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Florida's biggest hill! Summiting Sugarloaf Mountain
Published: 2016/11/29
Channel: Seth's Bike Hacks
Sugarloaf Mountain Clermont Florida Drone
Sugarloaf Mountain Clermont Florida Drone
Published: 2014/12/13
Channel: Vic DeVore
Sugarloaf Mountain Florida Scenic Ride on a Triumph Tiger 800
Sugarloaf Mountain Florida Scenic Ride on a Triumph Tiger 800
Published: 2015/12/19
Channel: Moto Virg
Cycling up sugarloaf mountain Florida
Cycling up sugarloaf mountain Florida
Published: 2008/08/18
Channel: Blacksexi
Sugarloaf Mountain: How to Cycle Our Biggest Hill
Sugarloaf Mountain: How to Cycle Our Biggest Hill
Published: 2014/10/09
Channel: Orlando Sentinel
SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN RD. REPEATS, 51 mph descent
SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN RD. REPEATS, 51 mph descent
Published: 2015/08/30
Channel: zerodefectmachine
Sugarloaf Mountain near Clermont Florida
Sugarloaf Mountain near Clermont Florida
Published: 2011/07/03
Channel: gringoloco2000
Sugarloaf Mountain Florida Aerial Flight
Sugarloaf Mountain Florida Aerial Flight
Published: 2014/12/12
Channel: Vic DeVore
Florida Twisties and Dank Whoolies at Sugarloaf Mountain
Florida Twisties and Dank Whoolies at Sugarloaf Mountain
Published: 2016/02/11
Channel: TheCHomerMoto
GoPro: Cycling Sugarloaf Mountain In Lake County, Florida
GoPro: Cycling Sugarloaf Mountain In Lake County, Florida
Published: 2014/09/20
Channel: John Cutter
My First Ever Attempt Up Sugarloaf Mountain, Florida
My First Ever Attempt Up Sugarloaf Mountain, Florida
Published: 2016/09/15
Channel: Banana Bros
Sugarloaf Mountain - Florida
Sugarloaf Mountain - Florida
Published: 2017/01/23
Channel: The Ride Xperience
Central Florida Sugar Loaf Mountain Ride
Central Florida Sugar Loaf Mountain Ride
Published: 2014/05/25
Channel: Moto Z
Abandoned Florida (sugar loaf mountain full footage)
Abandoned Florida (sugar loaf mountain full footage)
Published: 2014/07/20
Channel: Latin Vixen
Assault on Sugarloaf Mountain Florida
Assault on Sugarloaf Mountain Florida
Published: 2016/08/09
Channel: Cycle Florida
Sugarloaf Mountain Florida
Sugarloaf Mountain Florida
Published: 2015/10/31
Channel: Joel Torres
Sugarloaf Mountain
Sugarloaf Mountain
Published: 2012/08/25
Channel: RC62
Florida Cycling Sugarloaf Mountain
Florida Cycling Sugarloaf Mountain
Published: 2016/01/09
Channel: ChillyWillyGoCycling
Abandoned Sugarloaf Mountain Golf & Country Club
Abandoned Sugarloaf Mountain Golf & Country Club
Published: 2014/10/29
Channel: The Proper People
Abandoned Florida: Sugar Loaf Mountain Golfing Community
Abandoned Florida: Sugar Loaf Mountain Golfing Community
Published: 2014/07/20
Channel: Latin Vixen
Sugarloaf Mountain,Lake County,Florida
Sugarloaf Mountain,Lake County,Florida
Published: 2010/12/13
Channel: erdenham
Sugarloaf Mountain, Central Florida hills.
Sugarloaf Mountain, Central Florida hills.
Published: 2015/05/17
Channel: Orlando Cycling Magazine
Sugarloaf Mtn Big Wheels
Sugarloaf Mtn Big Wheels
Published: 2010/07/18
Channel: ST1300Ace
Leesburg 2016 ride to Sugarloaf Mountain Florida(1)
Leesburg 2016 ride to Sugarloaf Mountain Florida(1)
Published: 2016/04/28
Channel: Marie Tatro
Leesburg 2016 ride to Sugarloaf Mountain Florida(3)
Leesburg 2016 ride to Sugarloaf Mountain Florida(3)
Published: 2016/04/28
Channel: Marie Tatro
British Cars at Sugarloaf Mountain Florida
British Cars at Sugarloaf Mountain Florida
Published: 2017/01/16
Channel: kleins38
Sugarloaf Mountain on a longboard
Sugarloaf Mountain on a longboard
Published: 2013/07/23
Channel: RauschThe
Florida Is Not Flat
Florida Is Not Flat
Published: 2012/12/17
Channel: Millenniumforce
Sugarloaf Florida Ride
Sugarloaf Florida Ride
Published: 2014/02/19
Channel: chistrito25
Hills in Florida? Sugarloaf Mountain!
Hills in Florida? Sugarloaf Mountain!
Published: 2014/10/11
Channel: Jeff White
Drive to the Top Of Sugarloaf Mountain, Florida
Drive to the Top Of Sugarloaf Mountain, Florida
Published: 2017/01/04
Channel: kleins38
Sugarloaf Mountain, FL Lightning Strike 2
Sugarloaf Mountain, FL Lightning Strike 2
Published: 2015/06/21
Channel: Vic DeVore
These Are the Mountains of Florida
These Are the Mountains of Florida
Published: 2012/06/17
Channel: Ryan Feinberg
Sugarloaf Mountain Ride
Sugarloaf Mountain Ride
Published: 2014/01/08
Channel: girlracerphoto
KoC 2012:  King of Sugarloaf Mountain
KoC 2012: King of Sugarloaf Mountain
Published: 2012/02/04
Channel: Cameron Kirkner
The Sugarloaf Mountain Band @ Cody Jacks, Minneola, Florida
The Sugarloaf Mountain Band @ Cody Jacks, Minneola, Florida
Published: 2011/05/28
Channel: AllStarPromos
Earth Dogs  at  Sugarloaf Mountain (Florida
Earth Dogs at Sugarloaf Mountain (Florida
Published: 2016/05/14
Channel: rx9s
Leesburg 2016 ride to Sugarloaf Mountain Florida(2)
Leesburg 2016 ride to Sugarloaf Mountain Florida(2)
Published: 2016/04/28
Channel: Marie Tatro
Sugarloaf Ride Nov
Sugarloaf Ride Nov '15
Published: 2015/11/08
Channel: Performance Projects
Mini Cooper with GoPro Sugarloaf Mountain in Florida
Mini Cooper with GoPro Sugarloaf Mountain in Florida
Published: 2014/05/25
Channel: hisatennis
Sugarloaf Mountain (Long Way on Motorcycles)
Sugarloaf Mountain (Long Way on Motorcycles)
Published: 2014/03/09
Channel: motorcyclefreedom
DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ @ Sugarloaf Mountain, FL
DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ @ Sugarloaf Mountain, FL
Published: 2014/06/27
Channel: Vic DeVore
Down Sugarloaf Mountain road
Down Sugarloaf Mountain road
Published: 2011/12/26
Channel: JChoneybell
Sugar loaf mountain longboard session june 28th 2015
Sugar loaf mountain longboard session june 28th 2015
Published: 2015/07/01
Channel: Kasey Nesselrotte
New Years Day Ride 2012 (Sugarloaf Mountain) Gator Motorcycle Riders & CMA
New Years Day Ride 2012 (Sugarloaf Mountain) Gator Motorcycle Riders & CMA
Published: 2012/01/05
Channel: GatorGuy696969
20237 Sugarloaf Mountain
20237 Sugarloaf Mountain
Published: 2014/09/17
Channel: Cheryl Hilty Huth/Watson Realty Corp
20716 Sugarloaf Mountain Rd | Clermont, Florida
20716 Sugarloaf Mountain Rd | Clermont, Florida
Published: 2016/08/11
Channel: Kindred Real Estate Group
sommer sports florida challenge intimidator triathlon sugarloaf mountain climb video footage11
sommer sports florida challenge intimidator triathlon sugarloaf mountain climb video footage11
Published: 2015/05/28
Channel: BULLFROG ENDURANCE Jeremy Arguelles
Colombian Cyclists Set A Fast Pace While Climbing The Steepest Hill In Florida
Colombian Cyclists Set A Fast Pace While Climbing The Steepest Hill In Florida
Published: 2010/03/22
Channel: JOEL CHAVEZ
Sugarloaf descent
Sugarloaf descent
Published: 2015/08/30
Channel: Jeff Black
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Sugarloaf Mountain
SugarloafMountain Road.jpg
Road leading to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain
Highest point
Elevation 312 ft (95 m) [1]
Prominence 245 ft (75 m) [1]
Listing Florida’s Highest Points
Coordinates 28°38′58″N 81°43′59″W / 28.6494413°N 81.7331317°W / 28.6494413; -81.7331317Coordinates: 28°38′58″N 81°43′59″W / 28.6494413°N 81.7331317°W / 28.6494413; -81.7331317
Geography
Sugarloaf Mountain is located in Florida
Sugarloaf Mountain
Sugarloaf Mountain
Location in Florida
Location Lake County, Florida,
United States
Parent range Lake Wales Ridge
Topo map USGS Astatula
Geology
Age of rock ~2,000,000 years
Mountain type uplifted coastline
Climbing
Easiest route Hike, Road

Sugarloaf Mountain is the fifth highest named point in the state of Florida. At 312 feet (95 meters) above sea level it is also the highest point on the geographic Florida Peninsula.[1] The mountain is in Lake County, near the town of Clermont. Comparatively, Florida's highest point, Britton Hill, rises to 345 feet (105 meters) above sea level in the Florida Panhandle. However, Sugarloaf Mountain is the most prominent point in the entire state.[3]

Geography[edit]

Sugarloaf Mountain, located along the western shore of Lake Apopka in Lake County, Florida, is the northernmost named upland associated with the Lake Wales Ridge, a series of sand hills running south to Highlands County. The mountain, really a ridge with rolling dome-like peaks, rises abruptly from the surrounding flat terrain. Its prominence is thought to be 245 feet (74 meters),[1] with its highest peak having a local prominence of approximately 200 feet (61 meters) relative to the surrounding ridge.[4] Despite not being the highest point in Florida (which is Britton Hill near the Alabama border, the lowest high point of any U.S. state), Sugarloaf Mountain's summit is the most prominent peak in the state, and in a national ranking, is more prominent than the most prominent hills in both Louisiana and Delaware.[3]

History[edit]

Prior to the 20th century, Sugarloaf Mountain was a wilderness dominated by sandhill and flatwood pine forests. By the 1920s, logging had stripped the mountain of its hardwood vegetation, permanently altering its native environment. Scrub began to grow on the mountain’s slopes, in addition to grapes, which were planted mostly to the south of the mountain for a decade or so.[5][6]

By the 1940s, grape farming had declined due to fungal diseases, and it was replaced by citrus farming. Citrus plantations flourished on the flanks of Sugarloaf Mountain, providing the basis for the local economy until the 1980s, when freezes began to systematically devastate local groves. As the citrus industry faded, property on the mountain was rezoned for residential development, with value seen in the mountain’s panoramic views of the surrounding area.[5][7] Other lands abutting the mountain, primarily along Lake Apopka, were preserved with the intention of restoring long absent ecologies.[5][8][9] Only a few citrus plantations and vineyards managed to persist to the present day.

Geology[edit]

Sugarloaf Mountain’s geology is tied to the formation of Florida’s sand ridges, specifically the Lake Wales Ridge. The mountain consists of relict sand ridges and dunes formed in a marine shoreline environment approximately 2 million years ago during the Pleistocene epoch.[6] Since the Pleistocene, the sands comprising the mountain have probably been uplifted due to isostatic rebound of the crust beneath the Florida Platform. The uplift is attributed to the karstification/erosion of the platform, which is reducing the weight on the underlying basement rock, triggering a process similar to post glacial rebound.[10]

Recreation[edit]

Sugarloaf Mountain was recently recognized for its scenic, cultural, and historic value. The state of Florida designated the Green Mountain Scenic Byway, which primarily traverses the eastern side of the mountain. The route offers rare panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and access to newly acquired ecological preserves and historic sites. Biking along the Byway as well as on other roads on the mountain has become popular, due to the challenge imposed by the relatively rugged terrain of the mountain compared to the surrounding area.[5]

Sugarloaf Mountain also featured a golf course designed by the firm of Coore & Crenshaw. The course, part of the proposed private Sugarloaf Mountain Golf Club residential development, was somewhat unusual in Florida, and took advantage of the relatively prominent topography.[11] The golf course was closed in 2012 due to low turnout and the inability for the planned development to take hold following the 2008 housing bubble and has remained abandoned since.


View of the western horizon from the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Peakbagger – Sugarloaf Mountain, Florida. Peakbagger.com. November, 2004. Retrieved 2011-01-01.
  2. ^ "Sugarloaf Mountain". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2011-01-01. 
  3. ^ a b Peakbagger – Most Prominent Peaks of the U.S. States. Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2011-01-02.
  4. ^ Topoquest – Bear Spring, FL Topoquest.com. Retrieved 2011-01-02.
  5. ^ a b c d Green Mountain Scenic Byway, Green Mountain Scenic Byway Committee. 2008. Retrieved 2011-01-02.
  6. ^ a b Lake Wales Ridge: Ancient Sands, Diverse Biota. Archibald Biological Station. October 2, 2007. Retrieved 2011-01-02.
  7. ^ Santich, Kate. “Topographic Relief; In Lake County, Developers Want to Turn Scenic Sugarloaf Mountain into Sprawling Subdivision.” Orlando Sentinel, 7 October 2001: pg. 4. Print. Archived Online
  8. ^ Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection, 2010. Lake Wales Ridge Ecosystem – Critical Natural Habitats. Florida Forever Annual Update 2010.
  9. ^ Lake County Parks and Trails – Ferndale Preserve. Lake County Dept. of Public Resources. 2007. Retrieved 2011-01-02.
  10. ^ Adams, Peter N, Opdyke, Neil D., & Jaeger, John M. Isostatic uplift driven by karstification and sea-level oscillation: Modeling landscape evolution in north Florida. Geology, June 2010, v. 38, no. 6, p. 531–534.
  11. ^ Great Golf Communities Directory – Sugarloaf Mountain. Golfers Guide Living. 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-02.

External links[edit]

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