Ascent of Sixteenth Hill-Three Rivers State Park High Point on 2014-05-17

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, May 17, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Sixteenth Hill-Three Rivers State Park High Point
    Elevation:204 ft / 62 m

Ascent Trip Report

After doing the highpoint of Torreya State Park and that is a nice hike and great way to spend a day! we decided it was still light out so why not drive up from Torreya and see what the border has to offer and see Lake Seminole. The park is pretty simply and not a lot to do. It has access to the huge dammed lake and some hiking trails down low over some attractive but limited lands. The public lands highpoint, however, is near the guard gate - quite anticlimactic so I decided to make it a quick but energetic endeavor. So for those wanting to HP the State Parks of FL, we parked down at the boat launch and touched water. It was nearing park close and Karen was tired after our long hikes in Torreya, so she simply watched the lake and gave me a headstart and I road hiked back up towards the gate and then jumped on the bike trails and bushwhacked the last bit to this somewhat disappointing named USGS feature. Each one of these SPHPs that I do have a surprise journey for me. It is like Forest Gump's box of chocolates. Sometimes you get a caramel filling (like Jonathan Dickinson State Park) but in this case, I would say the HP was like picking out a coconut filled chocolate. Disappointing when you bite into it.

I walked at a brisk 4 mph pace up the park road and then cut over neat the top and was only slowed by the brief bushwhack. The more interesting part of the trip, was our journey back to the trailer at Torreya State Park. We decided to check out the Woodruff Lock and Dam that forms Lake Seminole. Nestled along side of state mental hospitals and state correctional institutions, it is quite a structure that holds back three rivers and makes a huge lake on the FL-GA border and feeds the Apalachicola River. Really it is fed more by 2 larger rivers the Flint River and the Chattahoochee River. I was surprised to see the volume of water that spills out of GA and into FL toward the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoyed meeting some locals that were most colorful and learned to differentiate and eat ripe red mulberries (which look like black berries but from a tree) and taught them about freshwater colonial Bryozoans (large gelatinous masses somewhere between a jellyfish and a coral) which they had inadvertently caught fishing instead of a stripped bass.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:182 ft / 55 m
    Total Elevation Loss:69 ft / 20 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:182 ft / 55 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 127 ft / 39 m; Extra: 55 ft / 16m
    Loss on way in:55 ft / 16 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Route:paved roads and bike trails
    Start Trailhead:Edge of Lake Seminole  77 ft / 23 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:14 ft / 4 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    End Trailhead:Guard gate pick up  190 ft / 57 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Torreya

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Logan Hill2014-05-17 a275 ft / 84 m
2Torreya State Park High Point2014-05-17 b1275 ft / 389 m
3Sixteenth Hill-Three Rivers State Park High Point2014-05-17 c182 ft / 55 m
4Torreya Challenge Tract High Point2014-05-181608 ft / 490 m
Total Trip Gain: 3340 ft / 1018 m    Total Trip Loss: 3209 ft / 978 m

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