Ascent of Roberts Lakes Strand High Point on 2015-02-24

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Jeff Butt
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Roberts Lakes Strand High Point
    Elevation:10 ft / 3 m

Ascent Trip Report

Swamp hike - feet got soaked within a quarter mile of the car and stayed that way all day! We only saw 2 copperheads and no water moccasins. Last time Jeff was out here, he had to move about 12 water moccasins off the trail. The trail was also quite dry, which meant ankle deep mud most of the way. We only hiked through water for short stretches. We turned around at the southern campsite, which is dry. We had to be back in Fort Myers for Pennsylvania Dutch pot pie that my Aunt Joanne (Jeff's mom) was cooking for us! Out in Roberts Lake Strand, there is a large mound that pokes up above the surrounding swamp. As the ground out here is all 7 ft above sea level and the mound was about 3-4 ft higher, I went with a more conservative 10 ft as its elevation. Very daunting... While we were out in the strand, we were followed around by a river otter who was checking us out, trying to figure out what we were doing out there. We got a lot of pictures of it. Overall, a great intro to swamp hiking in Florida. Not for the faint of heart, but also not any uphill! Pics

9.7 miles
5 hrs 25 min car-to-car with breaks
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