Ascent of Poverty Point on 2017-01-04

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Others in Party:Geri Stewart
Date:Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Poverty Point
    Elevation:100 ft / 30 m

Ascent Trip Report

Contrary to the topographic map, this highpoint is not located in Poverty Point State Park. It is now a National Monument, but since it is still under the control of the State of Louisiana, it is called Poverty Point State Historic Site. This is an extremely easy highpoint to grab, since it is located in an open field just a few dozen yards west of the road passing through the site, however, this area is very level and you will not feel comfortable you actually found the exact highest point. A point of interest is that you will be lower than several Indian mounds visible from your location, so you will not be standing on the highest spot of land in the area, but the mounds are, of course, not natural. The largest mound, Mound A, rises 70 feet from the surrounding flat land and would have required 10 million loads of dirt to build it. Surprisingly, you are allowed to climb to the top of all the mounds in the area, including Mound A, unlike many Indian mounds I have visited before where climbing them is forbidden. It is worth your time to tour the entire area and visit the museum. The cost is only $4 per person, but Seniors (62 years and up) are free. My wife, Geri, and I spent over 3 hours here and hiked the entire 2.6 mile Poverty Point Mound Hiking Trail.
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    Route Conditions:
Open Country

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