Ascent of Athens Lookout on 2004-12-28

Climber: Scott Surgent

Others in Party:Beth Cousland
Date:Tuesday, December 28, 2004
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Athens Lookout
    Elevation:500 ft / 152 m

Ascent Trip Report

We headed east toward the town of Athens, from which we'd go northeast to Lake Claiborne State Park, a popular campsite and fishing spot in northern Louisiana where we planned to camp. Claiborne Parish's highpoint is along the way, so we visited it.

From the town of Old Athens, we went north past a church and cemetary for a mile, then east on Fire Tower Road for 0.3 mile, then northeast on the unnamed road to the top. The top is a cleared area ringed by trees. We stayed long enough to get a photo of me, and that was all. This otherwise unremarkable spot is the second-highest parish highpoint in the state, after Driskill Mountain.

From here we continued on to Lake Claiborne and found a spot to set up for the night. The lake is very big and popular for fishing. However, on our visit the water level was way down. Even walking out to the end of the pier, I was standing over mud.

That night we had ourselves a good fire and sat around it, checking out the stars. A very cute and friendly black kitty hung around us, and we pet it and gave it some treats. It may have belonged to a nearby camper or even the camp-host. Or it may have been a stray. That night it pawed at our tent door to get in. I hope it has a good home.

The next day we looked at two other parish highpoints, in Caddo and Bossier parishes, but passed on both. I walked in a little in Caddo Parish, but came upon some very scary "residences" and thought better than to try my luck. In Bossier Parish, there were hunters everywhere, so we didn't even bother. We entered into Texas and visited one more county highpoint in Cass County then started the long drive home.
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