Ascent of Saint Martin Parish High Point on 2017-12-22

Climber: Kreg Ellzey

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, December 22, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Saint Martin Parish High Point
    Elevation:40 ft / 12 m

Ascent Trip Report

Visited Area 4 this afternoon. (See my previous entry from 2017-10-28 documenting my visit to the Main Summit and Areas 2 and 3 for this CoHP.) Area 4 is on an elevated landform that is approximately 50 ft in elevation and likely higher than the previously visited Areas 1-3. The landform appears as an earthen mound a few hundred feet across that is easily discernible while driving Whiskey Bay Road, as the road cuts through a portion of it. I am not totally convinced this is a natural landform, especially considering there are a number of these "pimples" somewhat evenly spaced and paralleling the road/river for a considerable distance (perhaps old dredge deposits?) but for the sake of the CoHP I came out to set foot on the biggest "pimple".

Parked along road and then had an easy couple hundred feet trek in searching for the highest point. A few camps are across the road but no one came out to check. HP of Area 4 is roughly at Lat: 30.39997, Long: -091.67361. There's a small excavated depression a few feet across in the center near these coords. Land is signed as belonging to the US Army Corps of Engineers, while one referenced map shows this area is within the bounds of the Sherburne State Wildlife Management Area and another map shows it is within the Atchafalaya NWR. So I'm certain its public land but I'm unsure of whether the USACE signs are current or whether the property has since been absorbed by either the state WMA or federal NWR. At any rate, I'm happy to update the status of this peak to SUCCESSFUL ASCENT after visiting this 4th and final candidate.
Summary Total Data
    Round-Trip Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Route:Woods Hike
    Trailhead:LA 975  40 ft / 12 m
    Route Conditions:
Ascent Statistics
    Time:5 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:5 Minutes

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