Ascent of New Smyrna Beach High Point on 2015-10-18

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser <3472>; Janelle M.
Date:Sunday, October 18, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:New Smyrna Beach High Point
    Elevation:35 ft / 10 m

Ascent Trip Report

Helps to have friends that live in the condo Monorca and the ability to go on weekend walks with them since the condo has a private gate. Family and friends took a nice walk around the entire Smyrna Dunes Park twice with its many meandering and hilly boardwalk that goes up and down the dunes and to the beach and lagoon and ended with visit to the condo where are friends live and then back to the parking area. Some good views at elevation 25 within the Dunes park and some nice tower boardwalks; most of the highest ground in the park are off limits and protected land. So to visit Monorca and get the HP is anticlimactic so I tie in an entire hike and visit around the mangroves, dunes, and ocean within the Volusia County park as the part of the overall journey each time.

For training purposes, since this is in FL where it is too flat, you can use the raised dune boardwalks to climb extra steps and get more exercise. Many people run up and down the dune crossings and the observation tower just to get some vertical steps in. I make that part of my circuit each time otherwise there is little vertical gain on the legs other than the small meander over the dunes themselves. Interestingly, I have estimated the vertical going up and down all of the dune crossovers and running up and down the tower several times by counting the rise steps or estimating 5 foot increments to the horizon and each time I have been within 5% of the vertical gain in equivalent stair steps that my pedometer estimates. Pretty good!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:125 ft / 37 m
    Total Elevation Loss:90 ft / 27 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:95 ft / 28 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 35 ft / 10 m; Extra: 60 ft / 18m
    Loss on way in:60 ft / 18 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Uses the boardwalks in Volusia Symrna Dunes Park a
    Start Trailhead:Atlantic Ocean  0 ft / 0 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:30 ft / 9 m
    Gain on way out:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:boardwalk and paved roads

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