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Ascent of Cusseta Mountains on 2004-12-29

Climber: Scott Surgent

Others in Party:Beth
Date:Wednesday, December 29, 2004
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cusseta Mountains
    Location:USA-Texas
    Elevation:632 ft / 192 m

Ascent Trip Report

We started today at Lake Claiborne State Park in Louisiana, where we spent the night camping. The plan today was to pile on a whole bunch of miles westward, with a vague plan to be on the west side of Dallas-Fort Worth by day's end. I hoped to make short detours along the way to bag a few more highpoints.

We looked at two in Lousiana: Bossier and Caddo Parishes, the two most northwestern parishes in the state. We skipped over Bossier Parish due to the high number of hunters we came upon while driving in the area. In Caddo Parish, I hiked toward Myra Mountain but turned around when I came to a residence that I just didn't feel like approaching. Back on the road, we stopped at the Louisiana-Texas-Arkansas state tricorner.

We had good luck with the Cass County (TX) highpoint, located on the county's west side in the Cusseta Mountains about 7 miles west of Douglassville. We found the local county roads easy to find but bumpy to follow. The top of the range features communications towers so a decent dirt road goes all the way up.

We drove up, parked and went into the brush and trees to seek out the actual highest point. We found a few candidate areas and called it good after a few minutes. The weather was cool and breezy. The whole journey took about 45 minutes and given what we needed to, we didn't stay long. The rest of the day was spent getting as far west as Mineral Wells, where we stayed the night.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:10 ft / 3 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Trailhead:622 ft / 189 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike



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