Ascent of Driskill Mountain on 1999-03-15

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Monday, March 15, 1999
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Driskill Mountain
    Elevation:535 ft / 163 m

Ascent Trip Report

For my 1999 Spring Break from teaching, I wanted to revisit two state highpoints that I had previously visited (or thought I had), but for various reasons left me dissatisfied about them. They were Oklahoma and Louisiana. I was successful on Oklahoma's Black Mesa in 1996, but I did it under such horrible conditions that I wanted to go back in better weather. Once done there, I drove south through the Texas panhandle into Lubbock. Admittedly I thought driving all those miles east to visit Louisiana's highpoint seemed a bit silly, but I decided to go for it anyway. I went east on Interstate-20 and stayed the night in Eastland, west of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

I awoke very early the next day, and began my drive from Eastland. I had about 380 miles to Louisiana’s Driskill Mountain, and more than once I doubted my sanity, but I pressed on anyway. Staying on Interstate-20, I encountered no significant delays, passed through Shreveport and drove another half hour to the town of Arcadia, and my jump-off point to Driskill Mountain. After getting gas, I drove the routes to the little country church that sits at the driveway of the highpoint. The scenery changed—an entire tract of trees near the church and along the highway had been felled for logging and were gone. I drove my truck in about a quarter-mile along the muddy access road, parked, and proceeded in.

In 1997, I had neglected to bring a map or my guidebooks and had no clue where to proceed once in the trees. The dense trees hid the land forms and it was not obvious where the true highpoint was. This time, I had my map and found the highpoint with no difficulty. As it turned out, it was one hill to the north of where I had gone the first time. After a few minutes, I hiked out back to my car, completing the round trip in about 30 minutes. All that driving for this.

Both objectives completed, I drove home to Arizona, over 1,300 miles away. I made a long push west to Abilene, then home to Arizona the next day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:125 ft / 38 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Trailhead:410 ft / 124 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail

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