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Ascent of Hobe Benchmark on 2010-09-25

Climber: William Musser

Date:Saturday, September 25, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hobe Benchmark
    Location:USA-Florida
    Elevation:86 ft / 26 m

Ascent Trip Report

I rarely report a FL County HP cause they are mostly boring. Nestled in the middle of J. Dickinson State Park, this is kind of an interesting one and you can actually walk up something. The old coastal dunes from a past geologic era when the seas were much higher left this unusually high dune just off the intercoastal and you can see the Atlantic Ocean from this inland dune once you reach around 65 feet and at the top even better. They have a nice tower to climb up above 100 feet to look around. The vegetation is all xeric scrub: sand pines, myrtle oak, prickly pear cactus, Champman oak etc...

The site was used in WW2 for radar coastal defense so there is a lot of old military relics. You can see why they would pick this place as the highest point in south FL to observe from. Must have been an intersting vantage point for early americans watching boats approach from the east.

FL is the most boring place to look at HPs and there is no excercise in them, but this ranks as the most interesting (let's be real this is the flattest state in the Union)next to Sugarloaf in Lake County so far for me.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:71 ft / 21 m
    Total Elevation Loss:71 ft / 21 m
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:71 ft / 21 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 51 ft / 16 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Loss on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Route:boardwalk
    Start Trailhead:saddle by parking lot  35 ft / 10 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:51 ft / 15 m
    End Trailhead:saddle by parking lot  35 ft / 10 m



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