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Ascent of Webster Parish High Point on 2004-12-28

Climber: Scott Surgent

Others in Party:Beth Cousland
Date:Tuesday, December 28, 2004
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Webster Parish High Point
    Location:USA-Louisiana
    Elevation:480 ft / 146 m

Ascent Trip Report

After our visit to Driskill Mountain, we detoured to visit a stone marker along the highway marking where Bonnie and Clyde met their end in an ambush in 1934. Appropriately, the marker itself was riddled in bulletholes. We were content to shoot it with our camera. From here, we drove into Gibsland and Interstate-20, then onto Minden. We stopped at a local grocery to get supplies for this evening's camp we had planned.

The Webster Parish highpoint is located north of Minden along Germantown Road, which heads to Germantown. The highpoint itself is a little hump in the Kisatchie National Forest. We had a little trouble getting out of Minden due to some confusing (and missing) signs. South of Germantown, we turned onto Kisatchie Road 829, then on that for less than a mile to a small parking turnaround, a few feet from the highpoint. Unfortunately the area was being used as a dump. A recently-cleaned deer carcass was nearby as well as an old sofa.

We walked about 200 feet to the highpoint hill. Undergrowth was light, probably much moreso than what we'd find here in summer, so this made our going easier. Once we got to the "top", we had to bend and squirm through the vines and scrub. We spent a few moments here, nothing more, then returned to the truck and toward Claiborne Parish. After another short highpoint jaunt, we were on our way to Claiborne Lake and its friendly local kitty.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Trailhead:460 ft / 140 m
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack



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