Ascent of Cavanal Mountain on 2007-12-18

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cavanal Mountain
    Elevation:2385 ft / 726 m

Ascent Trip Report

Cavanal Mtn is not a county HP nor a county prom point. Its only claim to fame is that it is the #2 prominence in the state of OK, edged out of the #1 slot only (and barely) by Sugar Loaf Mtn. A paved road leads to the summit towers of this Martinizable peak.

The mountain looms "prominently" on the W side of the town of Poteau OK. A recently constructed freeway bypasses the town on its W side, providing a convenient way for motorists on US-59 to avoid having to go through the town. Although the bypass freeway skirts the base of Cavanal Mtn, it is of no use in approaching the mountain because the road that goes up the mountain passes under the freeway with no interchange ramps. It is therefore necessary to begin the approach from the center of town.

From US-59 in Poteau, I turned W on Witteville Rd, which is inconspicuously signed. There is a traffic light at the intersection; on the NW corner is an auto service center, on the NE corner is an parts store, and on the SE corner is a Movie Gallery. Zero or note your odometer nere. At 0.3 miles, turn 45° right to stay on Witteville Rd; the road that continues straight ahead is Burkle, which you don't want. At 0.9 miles, pass under the bypass freeway. At 1.4 miles, go R at a fork. At 1.8 miles, go L at a fork; Nickell Lake will be soon after on the L. At 5.5 miles, reach the NE of two 2380' contours (the one with a 2385' spot elevation). Visual inspection showed that this is definitely the higher than the other area, a mere 0.1 mile to the SW at the end of the paved road. A picnic area lies on the L side of the road just beyond the highest point. A large concrete monument by the picnic area proclaims that Cavanal Mtn is the "Highest Hill in the World" at 1999'. (In reality, Cavanal Mtn is 2385', but its prominence is only ~1800'. I'm not sure where 1999' comes from, but obviously the claim is made by someone who believes that a hill is defined as anything under 2000' by some measure; I have no idea what.)

I Earlized this one to 1000' by hiking down and up the road.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1195 ft / 363 m
    Extra Gain:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Trailhead:1350 ft / 411 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 

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