Ascent of Britton Hill on 2018-04-09

Climber: Peter Stone

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, April 9, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Britton Hill
    Elevation:345 ft / 105 m

Ascent Trip Report

Part of a spring tour of the south-east USA, an area I didn't know at all well. My plan was to sample 9 'Red' states (to see what the folks there were really like) and along the way make sure I 'climbed' 5 state high points I hadn’t done before (LA, MO, MS, AL, FL), hiked up a few other mountains, and visited a couple of wish list historic sights and botanical reserves.

I’d spent the night before in Troy, AL and hardly had to enter Florida to bag this one. The location is easy to find and well signposted. After parking in one of the designated spaces I first visited and took photos at the fine granite monument inscribed ”Lakewood Park, Florida’s Highest Point, Elevation 345 ft” and then signed the register at the nearby kiosk/rest room in the landscaped park with its lawn, picnic benches and shade-giving trees. However the true high point is said to be elsewhere (many thanks to trip reporters - particularly Dave Covill for pointing this out and for providing useful information), so I entered the adjacent woods with GPS in hand: climax sandhill forest, dense with tall laurel oaks and with yaupon holly, huckleberry, and high-bush blueberry understory. I criss-crossed on paths in the woods to the described highpointer and old red benches, added some off-track forays into the undergrowth to potentially higher areas and found that my GPS registered at least 2 spots that appeared 2 metres higher than the monument.
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    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack

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