We followed this wet ATV trail in water up to our shins for awhile before heading off onto another old, unmarked trail. Along the way we saw bear, deer, raccoon, bobcat, alligator, and various bird tracks.
Walking through deep water in the Everglades is like no other experience on Earth. I highly suggest trying it! On these wet trails you will see the most amazing flora!
After about 2-2.5 miles, we arrived at Tarpon Lake. It is one of the few deep lakes in the Everglades, meaning about 50-60 feet deep.
A few of us headed further into the swamp to look for orchids growing on trees, specifically the ghost orchid which blooms around this time of year. Sadly, we didn't find any.
On our way back to the parking lot, our leader decided to take us a different way and we ended up having to walk through Sawgrass higher than our heads. There's a reason it's called sawgrass and our bleeding wounds proved it lived up to its name.
Overall, it was a really great hike that I would love to do again in the future, minus the sawgrass.