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Gator Lake Trail

Easy/Intermediate

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0.8 mile 1.3 kilometer point to point
100% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 10' 3 m
Descent: -14' -4 m
High: 17' 5 m
Low: 9' 3 m

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Avg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 2% (1°)

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Trail shared by Hardin Waddle

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A deep sugar sand path along the back dunes of a natural beach.

Hardin Waddle

Features Birding · Lake · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Runner Notes

Very soft sand. Would not be an easy run.

Description

This trail leads from a small parking area to the intersection with the Pine Beach Trail. Although it is relatively short, don't underestimate how strenuous this run can be. It is very soft sand, so it is a hard slog. Also, in the summer, it will be extremely hot. There is no shade, and even some of the breeze is blocked by the dunes.

What is amazing about this place is the fact that you are getting to see what the natural dunes look like up close. There are lots of native beach shrubs like the beach rosemary and a few stunted live oaks and sand pines. There is some prickly pear cactus and a lot of herbaceous beach plants like beach morning glory and seaside oxeye daisy. This is a rare habitat now due to all of the development along the gulf coast, so this is a special place.

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#209

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A Great Blue Heron forages along the banks of Gator Lake.
Feb 27, 2017 near Gulf Sh…, AL
Gopher Apple (Licania michauxii) grows in the dune vegetation along the trail.
Feb 27, 2017 near Gulf Sh…, AL

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