Ascent of Manatee County High Point on 2011-02-13

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Sunday, February 13, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Manatee County High Point
    Elevation:135 ft / 41 m

Ascent Trip Report

PB has 13 candidate Highpoint Areas for this County. We took the whole day to visit all of them, luckily we had a beautiful sunny day. I have concluded that a number of these candidates should be remove from the list.

I have used the PB numbering system as best as I understood it. We approached from the north so we visited the candidates in the order listed below.

Area 7 ..... I used Larry Lawton's TR of 2002 as a guide. We drove south on 37 from Lakeland to the point where four Counties meet at the four corners (Hillsborough, Polk, Hardee, Manatee). From the Manatee County Sign at the four corners we continued south on 37 for .62 miles and parked the car ..... dense swamp to the west with tall berm in the distance, 10 foot high berm on the east (hiding a phosphate quarry). I couldn't find the orange plastic stake BM that Larry refers-to.
I picked my spot on the left (east) side of the road at a big tree, my GPS read 27.64007, 82.06165. Larry's coordinates puts the spot on the side of the berm. I personally feel that with the road/berm construction of the past there is no natural land in this Area 7 and it should be removed as a candidate.
After checking out a few other Areas we found by chance an orange Witness Post Survey Marker .37 miles south of my chosen Area 7 spot, beside it was an orange wood-slat marked "Y708" and "Y708" also painted on the shoulder of the road. On the ground a Geodetic Marker embeded in concrete "Geodetic Control Mark Y708, 2008", for information we are to contact "The Director National Geodetic Survey, Dept of Commerce, Washington. DC, 20230." Its evident that this is a new survey so one must contact Washington to find out the meaning of this Marker. My GPS reading at this Marker was 27.63615, 82.06622.
***** in entering this report it looks as if I erred here, PB puts Area 7 in the area of the flashing light and not down the road.

Area 6 ..... From Area 7 we drove back north on 37 for .43 miles to the flashing light and the large sign "Mosaic, Four Corners Mine". We turned left (west) on 4 Corners Mine Road for about half a mile looking for the highground on the right. Between the road and a RR track (tall berm beyond) on the right is a row of trees (the ground lower than the road). As far as I'm concerned (with all the construction of the past) natural ground doesn't exist here, this area should be removed as a candidate.

Area 5 ..... On the south side of the 4 Corners Mine Road is a dense swampy belt of vegetation with a tall berm at about 75 yards. I chose my spot as the highground at .72 miles from the flashing light, GPS 27.64592, 82.06796. Again "Is this natural ground."

Area 8 ..... At 2.1 miles south of the flashing light on 37 there is a gated woods track on the west side (with a man-way to one side), a tall berm few hundred yards beyond. I randomly picked a spot in the long flat grass area at about 50 yards, 27.61889, 82.08672.

Area 4,9, 10 & 11 ..... I walked all these areas and they look all the same to me and I couldn't identify anything that is highground.

Area 12 ..... At .2 miles north of the intersection 37/Bradley Road on 37, there is a gated sand track on the west side. I hopped over the gate and walked the track/xcountry .35 miles in a northwest direction and chose my spot as the highground at 27.60861, 82.10546. This is open grass area with some small pines.

Area 13 ..... From junction 37/62 we drove east on 62 for 3.4 miles to a gated farm road (open) on the right signed "Heart Groves", we turned right and drove south .43 miles to the second east-west drainage ditch. This whole area is huge beautiful orange groves. I walked west .25 miles along the drainage ditch between the orange groves.

Area 1 (PB's main area) ..... half a mile, 20 minutes RT.
From Area 13 we drove back to junction 37/62 where we continued west on 62 for 2.11 miles to a right turn on CR39. Traveled north on CR393.8 miles to a right turn on Carlton Road (400 yards to the north on CR39 in the Hillsborough County Line), then east .78 miles to a dirt road on the left, parked the van, this was my TH. The highpoint is due north.
The dirt road is fenced on both sides, badly overgrown with tall grass and doesn't appear to be used.
I walked the overgrown road north about 300 yards to PB's coordinates in the middle of an open grass field (surrounded by woods). After tramping around I chose my highground in the woods, right at the Hillsborough County Line (at the fence), west of north, my GPS read 27.64607, 82.13334.
**** NB -- There is a Power Line and a fence-line right on the County Line.

Area 2 & 3 ..... From Area 1 dirt road we continued east/south on Carlton Road for 1.68 miles to a height-of-land and parked the van at a underground telephone post #44 on east side of road (this is 300 yards north of Albritton Road to the south) This is the Area 3 highground (forgot to take a reading).
The Area 2 highground is 300 yards to the west in very flat grazing pasture with cows. I didn't see the need to look for permission.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:5 ft / 2 m
    Elevation Loss:5 ft / 2 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:5 ft / 2 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:dirt road nb fom carlton road
    Trailhead:carlton road  130 ft / 39 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:5 ft / 2 m
    Route:dirt road nb fom carlton road
    Trailhead:carlton road  130 ft / 39 m

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