Ascent of Grossman Hammock on 2011-02-21

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose
Date:Monday, February 21, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Grossman Hammock
    Elevation:10 ft / 3 m

Ascent Trip Report

Short walk ...... .4 miles, 30 minute RT.

From the intersection hwy 41/997 (north of Homestead) travel south on 997 for 17 miles to a right turn on Richmond Drive (SW168th Street), sign on corner "Everglade National Park". Travel west 6 miles to a right turn on SW237th Street (Chekika sign) then left on SW160th Street at .62 miles (Chekika Everglades National Park sign). Drive west, pass unmaned Park Entrance gate, stay left the fork and arrive at parking area about 1 mile.

Take any of the 2 boardwalks that lead to the picnic grounds past a gator pond at about 300 yards. The picnic grounds is an open grass area surrounded by thick woods at the summit area. The PB coordinates puts the highpoint on the north side of the clearing. I chose my spot at the edge of the woods 25.61498, 80.58414.
At the south side of the clearing is much higher ground, the rangers Kay and Scott told us that this is artificial, a result of the artisan well and pond that was dug-up in the area.
We saw 2 gators and a number of birds at the pond.

Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:walk from south side parking
    Start Trailhead:parking at end of 160th street  
Descent Statistics
    Route:walk from south side parking
    End Trailhead:parking at end of 160th street  

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