Ascent of De Leon Springs State Park High Point on 2014-01-25

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
Willie-Weimaraner Musser
Date:Saturday, January 25, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:De Leon Springs State Park High Point
    Elevation:22 ft / 6 m

Ascent Trip Report

Winter time stuck in FL so been working on going back to all the state parks and finding their highpoints even if located with little vertical relief. I had been here before for the famous griddle pancake breakfast but never to check out the spring itself and hike the nature trails.

We had to laugh at this. Talk about trying to make your park's nature trail sound exciting check this out from the trail map and I quote, "This trail is not for the leisurely walker, but for those who like a challenge. It can be extremely hot, wet (flooding in summer), with ticks, chiggers, and mosquitoes. Venomous snakes are not common but do inhabit this area. Watch your step! Wear appropriate clothing.............." etc. Oh, and then you are required to sign in and register if you are doing the out full long loop of the whopping 4.2 miles! Oh, and then there was the warning about going and running if you see the black bear cubs cuz, mama would be near by and attack us. I inquired how long the hike was to do it all and the rangers said 2.5 hours. I said, well now, doesn't that depend upon how fast you hike? We signed the forms and read it was about 4.2 miles. We walked the dog that 4.2 miles in 1.5 hours.

Grabbing the leash and deciding to brave this scary trail and bushwhack over to the railroad R/W, we left the rangers and walked down to visit the spring and I went down and touched water at the river and called that my trailhead and then back up to the nature trail. We were lucky. No bears, ticks, mosquitoes, no vampires, no swampthings,etc..., just turned out to be a nice hike through the hardwood swamps. Trail meandered through sweetbay, sweetgum, loblolly bay, loblolly pine, laurel oak, live oak, swamp live oak, bald cypress, sabal palm and magnolia. Nice trails but a lot of roots to step over. Bushwhacked over to railroad to find the apparent highpoint. Total mileage was 4.8 miles from springhead. Went down to the alternate HP but paved BM probably was outside of the park boundary.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:30 ft / 9 m
    Total Elevation Loss:30 ft / 9 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.8 mi / 7.7 km
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:parking up to nature trail to Wild Persimmon Trail
    Start Trailhead:Springhead walk  2 ft / 0 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:30 ft / 9 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 20 ft / 6 m; Extra: 10 ft / 3m
    Gain on way out:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Wild Persimmon Trail back to spring
    End Trailhead:same  2 ft / 0 m

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