You take the old Sawmill Road (now called Paces Dike) follow it south past the SW corner of the old dike and pass Tin Top Camp on the right and it will take you to only one of 2 good spots to cross Gum Slough. You should see logs laid down where they tried to build up the road so vehicles could cross. After crossing Gum Slough you will be in the Lost Mans Pines. All high and dry most of the year. I would imagine this is where the walkable trail was on to Lostmans 5. I have an old map if I can find it. But I also have heard of the other Gum Slough crossing at Dayhoffs but I have never been there and this may be the 1925 Gum Slough crossing 2 miles west of Pinecrest you speak of.
Keith W said:
I still gotta say, though, that Tebeau's account of a walkable trail from the Loop to Lostman's 5 does stir the imagination something fierce!
"...the Chevelier Corporation was building the 'Loop Road' west into Monroe County. Visitors to Poinciana drove to a point about two miles west of Pinecrest, from which they then walked six miles south to a canoe landing on a branch of the upper part of Lostman's River known as Lostman's 5."
Hey Keith, I remember the remains of an old Bald Cypress bridge about 2 miles west of Pinecrest, as the crow flies, crossing the canal south of the Loop Road near Dayhoffs, left over from the logging days. Very few people know of its existence as it cannot be easily seen even if you are walking by. It may still be there. I wonder if this is your trail?
It would be a little more than 6 miles to a canoe landing but maybe they didnt want to discourage any potential buyers with a 10 mile hike. They would then most likey cross Gum Slough at the second lesser known crossing I spoke of. Isnt there a canal cut by the Chevelier Corporation near Lostmans 5? Could this canal be the landing they walked to?