Everglades National Park Highpoint Trip Report
Grossman Hammock (10+ ft)
Date: March 13, 2006
Author: Ron Tagliapietra
Driving north on Krome Avenue, there is no sign for Chekika.
Nathan Chancy and I missed the turn, and had to return south
on Krome Avenue to Richmond Drive, where there is a sign for Chekika.
We followed Richmond to the right and left turns.
The left was gated, so we parked near the gate and went up the road.
This is an easy highpoint, and we returned to the car in 30 minutes.
We jogged past the old entry booth and came to a fork.
We went left, which ended at a parking area for a loop trail.
We walked in on the second boardwalk and spotted a purple
gallinule. The boards soon ended at a place where you could
see them start up again to the right, but we went left into
the other area. We found some buildings and a round well by
the highpoint. After photos, we returned to the boardwalk
and parking area, noting alligators on the way.
Returning to the fork, we went up the right side this time.
We passed four large tanks on our right and reached the
same well by the highpoint. This would have been the faster
way to go, but we would have missed the purple gallinule
and the gators.