West Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Miami-Dade County, Florida. It is within Everglades National Park. It is 0.3 miles long and begins at 2 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 3 feet. The Pier, and Pier are near the trailhead. There are also parking and restrooms.
West Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"The West Lake Mangrove Trail boardwalk offers a good look at all three types of mangrove forests growing in brackish lakes like this one and on Florida’s coasts. The walk here also presents a rare opportunity to see the almost extinct American crocodile. Mangroves are a vital part of the Everglades ecosystem. They are nurseries for shrimp, crabs, lobsters, and small fish: The tight mangrove roots make wonderful hiding places to protect the tiny marine life from predators. Mosquitoes and mangroves go hand in hand, so take repellent."
--M. Timothy O'Keefe, Hiking South Florida and the Keys (Falcon Guides).
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