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Ascent of North Sugarloaf on 2014-08-25

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, August 25, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:North Sugarloaf
    Location:USA-Florida
    Elevation:250 ft / 76 m

Ascent Trip Report

After doing some field work in the area, all dressed up in boots and bushwhacking attire, and having just ran a mile to evade a nest of angry stinging bees (a strange robust bodied type like a bumble bee but with odd markings)I decided to lick my wounds and go see Sugarloaf mountain again. I parked at the bottom and hiked up and enjoyed the view of Lake Apopka more than 200 feet below. Enjoying the 92F heat and humid, I noticed on the walk up the CHP that there is another "peak" on the other side of the ravine to the North what appears to be North Sugarloaf. Although it stands only 250 feet above sea level it does have more than 100 feet of prominence. In FL, anything over 100 feet of Prominence is like...record setting ooo laa laa. The threshold of the tallest peaks in FL if you set at 100 feet of minimum prominence would be very very short!

I parked down on CR 561 along some "for sale" signs on the west side. Of course I am interested in looking at your Orange Grove. I walked down to the low point on this paved country road then walked up past my car and past Hidden Ridge Lane. I had already spied on the access from that paved road but I did not want to trespass on any private homes> I also looked at leaving from Sugar Bluff Road and there were a lot of no trespassing signs off that road. It was clear, however, that the peak ridge was a half orange grove, half longleaf pine plantation and was not marked.

Finding the open ridge between these two streets, the open country bushwhack was perfect. No tall plants or stinging insects or needles and it was actually a very pleasant walk up to the main ridge and there was open paths through the pine tree rows; cool and nice. no real views just nice terrain in some of the hillier countryside that FL has to offer.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:130 ft / 39 m
    Total Elevation Loss:130 ft / 39 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
92F hot
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:115 ft / 35 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 100 ft / 31 m; Extra: 15 ft / 4m
    Loss on way in:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:Bushwhack along ridge
    Start Trailhead:CR 561 along R/W in little sink by farm  150 ft / 45 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:115 ft / 35 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 100 ft / 31 m; Extra: 15 ft / 4m
    Gain on way out:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:same
    End Trailhead:same  150 ft / 45 m



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