Ascent of Windley Key Quarry on 2012-10-27

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
Date:Saturday, October 27, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Windley Key Quarry
    Elevation:16 ft / 4 m

Ascent Trip Report

Finally Hurricane Sandy moved off and away and we has sunny skies on our vacation but the winds was still gusting to 35 to 40 mph. We stopped at the Windley Key Quarry State Geological Site and State Park and enjoyed the geological and botanical information.

We saw lots of interesting historical structures, an infant racoon in the trail and at least 30 species of tropical trees I was not familiar with. The high tides and surge took portions of the trails under water and we waded through. The quarry pit was interesting over 8 feet deep in places and yet completley dry with all this martime hammock growing up out of the porous limestone. We came to one stretch of trail and there scores of hunter wasps (like Cicada Killers) burrowing into the mud and as we walked through them they would etiher fly out and away or scatter back to their holes. They were really large like nearly 1.5 to 2 inches long! But there were quite gentle.

Who knows where the actual higest point is in this undulating limestone terrain with its solutions depressions and quarried alterations but the trails meander you all over the park and i would think you either hit the highest knob or are within inches of it. I found one knob just off the trail that might have been it? Close enough. Enjoy the trails. Enjoy the meanders and solution cavities. Enjoy the wall were they cut through 200,000 years of coral reef geology and the various coral and shells. And as you look up from the wall of limestone-coral think that there was 25 of shallow sea above your head only 200,000 years ago. Kind of like SUCBA diving in reverse and then call it bagged.

All the extra gain if you chose to count it - is the trails going up the ridges and back down in the quarry and back.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:56 ft / 16 m
    Total Elevation Loss:40 ft / 12 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Clear
beautiful but windy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:36 ft / 10 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 16 ft / 4 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Loss on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:all of the park trails and quarry
    Start Trailhead:State Park entrance then down to water line  0 ft / 0 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:20 ft / 6 m
    Gain on way out:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    End Trailhead:same  

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