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Ascent of Hillsborough County High Point on 2011-02-12

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Saturday, February 12, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Hillsborough County High Point
    Location:USA-Florida
    Elevation:160 ft / 48 m

Ascent Trip Report

A good sand track and a xcountry trek westbound from Walter Hunter Road ...... 2.8 miles, 75 minutes RT.

My chose approach was from the east, so from Lakeland we drove south on 37 to Bradley Junction to Doc Durance Road on the right (just after the RR tracks), large sign "Road closed take CR640", Oh, Oh!!, now what? We decided to use CR640 and approach the highpoint from the west, so we turned around and drove 3.5 miles back north on 37 to CR640. Turned left and traveled west 7.75 miles to Walter Hunter Road (1 mile past the only flashing light at Keysville Road). We turned left (south) on the paved road for 4 miles to its end, Jameson Road to the right. Parked the van, the highpoint area is about 2 miles to the east, this was my TH.

I would find out that the PB coordinates puts the spot at a lower elevation, I chose 3 Areas as possible candidates for the highground, all as described below.
I walked around a gate and walked east on a good (driveable) sand track, between a Power Line to the left and fence-line to the right (large flat grazing land with cows). At 1 mile the Power Line turns north and straight ahead is a gate I hopped over the gate and continued east on the sand track. The land ahead is all open grass fields

Area 1 .... as I walked east the first highground Area was straight ahead at a height-of-land, at 250 yards I turned north 20 yards, tramped around the grass to my chosen spot, 27.79234, 82.08556.

Area 2 .... I returned to the sand track and continued east 100 yards to a clump of tall shade trees (reminded me of an oasis), the sand track curves to the right. I stayed straight through the trees and walked xcountry another 100 yards to the next height-of-land, and my chosen highground at a small tree, I added an orange flag tape. My GPS read 27.79193, 82.08350(200 yards east of Area 1).

Area 3 .... I continued east xcountry, dropped/crossed a drainage area and climbed up the other side to the next height-of-land. There are numerous survey stakes in this area. After walking in circles I chose my spot at 27.79149, 82.08098, tied an orange flag tape to a tree, about 250 yards from Area 2
The PB coordinates puts the spot to the southwest of this Area 3, at a much lower elevation. The area appears to have been surface-mined even though its full of vegetation.

Of my 3 Areas I'm picking Area 1 as "The Highpoint", I think Area 3 is lower and is not a candidate. I'm not sure of course and I look to future Highpointers with better instrumenation/skills to find "The Highpoint". A reliable eyelevel would definitely help.

The goggle maps show a lot of water in this area, I did not find that except for the drainage talked about in Area 3.

"I WOULDN'T MIND WAKING UP DEAD TOMORROW MORNING." ........ Hebertism

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:30 ft / 9 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:sand track/xcrountry wb from walter hunter rd
    Trailhead:walter hunter road, S of CR640  130 ft / 39 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country



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