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Ascent of Driskill Mountain on 2016-02-20

Climber: Michael Vecchiarelli

Others in Party:Jazz
Date:Saturday, February 20, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Driskill Mountain
    Location:USA-Louisiana
    Elevation:535 ft / 163 m

Ascent Trip Report

I followed my Google map directions to the Mt. Zion Church and Cemetery. The church is easy to find. We were only the second vehicle in the lot this day. From the parking area, we followed the dirt road until we hit the blue blazed trail. The blue eventually becomes blue & red and takes you to the summit.

At the summit, we took some photos and signed the register in the ammo box. There is also a bench put up by highpointers.org and a second bench at the lookout 1 minute away. The lookout does offer a great view and we saw some very big birds that I could not identify. On the way out we ran into a solo highpointer, a family of 5, another couple and a group of teens. This struck me as a lot of people for this hill, even for a Saturday morning in February. I suppose the state highpoints are very, very polular now, and this is the highest point for many miles in lots of directiions.

After the hike we headed to Lake Bistineau. It was a pretty gorgeous lake, somewhat small but nice with a good frisbee gold course. And I have never seen so much Spanish moss hanging from trees, it was pretty cool. I want to go back with kayaks next time, paddle around the trees and maybe throw a line in the water and catch some fish for dinner.

After this we spent the night in Shreveport. We had all sorts of delicious crawfish at Crawdaddy's. We donated some money to one of the riverfront casinos and called it a night. All-in-all, a very nice day.
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Sitting on the bench at the lookout near the highpoint (2016-02-20). Photo by Michael Vecchiarelli.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Blue trail
    Trailhead:Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church  435 ft / 132 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Time:20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:20 Minutes



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