Ascent of Jefferson Parish High Point on 2011-01-12

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose
Date:Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Boat
Peak:Jefferson Parish High Point
    Elevation:14 ft / 4 m

Ascent Trip Report

There are 8 candidate high point areas, numbered a la PB and visited as noted here.

VISIT #1 DATED 2011-01-12 -- visited only the 6 areas south of the Mississippi, the 2 areas on the north side (#4 & 5) were not visited.

A) TWO AREAS (#1 & #6) JUST WEST OF MARRERO ... successful ... a walk over the Mississippi River levee
From the Plaquemines County (south side of river) we crossed the Mississippi River on the Bell Chasse Ferry, drove north on LA23 to I49W and exited at 4B. At 600 yards turned right on LA45 (Barataria Blvd) and traveled north .7 miles to a T junction with River Road (LA541), the levee and the Mississippi is straight ahead. We turned left and drove west for 1.06 miles and parked the car on the right side (bottom of leveee), this is just past an overhead large pipe and across the road from a large pipe storage yard facility Hunting Co ..... the AREA 1 highpoint is due north inside the leveee at about 120 yards.
I picked my spot in a woody area at coordinates 29.90446, 90.11770, 40 yards from the River. The PB coordinates puts the Highpont at the man-graded area at the bottom of the levee.
I checked out the AREA 6 candidate in this area, just 600 yards east of the foregoing, also inside the levee and in a densely wooded fenced-in area and posted "Asbestos Waste Disposal Site". Nothing obvious.

We continued wb on River Road as it follows the levee to Ninemile Point .... a heavy industrialized area with a residential community at its very north end, the leveee here has a nice recreational path on top of it.
I checked out all of the 4 areas which are all inside the levee but found it impossible to locate a natural highground. This whole area has seen a lot of activity over the years starting with the construction of the levee. Today there are docks, graded roads, trash piles, sand piles, industrial buildings, swampy wooded stretches, etc. Its beyond me how one can pick a true/natural Highpoint. From what I saw today I think all of these areas should be removed as "candidates".

From this County we traveled west on hwy 90 to Terrebone County.

Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:walk over levee from river road
    Start Trailhead:west of marrero, river road  
Descent Statistics
    Route:walk over levee from river road
    End Trailhead:west of marrero, river road  

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