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Cumberland Island National Seashore, GA

Feb 5 - Feb 12, 2023 -- $1500 ★, YOU CANNOT REGISTER FOR THIS TRIP YET AS DETAILS ARE NOT FINAL


Cumberland Island National Seashore is a beautiful barrier island in Georgia just 50 miles north of Jacksonville, FL boasting a wealth of natural attractions. Whether it's quiet coastal marshes, the Atlantic surf pounding undeveloped dunes, wild feral horses you're sure to see roaming the island, beachcoming for sand dollars or sharks teeth, grand live oak trees, armadillos scampering through saw palmettos, Victorian ruins from a bygone era, or glimpses of an occasional alligator, manatee or pod of dolphins, Cumberland Island is sure to please the senses. Get away from your frigid climate, explore a wild barrier island, and get a fitness jumpstart.


Cumberland Island is one of Fitpacking's most attainable offerings and is highly recommended for beginners. Our route will traverse nearly all of backcountry trails of this primarily flat island. Although our daily mileages are not overly ambitious, carrying around a backpack all day, especially along the sandy beach can be difficult. On days we get into camp early, we can head to the beach to beachcomb and enjoy the surf rolling in.



Weather

Weather is always an important concern when backpacking. early February temperatures average in the mid-60s, which is perfect for backpacking, but we might also experience blazing heat, some rain or even frost at night. The water temperature will probably be too cold to comfortably enter, but some intrepid participants have done so on previous trips. But usually you can expect at least a few days of warmth.



Probable Trip Leaders

Collin Chambers
Steve Silberberg


Cost

$1500 per person double occupancy. Here, double occupancy means that you will share a hotel room with another trip participant. You will also be responsible for transportation to and from Jacksonville, FL (JAX) as well as personal equipment, restaurant meals (typically 2 dinners) and any gratuities for guides.


Covered expenses include 1 night in a hotel, 1 night in a front country campground, 6 days of trail meals, ground transportation, Cumberland Queen ferry tickets, National Seashore permits, camping fees on the island and awesome guides.


Tipping: In order to keep our prices competitive with (and hopefully favorable to) other outfitters, we shamefully can’t pay our guides as much as we think they deserve. Like most other guiding services, we rely on the generosity of our participants to make up this shortfall by tipping the guides. While tips are not required or expected, if your guides have served you well, please consider a gratuity so they can continue living their extravagant lifestyles of eating powdered meals, sleeping in the dirt and pooping in smelly outhouses and small holes they've dug.



Notes

We highly recommend you read the book Untamed in preparation of the trip.


Here is a great map of the island.


Here is a New York Times article about how the island may be threatened by commercial space exploration.


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Itinerary


Sunday, February 5, 2023

Fly or drive into Jacksonville, FL (JAX)


Take free airport shuttle to our local hotel (TBD)


We will assemble in the hotel main area, meet the others, discuss trip plans and do last minute trip prep


Trail mix distribution


"Before" body composition measurements taken


While you should have done a virtual shakedown with us pre-trip, you may still have time to obtain any last-minute equipment you forgot at Gander Mountain, 13075 City Square Drive, Jacksonville, FL, 32218, (904) 714-3557


All the items that you won't bring on the trail will be set aside and put in storage


Go out for welcome dinner at a local restaurant (cost of dinner not included in trip cost)


Shuttle to Crooked River State Park 6222 Charlie Smith Sr Hwy, St Marys, GA 31558


Frontcountry camp at Crooked River State Park, sites 30, 32 & 34. Park has potable water, picnic tables, outhouses with running water and a camp store.




Monday, February 6, 2023

Second set of "before" body composition measurements taken


Shuttle to St. Marys, GA


Take the 9AM Cumberland Queen Ferry to Cumberland Island


Arrive at Sea Camp Ranger Station at 9:45AM


In the past, the Rangers have given us a mandatory presentation about the island and regulations, but may no longer require it


Hike 0.5 miles to Sea Camp Campsite, sites TBD


Set up camp


Day-Hike (no full pack) 0.1 miles to the beach


Day-Hike (no full pack) 1.2 miles on the beach to the Dungeness Trail Boardwalk


Day-Hike (no full pack) 1.5 miles on the beach to a Marker Post


Day-Hike (no full pack) 1.7 miles on the South End Trail to the intercoastal. Trail may be muddy or have standing water.


Day-Hike (no full pack) 3.2 miles back to the Dungeness Trail Boardwalk


Day-Hike (no full pack) 2.4 miles past the Dungeness ruins back to Sea Camp


Camp at Sea Camp Campsite #14 & #16, campfires allowed


Miles today: 10.6. Total miles: 10.6


Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Hike 4.4 miles via the Parallel Trail to Stafford Beach Road


Hike 2.0 miles on the Parallel Trail to Hickory Hill.


Hike 1.3 miles on the Parallel Trail to Yankee Paradise


Set up camp at Yankee Paradise Camp


Possible day-hike 1.0 miles to Plum Orchard Mansion if we need water


Possibly fill up water containers


Possible Day-hike 1.0 miles back to Yankee Paradise Camp


Miles today: 7.7. Total miles: 18.3


Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Hike 1.0 miles to Plum Orchard Mansion


Fill up water containers


Take a 1 hour guided tour of the Plum Orchard Mansion


Hike 1.0 road miles to the Kings Bottom Trail


Hike 1.5 miles around Table Point


Hike 1.9 miles on Ashley Pond Trail and Kings Bottom Trail to the Main Rd


Hike 2.0 miles on Main Rd. to Brickhill Bluff Trail


Hike 0.5 miles to Brickhill Bluff


Camp at Brickhill Bluff


Miles today: 7.9. Total miles: 26.2 (a marathon!)


Thursday, February 9, 2023

Day-Hiking only today. There are shorter options for those who are not up to the full mileage.


Hike 0.8 miles on the Brickhill Trail to Main Rd.


Hike 0.3 miles on the Brickhill Trail to the Bunkley Trail


Hike 0.6 miles on Bunkley Trail to North Cut Road


Hike 1.0 miles Northbound to the First African Baptist Church. Restrooms nearby at the Alberty House. Carol Ruckdeschel lives next door.


Turn around and Hike 2.4 miles on North Cut Road to Candler Beach Rd.


Hike 1.7 miles on Cedar Dock Rd to Christmas Creek for lunch


Hike 2.2 miles on Cedar Dock Rd and Candler Beach Rd to Candler beach


Hike 0.7 miles to Whitney Rd


Hike 1.7 miles on Roller Coaster Trail to South Cut Trail


Hike 1.0 miles on South Cut Trail to Main Rd.


Hike 0.9 miles on Main Rd. and Brickhill Trail to Brickhill Bluff


Camp at Brickhill Bluff


Miles today: 13.3. Total miles: 39.5


Friday, February 10, 2023

Hike 1.3 miles on the Main Rd. to the Oyster Pond Trail


Hike 1.4 miles on the Oyster Pond Trail to the Tar Kiln Trail


Hike 1.5 miles on the Tark Kiln Trail to Yankee Paradise


Hike 1.4 miles on the duck House Trail to the beach


Hike 3.1 miles on the beach to Stafford Beach Rd.


Hike 0.2 miles on Stafford Beach Road to Stafford Campsite


Camp at Stafford Campsites Sites TBD, campfires permitted


Camp at Stafford Campsite


Miles today: 8.9. Total miles: 48.4


Saturday, February 11, 2023

Hike 0.2 miles to the beach


Hike 4.1 miles on the beach to Sea Camp Marker Post.


Hike 0.6 miles to Ferry Dock.


Miles today: 4.9. Total miles: 53.3


End of hiking


Catch the 10:15 boat back to St. Marys. They may add a 2:30PM ferry which would allow us more time in the morning to check out the Dungeness Ruins


Arrive at St. Marys, GA at 11:00AM or 3:15PM


Shuttle back to Jacksonville Hotel (TBD)


"After" measurements taken


Dinner and awards Ceremony (Dinner not included in trip cost)


There should be a fair of time if you'd like to depart Jacksonville in the evening.


This is the official end of the trip. You are welcome to spend the night at the hotel, however if you drove and would like to get on the road or if you flew and would like to schedule a late flight (or a red-eye if this is a West Coast trip) you can definitely do so.


Sunday, February 12, 2023

Take free airport shuttle


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