Ascent of Fort Rosalie State Historic Park High Point on 2015-12-18

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, December 18, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Fort Rosalie State Historic Park High Point
    Elevation:220 ft / 67 m

Ascent Trip Report

Visited the very interesting antebellum estate called Rosalie ($12 a person) and enjoyed the history and restored home. Across the street was a green park according to the google maps and there is an impressive view from the estate down the bluff to the Mississippi River. While parked down at the estate, hiked down the paved road in the park past the large bus parking area to the lower area adjacent to the mighty river and watched the rapid current in awe. Then making the river edge my TH, jogged up the slope above the parking lot and bushwhack up into the park with no fence or signs saying to stay out. The estate guide had told me that the park was closed as it is still under construction to make a memorial to the old historic french fort that rested on the high ground within the public lands.I found the high ground but it was highly disturbed. I hiked bushwhacked back to the paved road and then hiked up to the historic marker and read it by the log cabin structure and then re-ascended up a different paved driveway to a sign that this time said no trespassing (cause it was under construction) but I walked around it to explore the high ground again from a different direction. I then hiked on back to the car parked at the Rosalie Estate where Karen was waiting.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:275 ft / 83 m
    Total Elevation Loss:95 ft / 28 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
    Grade/Class:1 and 2
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:240 ft / 73 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 180 ft / 55 m; Extra: 60 ft / 18m
    Loss on way in:60 ft / 18 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Route:Roadway at end of park to bushwack to roadway
    Start Trailhead:Mississippi River  40 ft / 12 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:35 ft / 10 m
    Gain on way out:35 ft / 10 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    End Trailhead:parking lot of Rosalie Estate  
Ascent Part of Trip: MS-Trip

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Pike County High Point2015-12-18 a165 ft / 50 m
2Franklin County High Point2015-12-18 b180 ft / 55 m
4Fort Rosalie State Historic Park High Point2015-12-18 d275 ft / 84 m
Total Trip Gain: 620 ft / 189 m    Total Trip Loss: 370 ft / 113 m

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