Ascent of Acadia Parish High Point on 2004-12-22

Climber: Scott Surgent

Others in Party:Beth
Date:Wednesday, December 22, 2004
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Acadia Parish High Point
    Elevation:57 ft / 17 m

Ascent Trip Report

We located ourselves near the small communities of Pitreville and Church Point, in the northeast corner of Acadia Parish. The highpoint would require some effort, as eleven areas in Acadia Parish reach above 55 feet, including one giant region covering many square miles. Three spot elevations within this large area reach 57 feet. The plan was to visit these three 57-foot points, drive all over this large area, then start inspecting the other ten smaller 55-foot contour areas.

Today had been a long day, the drive somewhat difficult mentally due to the incessant rain. We couldn't go very fast, visibility was sometimes just a few dozen yards, the rain fell so heavy at times the roads would flood, and it was loud. Our destination was Lafayette, now about 20 miles away, but I couldn't resist visiting the highpoints of Acadia Parish along the way. Beth, bless her patient heart, could have very easily given this one a miss, but she allowed me to indulge in my silly hobby and even helped with the map navigation. Extra neck rub for her!

We came into this largest area first, along eastbound US-190 toward the community of Swords, and followed state routes LA-752 and LA-751 south to where LA-751 junctions with LA-358. This is the northeast corner of the parish and location of one of the 57-foot spot elevations. We got out and looked around. We visited the second 57-foot spot elevation a few moments later, westbound along LA-358. About a mile later we came to the junction with LA-1103 at Pitreville. South along LA-1103 put us inside one of the bigger areas.

The third 57-foot spot elevation is found along Wagon Road south of a thicket of natural woods, which was higher by about a foot than the road, so in my opinion, this one area is the likeliest natural highpoint of the parish. We also toured Pamela and Gobert Roads and got back out onto LA-1103. All this took about a half-hour.

Next, we proceeded to Church Point and visited the small areas scattered about the town and the immediate area. They are all small and probably not the highpoint. We got slightly turned around on the roads and made some unplanned detours, but finally we found ourselves north of town along LA-35. A re-route of the highway confused us, since our map was apparently not up-to-date.

The last were a pair of areas along Plaquemines Road near the parish boundary. The rain stayed light for most of this journey, which took a total of about an hour to complete. From here we drove into Opelousas and Lafayette and treated ourselves a fine Cajun dinner at Prejean's, a famous restaurant and music hangout along Interstate-49 north of Lafayette. I dug into some gumbo while the both of us ate alligator for the first time ever.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5 ft / 1 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Trailhead:52 ft / 15 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country

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