Ascent to Port Royal Island High Point-Entrance Gate on 2011-03-12

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose
Date:Saturday, March 12, 2011
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Port Royal Island High Point - Entrance Gate
    Location:USA-South Carolina
    Elevation:35 ft / 10 m
    Remaining Elevation:10 ft / 3 m (0% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

You have to get prior permission to enter the grounds.

We drove onto the Island from the west side, crossing over the Broad River Bridge on hwy 170 to a left turn on Parris Island Road (follow sign 21N, just past Walmart). Drove 1.2 miles to a left on 21N then 1.4 miles to a left on SC116 (Laurel Bay Road). We continued 3.4 miles to the guarded Entrance Gate at the "Laurel Bay Naval Housing Facilities".
Entrance was denied, the friendly guard on duty told us entrance is only for army personnel or affiliated personnel. We said "Well we know you?", this brought a big smile.
We didn't get prior permission, the plan was to "deal with visitor control" on site (as noted in Michael Schwartz TR of 2008). The guard told us that there is no Visitor's Welcome Center on site, only a Welcome Center for Real Estate.
So we said "Great, we'd like to buy some property."
Another big smile, "Only army personnel can do that." He suggested we go to the recruiting center on Parris Island as he had to end our conversation because of the heavy/backed-up traffic.
We didn't see the connection between recruiting and permission to enter the facilities so we decided to leave it for another PB to find a way to get permission.

Summary Total Data
    Route:drive up to entrance gate

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