Ascent of Mead Botanical Gardens Park High Point on 2016-11-03

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, November 3, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mead Botanical Gardens Park High Point
    Elevation:93 ft / 28 m

Ascent Trip Report

Why do I live in FL? Desperate to hike something new on public lands as there is no real peakbagging in FL and I have no trips for a few weeks to where there is real topographic relief and not wanting to attempt another flat county HP with 10 candidate HPs most of which are on private lands, I stumbled onto a public park with botanic gardens to check out. At least some boardwalks and paths and a place to bring the dog to get some exercise. Honestly, this park is the City of Winter Park so it is free. You get what you paid for in terms of well maintained grounds. Not much relief but some fall between the uplands west side and the red maple swamp in the NE corner. Perhaps I will come back with family to jog trails or give the dog a nice run. I am always happy to look at plants. Until I get to go where there are some peaks to bag......Mead will have to do. Any time in the woods beats a day in the office!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Total Elevation Loss:38 ft / 11 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:50 ft / 15 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 20 ft / 6 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m
    Loss on way in:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Route:meander entire park and all boarwalks and trails
    Start Trailhead:Swamp down near Lake Lillian  73 ft / 22 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:8 ft / 2 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    End Trailhead:Parking  85 ft / 25 m

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