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Ascent of Nassau County High Point on 2011-03-09

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Nassau County High Point
    Location:USA-Florida
    Elevation:110 ft / 33 m

Ascent Trip Report

Dirt road/x-country from Pigeon Creek Road .... .75 miles, 80 minutes for all 3 Areas.

My main source of information was Michael Schwartz's excellent TR of 2006, the purpose of this report is to add/update his report.

From Jacksonville we found our way north on US1 to the stop light at the Town of Hilliard, where we continued north on US1 for 6.8 miles to Boulogne and a right on Lake Hampton Road (this intersection is .1 miles south of the Georgia State Line).
We traveled east 1.7 miles to a right on the dirt Pigeon Creek Road. We drove the dirt road south for .4 miles to a Cemetery (passing under 2 Transmission Power Lines with a dirt road that heads left (southeast) to Area 3 candidate High Point, I saved it for last a la Michael).
Ignoring the "No Trespassing" sign, we continued/turned left on the dirt road, as it heads east a short distance before going south again. At half a mile we parked the van on the side of the road, just before a crest in the road and at 2 Transmission Towers on the left. To the left (east) is the obvious high ground for Area 1, This was my TH.

Area 1 .... I walked east about 200 yards to the first house on this dirt road (I believe north of the house/barn refered-to by Michael as belonging to Richard Wilcox). No one home, so I wandered around/behind/east of the house and chose my highpoint at 30.76868, 81.94719, close to the PB coordinates. The total walk was about 600 yards.

Area 2 .... I returned to the van and continued down the main dirt road .25 miles to its end .... a sign "Cistern way" before an entrance with a small pond, leading to obvious high ground in a clearing with 2 houses and a number of secondary structures. A number of vehicles and 3 small loose/friendly dogs, but again no one home. I walked around (with the dogs) about 150 yards to the east of the houses, trying to touch the high ground. Difficult to pick "the" highpoint.

Area 3 .... We returned to the dirt road under the Transmission Power Lines on Pigeon Creek Road. I followed/stayed under the Power Lines southeast to obvious high ground at about 250 yards (pasture land), going through 2 gates, the second being electrified(?). Again I stomped around the high ground.

I have no way of checking/knowing which of the 3 Areas is the Highpoint.

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Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:15 ft / 5 m
    Elevation Loss:15 ft / 5 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:15 ft / 5 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.2 km
    Route:dirt road/x-country from pigeon creek road
    Trailhead:pigeon creek road  95 ft / 28 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:15 ft / 5 m
    Route:dirt road/x-country from pigeon creek road
    Trailhead:pigeon creek road  95 ft / 28 m



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