Ascent of Lebanon Mountain on 2009-08-19

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Lebanon Mountain
    Elevation:780 ft / 237 m

Ascent Trip Report

Cross country and a rough dirt track to the summit, located at the northeast corner of the state.

The skies were starting to clear as Rose and I left Atlanta early this morning, we overnighted with our grandson Marcus at his condo just south of Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA ....... he is a full time Engineering student at Tech. We drove out of Georgia, across Alabama to the northeast corner of Mississippi on I20 and I78.

The original plan was to hike only LEBANON MOUNTAIN, however with Woodall Mountain being near-by we decided to revisit this summit for the second time, the first time was Sept 8, 1996. For driving directions to Woodall see today's TR for Woodall Mountain.
We drove the rough gravel road to the summit of Woodall and after a photo-op drove back down to hwy #25, south to #30, then west to Lebanon Mountain.

After finding the Lebanon Mountain TH (the directions to this TH are detailed below) and saw the sign "NO TRESPASSING, LEBANON MOUNTAIN HUNTING CLUB" we knew that we had to get permission before attempting this hike .......... the summit is visible and a short distance away from the TH.

I inquired at the small white house across the road.
The bare chested gentleman said "I can't give you permission, y'all have to get permission from The Hunting Club."
"Do you know anyone in the club that I can call?"
"Well, they meet every night at their club house, go back down this road (pointing the way) for about 2 miles to a gravel road on the left, there's an A-frame house on the corner, y'all can't miss it. The club house is at the end of this road."

For the purpose of anonymity, I have omitted the names of the people that we met and talked-to.

I thanked the gentleman, we drove to the road ...... it was numbered #7540 on the north side of hwy #30 ....... at its end was a locked gate. To the right was a trailer home.
The young lady that answered the door told me, "I don't know anything about the club but my Grandma would know, she lives in the first trailer home down the road, on the left, it has 3 mailboxes."
"Thank you very much."

I didn't even finish my question when the friendly Grandma said, "Come on in and get out of the heat." ..... the temperature was well over 90F.
"If its OK, I'll ask my wife to come in also."
"Well God bless y'all, of course you can bring her in."
After the usual introductions, small talk and explaining the reason for our presence she called The Lebanon Mountain Hunting Club and received the necessary permission.
Grandma was with her small grand daughter who had just got home from school ....... a beautiful chatty inquisitive well spoken 11 year old girl. She wanted to know all sorts of things ...... like, why do I go around climbing mountains, "I climbed Lebanon Mountain with my cousin, he was home on leave from Iraq" ... why were we going to Houston ....why is my son living there Canada a cold place, etc, etc. We had a nice time with her.
Grandma was a kind forthright intelligent warm person, strongly built, I put her in her mid sixties. She seemed to know everything and everyone in the area. She told us, "Being a backwoods Mississippi country girl I got married at 15, had 7 children in the first 7 years of our marriage."
I omitted to ask her how many children in total did she have.
She continued, "I've been blessed with a big happy family, I have 30 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. We are a military family."
When we told her that we had our 9th grandchild, she said "Y'all have been blessed by God , only good things will come to y'all."
As we were leaving she warned us about rattlers on the mountain, that's when the grand daughter piped up "My great grandpa, caught a rattler, do you want to see the tail."
"Ya, sure."
She brought out an old rusted cigar box and sure enough inside was the tail of a rattler. She proudly took it out and rattled the tail for us, "It's 70 years old."
"Wow, that's amazing, we never seen a rattler's tail before." We held and inspected the rattlers.

I took photos of Rose and our hosts, thanked Grandma and drove back to the Lebanon Mountain TH (for directions see below), we loved our time at Grandmas. Before leaving she wrote down on a piece of paper her name and that of the guy from the Hunting Club with phone numbers, "Just in case I ran into someone."
I did the hike, came out completely drenched. From here we continued our drive to Houston, thoroughly happy with today's events. We ended the day by overnighting at Days Inn, hwy #278, Oxford, MS.

Located at the northeast corner of the state. From North of Tupelo at the junction of I45 and hwy #30, travel west on #30 for 5.5 miles to Prentiss County road #7550 on the right, a sign reads "Dry Creek". Drive #7550 for .66 miles to a wide locked gate on the right, a sign on the gate reads "NO TRESPASSING, LEBANON MOUNTAIN HUNTING CLUB". This is the TH ..... a small white house is right across the road on the left, the summit is visible to the northeast.

** Before you start out make sure you get the necessary permission from the Woodall Mountain Hunting Club.

Walk around the gate, head north on a faint grass track across an open resting hayfield for e few hundred meters. A very rough mud track continues up the mountain thru an open forested area, entering the woods below the summit at the west side. A little used track continues into the woods to a flat clearing at summit area ......a geodetic survey marker imbedded in a concrete base (similar to Woodall Mountain) marks the spot, another good service track comes in from the north, a viewing platform at ground level is at the south side of the clearing, offering good views to the south.

** Again, don't forget to get permission from the Lebanon Mountain Hunting Club.


Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:290 ft / 88 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:cross country/dirt track from county road #7550
    Trailhead:County road #7550  490 ft / 149 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country

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