Ascent of Driskill Mountain on 2004-12-28

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Tuesday, December 28, 2004
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Driskill Mountain
    Elevation:535 ft / 163 m

Ascent Trip Report

After a few days in New Orleans and the Bayou country of Acadiana, highlighted by the only Christmas Day snow ever in New Orleans, Beth and I located ourselves to Natchitoches, which bills itself as the city of lights during the Holidays. We arrived about 6 p.m., got a hotel and drove into town, had dinner, then walked the waterfront and viewed the beautiful display of Christmas lights strung everywhere, some even spanning the river that passes through town.

The next day, we spent a couple hours driving around the Kisatchie National Forest and the piney-woods country in the area, eventually arriving to the church at the road where we parked and hiked to the top. On our hike out, a family of three showed up. Their car had Illinois plates and the man had a GPS unit, so we asked if they were going to the highpoint. He didn't say yes or no. I got the impression they were geo-cachers, and it's possible they were going to the highpoint as a geo-cache location, not knowing it was the state highpoint. I bet this is the most activity this highpoint has ever seen in one day.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:125 ft / 39 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Trailhead:410 ft / 124 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail

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