Ascent of Indian Hill on 2016-11-06

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
Benjamin Musser
Date:Sunday, November 6, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Indian Hill
    Elevation:50 ft / 15 m

Ascent Trip Report

Visiting son on Marco Island and wanted to show him and Karen the Calusa people mounds. The purists will tell you to get the county HP you can count this one as the topographic relief was caused be indigenous people wasting their shells over hundreds of years and that is fine, go inland into the low flat boring pine flatwoods to stand at that lower exact spot in the county if you are a county HPer. For me this is actually an interesting "peakbag" point because as a peak or hill, it rises 50 feet above the water on an island and all of the bluffs and slopes are completely covered with vegetation and the land has bobcats and endangered gopher tortoises. In fact, we saw over 30 tortoises on our excursion. Clearly a record day for us.

I was curious, if this historic lot was sold yet and no it has not. The old relic remains of the hotel can still be seen (the old steps and foundation) and the area around it is full of tortoises. We rode our rental bikes from the north part of the island and then I walked, jogged, and rode, up the many Calusa people mounds that are now all roads and houses and appreciated just how large of an area on this island was shaped by native culture over a very long period. The amount of shells that it would take to reshape the entire back side of the island is staggering. Also, the amount of hills formed makes this a very exciting back ride (for FL) with many steep routes and hills that are 20, 30 40 and up to 50 feet above sea level. I am glad this peakbagger point is still in the database to explore.

I spent 3.5 hours on the bike and 1.0 hours hiking and jogging. I have never counted my bike miles before as I do not like confuse my hiking exercise with bike. On this trip, I mixed it up so much, I made an exception, and entered both. I would guess I got in 3 miles on foot and the rest on bike. I would guess I hiked half of the vertical on the other on bike. The steepest hills were just too fun to grind up hill on bike and probably harder on the legs. But one can still park at the road HP and hike a 1000 yards in to the HP if they did not want to make it journey full of exercise. I wanted the journey. A better way to appreciate the tortoises and the large mounds of the mighty Calusa people.

Update 11-11-2016. After this last entry the location was discussed between Greg, Dave Covill, and other CHP folks and it was deemed to be taken off the CHP list as it was not a "natural" peak. This was the last entry where it was still showing up as a CHP. I am glad, however, it is still a database destination of interest on peakbagger, as in FL there are few places to hike up and get some gain and view and its history is worth a quick visit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:445 ft / 135 m
    Total Elevation Loss:395 ft / 119 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Grade/Class:1 , 1+
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
    Weather:beuatiful 80F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:315 ft / 96 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 50 ft / 15 m; Extra: 265 ft / 80m
    Loss on way in:265 ft / 80 m
    Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Route:See TR
    Start Trailhead:See TR  0 ft / 0 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:130 ft / 39 m
    Gain on way out:130 ft / 39 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km

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