June 13, 2013
Rode Graham for the first time last weekend, and it was in good shape and really fun. After TS Andrea and the summer rains it was packed pretty well, still some sugar sand but overall I imagine it could have been far worse than that if it hadn't been for the daily rains the week before. It is a little hard to navigate with the trail crossing itself or at least coming close by, but overall its pretty easy to figure out where to go. The hills were a definite surprise, never imagined that amount of ups and downs, so I researched it and found out that there was a cement plant across the road from the swamp in the 50's and they had a dump line that ran across the swamp, when they dug up sand and shells that were waste they would haul it out into the swamp and dump it, hence the large hills, rocks, and shells. The steel cables from the dump line are still out there, and the trail crosses them many times. If only there was a little more tree cover to keep the exposed sand from drying out this could easily be one of the best trails in Florida, and probably still is the best on the east coast. I will definitely come back again, since I live only about 30 miles north, but only after a decent rain storm. Otherwise, its Mala Compra
Mala Compra, Chuck Lennon
June 13, 2013
Used to be all under the tree canopy, but in 2006, SJRWMD removed a bunch of pine trees infested with beetles. We lost half of the trail, but was reborn with better lines and less cover.
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