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Ascent of Buglow Creek State Park High Point on 2016-09-03

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Willie-Weimaraner Musser
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, September 3, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Buglow Creek State Park High Point
    Location:USA-Florida
    Elevation:26 ft / 7 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was far more rewarding that the last stop. This public land had a nice parking area and some actual trails to hike There is a steep bank separating the live oak hammock from the wetlands to the east and some of the live oaks are old and huge. Like most state parks in FL there is 400 year old live oak featured near the parking lot. Other than that I saw nothing that exciting.

For purposes of the naming a TH, I used the lower swamp area east of the parking lot at around elevation 6. The mosquitoes were still out in full force and Willie and I had to jog to keep them from covering my arms and legs. In rained hard on us so we only did the loop hike, back to the parking lot and then hiked down Dixie highway which is an old historic roadway that is narrow and heavily wooded on each side so at least it was a fairly pleasant road hike (if not far the rain and blood suckers). The Bulow State Park HP is not park of a trail system but is up near the roadway. Oddly, the state park does not have a boundary fence along the road nor a park fee like all the other state parks in FL so you could simply park along the side of the road and "walk in and tag the HP."

Willie and I were pleasantly surprised to see that the golden orb web spiders were far and few between here, and the woods were thin with little understory and you could walk in from the road quite some way and simply hike around (not the nasty bushwhack we had across the road in the Ormond Grave Park). I met have actually given this hike HP endeavor a full 3 out of 10 instead of 2, if it were not for the fact that we were hiking in the post-hurricane rain bands and being pestered by mosquitos. I would come back in winter or fall and hike in this park again when the rain and mosquitoes are not a problem.

On the way over to check out the next state park along our Saturday investigation, the dog and I stopped to see the old rum and sugar mill along the east side of Dixie Road called the "Dummett Sugar Mill Ruins"....interesting history there but...We did not stay long as the mosquitos on the legs were still unbearable.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:35 ft / 10 m
    Total Elevation Loss:35 ft / 10 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Raining
80F off and on rain
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:30 ft / 9 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 20 ft / 6 m; Extra: 10 ft / 3m
    Loss on way in:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:Loop Trail by parking, Dixie HWY, bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Parking Lot  6 ft / 1 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:25 ft / 7 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 20 ft / 6 m; Extra: 5 ft / 1m
    Gain on way out:5 ft / 1 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Loop Trail by parking, Dixie HWY, bushwhack
    End Trailhead:Parking Lot  6 ft / 1 m



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