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Ascent of Oak Hill on 2011-02-04

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Friday, February 4, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Oak Hill
    Location:USA-Florida
    Elevation:331 ft / 100 m

Ascent Trip Report

Easy bushwack on flat ground ...... .6 miles, 35 minute RT.

I used Fred Lobdell again, this report will update/complement his TR of 1999. After Holmes County we found our way to Washington County and approached Oak Hill from the west on 276. We found Fred's driveway at the height-of-land on the south side of 276 (just west of Jarous Road), the name on mailbox #351 is Harden, beside it is a green sign "Harden Hill". The rough driveway leads/climbs south .26 miles to the house on the left.
The owner Butch Harden was outside doing chores. As I approached him, papers and compass in hand, he said with a big smile "You must be a highpointer."
"How do you know?" I smiled back.
"Most highpointers come here paper-in-hand."
The friendly informative host has no problems with highpointers, however he can't talk for his neighbor.
"He's not in, the highpoint is on his land, but I think you're OK."
He purchased the property in 1987 and it was his son's idea for the "Harden Hill" sign. He has a beautiful pine forest to the south. Today was a foggy/misty day with no visibility, "You must come back and see my great view to the east."

From his house I followed a 230 degree magnetic compass line all the way to the summit area. After the open Harden pine forest I came upon a north-south track and fence line, crossed the fence at a broken section, then through his neighbor's semi-dense woods to the highground area at a wide swath in the woods. Impossible for me to find "The" highpoint on this very flat ground. After tramping around I picked my spot at 30.69611, 85.46413. I estimate the distance from the house at .3 miles.

From here we moved on to Jackson County.

"IT'S BETTER TO WEAR OUT ONES SHOES THAN ONES COUCH,"
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:11 ft / 3 m
    Elevation Loss:11 ft / 3 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:11 ft / 3 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:bushwack from the harden house
    Trailhead:CR 276  320 ft / 97 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:11 ft / 3 m
    Route:bushwack from the harden house
    Trailhead:CR 276  320 ft / 97 m



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