Ascent of Citrus County High Point on 2011-02-11

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose
Date:Friday, February 11, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Citrus County High Point
    Elevation:230 ft / 70 m

Ascent Trip Report

A walk onto a golf course, requires permission ...... 200 yards, 15 minutes RT.

The highpoint is in the Upscale Gated Community of Citrus Hills and from the different reports its evident that many changes has taken place since Fred Lobdell's 1999 visit.

We found our way to Hernando (south of Williston on 41 or southwest of Ocala on 200). From 41 (Chicken King on corner) we drove west on CR486 (Ted Williams Parkway) to a left turn on N Terra Vista Blvd and the beautiful Main Entrance to "The Villages of Citrus Hills". A guarded gate is a few hundred feet inside the gate, to its right is the large Welcome Center.
The guard said that she couldn't let me in without a pass, she directed me to Deborah, the receptionist at the Welcome Center. Deborah had to call the manager with my request to visit the highpoint of Citrus County, who in-turn assigned a Real Estate Associate to escort me to the highpoint, wouldn't let me in alone.
Ken Pilcher , Licensed Associate, CHIP Realty, Inc. tel. 800 323 7703 or 352 746 6121, drove me in his car. He didn't know the location of the highground, he thought that it was in another area. He drove around some before I told him where PB put the spot.
He was told that the elevation was 268 feet, a map inside the Welcome Center had the elevation at 260 feet, I told him that PB has is at 230+ Feet. He promised himself to look into this.

He drove to W Doerr Path and parked the car at the second bend, we walked west at an open lot between 2 houses, onto the golf course to the obvious Highpoint, at about 100 yards from the Path. My coordinates read 28.89407, 82.44437. PB puts the spot at a much lower elevation. Numerous golfers on the course.
Outstanding views in all directions, unusual for the peninsula.
Ken was very informative, as a salesman should be, the 10,000 acre upscale community has homes from 175k$ to 1M$, Ted Williams was one of the first to purchase and there-by a catalyst for others, the Williams family still owns the property. They look after all of the outside work, he will send me a brochure (I couldn't refuse).

We drove the Ted Williams Parkway back to 41 then south to Hernando County.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:40 ft / 12 m
    Total Elevation Loss:40 ft / 12 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:short walk on golf course in citrus hills
    Start Trailhead:W doerr path, villages of citrus hills   190 ft / 57 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:40 ft / 12 m
    Route:short walk on golf course in citrus hills
    End Trailhead:W doerr path, villages of citrus hills   190 ft / 57 m

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