Ascent of Miami-Dade County High Point on 2011-02-26

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Saturday, February 26, 2011
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Miami-Dade County High Point
    Elevation:34 ft / 10 m

Ascent Trip Report

We read all of the TRs, went with Dave Covill's TR which is the most detailed.

We got an early start and successfully drove-to/checked-out 24 of the 27 Candidate Highpoint Areas as listed by COHP.ORG by following Dave ..... we were unsuccessful at Area 13 (no access to north end of Virginia Key) and Areas 35 & 41 (also with no access - actually I erred at 41 as I approached from the west side instead of following Dave's approach from inside the park).

NB: ---- I learned in 2016 that COHP.ORG and PB have removed the candidates AREA 13 and AREA 14. These 2 areas are the Listed in PB as VIRGINIA KEY (with 2 areas), an Alternate Miami-Dade COHP. ---- as a result there are now 25 candidate high point areas plus Virginia Key (with 2 areas). I need to visit only AREA 35 & 41 plus Area 2 in Virginia Key, in order to complete this county. Perhaps another time.

The exercise was somewhat useless from a Peakbagger's view-point ..... as all of the Areas are in densely populated subdivisions located on a street or on a building, I would get out of the car, walk the-spot/around-the-building and be off to the next one. In all cases you have to ask yourself "What is natural here?".
We did however greatly enjoy our long day because of the off-the-path/touristy drive through many beautiful subdivisions, huge estates, private school grounds, church, etc. The Miami Skyline from Virginia Key is truly spectacular, we loved this spot.

We spent some time at Area 28, the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens (science and planetarium), beautiful densely wooded area with nature paths, the highground appears to be at the round-gravel-area at the pay/fee entrance (near the parking).
By default we also visited the Miami City highpont, Area 30 at the corner of 17th Avenue and Micanopy avenue.

Driving Directions to PB's main AREA 1 ..... from Sunny Isles Blvd (826) drive south on hwy 1 for .75 miles to a left turn (east) on 151st street, at 150 yards turn right on Biscayne Landing Blvd and drive to its end at .2 miles, on the left are high rise condos, on the right is a pond, straight ahead is fenced-off undeveloped rough land. To the left at about 10 o'clock is a Florida-mountain at 300 yards..... no doubt man-made. I found a hole in the fence and walked to the top and chose a spot just in case (25.90964, 80.15123). The PB coordinates puts the spot in a much-more-natural area.

Even though it wasn't a climbing day from a Peakbagger's point-of-view, it turned out to be a very enjoyable day. We visited areas that a tourist does not normally visit. We really loved our day, albeit very long. Hopefully we will revisit this part of Florida sometimes in the future and get a chance to complete the county.


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:9 ft / 2 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Route:a short walk up to 24 areas
    Trailhead:biscayne landing  25 ft / 7 m

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