Ascent of Lincoln Parish High Point on 2010-10-04

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Monday, October 4, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Lincoln Parish High Point
    Elevation:420 ft / 128 m

Ascent Trip Report

420+ ft.

Monday, 10/4/2010

The day started successfully with a climb to Louisiana’s summit, and now it was time to take on the bonus HP, in adjacent Lincoln Parish. In my truck and on my way from Driskill Mountain, I arrived in the Lincoln vicinity in what seemed like about 5 minutes.

Armed with the notes I had made at the McD’s internet café, I had plugged the HP coordinates into my GPS. As I drove along SR147 near the HP, I first passed the HP contour to my left. So I drove farther east along the road and turned around to approach it from the perspective described in other trip reports (Dave Dunham’s, as later confirmed). Now heading west along SR147, I watched my GPS compass until the arrow pointed nearly due north to the HP. At this spot, I found about 3 dirt tracks off the road, including one that led directly in the HP direction. I believe this to be the route described in the Dunham report, and I pulled off and parked just off the road at coordinates N32 degrees, 28.888min W92degrees, 52.636min.

I hiked up one of the dirt tracks on a compass bearing 290degrees. As noted by Dunham, the path started out as a drivable truck road, but it was overgrown and narrowing quickly the farther up the track I went. Eventually, the track dwindled down to an ATV trail and then an animal trail after that.

Besides the faint trail, I found a lot of thorns, whether raspberry or other bushes. I gave my share of blood as I used my forearms to clear a path to the summit area. Fortunately, the thorns started near the summit, and there was not much clearing to make (scratching to obtain). I wandered around what my GPS said was the summit, with no clearly distinct HP spot. Satisfied with my wandering, I headed back the way I came, giving some more blood just to mark my being here. Today, several days later, the scratches have finally faded into a necessary but undesirable memory. I arrived back at the truck, finished with Louisiana for this trip after reaching a new southernmost extent of my HP wanderings. This would last for 3 days until I reached Britton Hill in Florida. Trip statistics: Time = about 15min for the round-trip; Distance = 0.34mi to the HP and back; Elevation gain = 36ft total gain, consisting of 20ft basic climb plus 16ft of extra elevation.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:36 ft / 10 m
    Extra Gain:8 ft / 2 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Route:Bearing 290 degrees up a faint vehicle trail
    Trailhead:Truck parking just off SR147  400 ft / 121 m
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:8 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:8 Minutes

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