Poquoson City Highpoint Trip Report
multiple areas (10+ ft)
Date: December 11, 2006
Author: Michael Schwartz
This updates Chip Clark and Don Desrosiers' reports. Thanks to their efforts,
Poquoson can be done in a long day. Waterproof boots and briar-proof clothing
will make your day slightly more enjoyable. There is no ideal order for doing
the many areas. My strategy was to do the more difficult points first, namely
those near the Victory Christian Center, and leave the easy ones for later,
in case darkness loomed. Development is underway or imminent at some areas,
so Poquoson will remain a work in progress. Many areas require either asking
permission or doing a quick touch-and-run into a front, side, or backyard.
Almost all areas are so flat as to be unrecognizable without GPS telling you
where you are. I used the AAA "Virginia Peninsula" street map, which showed all
but the very newest streets. Don't attempt Poquoson without such a map.
Areas not mentioned require no comments from me.
Areas 1 and 2: The overgrown, swampy field beyond the Victory Christian Center is
heavily posted. I stopped at the office and got permission without problem.
I found Chip's ATV trail, which has devolved into a several-inches deep water course.
The briars were so bad everywhere else that I sloshed down the trail in
my non-waterproof boots. After reaching area 2, I should have continued east to
area 29 but had not recorded the coordinates. Rather than retrace my steps,
I followed a ribboned path south to Little Florida Road and returned to the
Christian Center via roads. I suggest doing area 2 directly from the road and
doing area 1 from the Center.
Areas 3-5: Access from the Bayside Convalescent Center per Chip.
Areas 8 and 9: See Chip/Don reports for slightly different takes on these points
in a development. Houses obviously sit on berms but are located within the contours.
Good choices as any.
Areas 10-15: I felt that the large oak tree in area 12 mentioned by Don was the
highest point of these several areas.
Area 19: Looks like a depression contour to me.
Areas 20 and 21: The new roads in the large development afford easy access to
these areas. The land has been extensively disturbed and no relief is evident.
Area 23: A new road, Volunteer Trail, runs along or inside the southeast side
of the area. Development in progress.
Area 27: Noticeable rise in the road, which looked as high as the area inside
Area 28: This area is between Terrace and Hudgins. I found other reports
confusing and GPS verified I was in the right place.
Area 29: Can be approached from area 2, from the auto wholesaler lot on Wythe
Creek or, as I did it, bushwhacking due north about 1/4 mile from Little Florida Road.
There are surveyor's ribbons everywhere and a realty sign at the road,
so it appears that extensive development is imminent. All approaches are very wet,
and relief is negligible.
Area 30: Not a true 10+ foot area, as the USGS benchmark is five feet up on the
wall of the school. It can be found some thirty feet east of the southeast
corner of the building, and five feet above ground. The disk is visible from
Area 33: GPS placed the contour in the open lot to the right of house #31.
Area 36: As Chip noted, this area is behind #100 Treis Trail. It's also about
200 feet behind #409 Willards Way. If you drive around to the cul-de-sac on
Champions Path, there is parking and open access to the woods, neither of which
is available on Treis or Willards. Follow use paths through open woods most of
the way to the liner highpoint, about 0.12 mile distant.
Area 37: GPS placed this liner at the back end of the sawmill.
Approach through the fairly open woods from Elliot Road.