Ascent of Forest Ridge on 2011-02-27

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose
Date:Sunday, February 27, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Forest Ridge
    Elevation:29 ft / 8 m

Ascent Trip Report

A walk in the park with a short bushwack ....... .9 miles. 45 minutes RT.

One needs to read Fred Lobdell's excellent TR of 2000 to get a good historic overview of this highpoint. My intent here is to add detail to Fred's report.
This highpoint is the only one in all of South Florida Mainland that has any resemblance of a "highpoint", the rest are "on a table". I approached this one from the east (a la Fred) and checked out a shorter route from the south. I concluded that Fred's route is the recommended one ... it gives you a full appreciation of this beautiful ridge park/area, I like the fact that the community left one end of the park "wild".

From Fred's parking at the statue Major William Lauderdale, I walked west on the wide asphalted path on top of the park's manicured ridge, going over the first bump (26.07825, 80.27229) at 250 yards and the second bump (26.07897, 80.27457) at another 300 yards. Here the ridge drops to a col (where I had to go through a fence) before climbing again to the start of a heavily wooded summit "wild area" at about 150 yards and a covered Gazebo-Like structure. I walked a lesser path as it circles the summit, a pond is on the north side. Herd paths lead into the wild area.
From the Gazebo-Like structure I bushwacked north into the woods and found my highground at 26.07868, 80.27736 (very close to PB).
I estimate the distance from the parking at 750 yards, I do not know which of the 3 bumps noted here is the highest.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:14 ft / 4 m
    Total Elevation Loss:14 ft / 4 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:14 ft / 4 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.5 km
    Route:a walk in the park plus a bushwack.
    Start Trailhead:forest ridge blvd  15 ft / 4 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:14 ft / 4 m
    Route:a walk in the park plus a bushwack.
    End Trailhead:forest ridge blvd  15 ft / 4 m

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