Ascent of De Leon Springs State Park High Point on 2014-01-25
|Others in Party:||Karen 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 ReportWinter 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|
| 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|
| 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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