Ascent of Cheaha Mountain on 1997-01-07

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Tuesday, January 7, 1997
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cheaha Mountain
    Elevation:2405 ft / 733 m

Ascent Trip Report

From Britton Hill in Florida, I headed north. The rain poured non-stop as I drove toward Montgomery. The scenery was nothing but trees the whole way, like driving in a tunnel. Once in Montgomery, I cut toward Opelika and along lesser highways toward the Cheaha Mountain area. The weather cleared a little, which was nice.

I thought I'd be clever and access the route to Cheaha Mountain from county roads marked on my map. However, I got lost and found my way onto Interstate-20, obviously not near my destination. After asking for directions at a gas station, I found the right road to Cheaha Mountain. A road leads all the way to the top, and a large stone tower sits on the summit. I climbed the tower, went around the building's back and stood on the actual summit boulder, which rises about five feet above the ground.

It was only 1 p.m., so I still had about 5 hours of sunlight left to visit to the Mississippi highpoint, Woodall Mountain.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:20 ft / 7 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Trailhead:2385 ft / 726 m
    Route Conditions:

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