eglin AFB at a time when passage is possible. I am aware that Dan Munsell did not take any reroutes but it is my intention to raise notoriety of the FT and can not see doing so if I am violating rules and laws (no offense to Dan personally).
My garmin link is attached below and will ping hourly. I can be followed on Instagram @arashalbekord