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Ascent of Tucker Hill on 2015-07-19

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, July 19, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Tucker Hill
    Location:USA-Florida
    Elevation:181 ft / 55 m

Ascent Trip Report

Of course I detest drive up highpointing and the tower, atop of this nifty little hill which may very well be the tallest point in the Withalacootchee Forest (since so much of it is is lower swampy land). So I crafted a nice 5 mile journey. I parked in the general parking area and hiked North of the Florida Trail until I found the ephemeral marsh near the pine flatwoods about a mile and half to the north and hiked down into the bottom of the grassy area and made that my starting elevation TH.

Then I continued north taking the NW Orange blaze instead of the yellow until I intercepted the east west ATV trail which was full of deer crossing the road in the heavily puddled areas from yesterday rain. I then hiked east until I found the Forest Road 5 which was just beyond the severe jog that shows up on the aerial. I then headed south. I was surprised to learn how many bike trails and horse trails this nice state use area has. Very impressive. Lots of opportunities for recreation but not a lot of use. I saw only one person all day and it was Sunday.

To maximize my hiking opportunities, I crossed the paved road (Croom Road) and headed south to the power line and then headed east along the power line until I found the lowest hole (sink feature) then I hiked SW along the power easement to the highest ground I could find just past the Florida Trail. Then turning back east, I retraced back to the Florida Trail and took it North back to the parking area. This loop including the small detours gave me over 5 miles in the woods and maximized the amount of vertical terrain that I could enjoy.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:334 ft / 101 m
    Total Elevation Loss:200 ft / 60 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
88F humid
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:334 ft / 101 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 134 ft / 41 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Loss on way in:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Route:Florida Trail to E/W forest road to FR5 to power l
    Start Trailhead:ephemeral marsh north of tower  47 ft / 14 m
    Time:1 Hours 25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:Fl Trail
    Time:15 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: FL Hill Trips

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Tucker Hill2015-07-19 a334 ft / 102 m
2Kirk Hill-Public R/W2015-07-19 b322 ft / 98 m
3Chinsegut Hill2015-07-19 c184 ft / 56 m
4Stage Coach Hill2015-07-19 d345 ft / 105 m
Total Trip Gain: 1185 ft / 361 m    Total Trip Loss: 929 ft / 283 m



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