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Ascent of Cheaha Mountain on 2018-06-02

Climber: Map Man

Date:Saturday, June 2, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cheaha Mountain
    Location:USA-Alabama
    Elevation:2405 ft / 733 m

Ascent Trip Report

Following directions from summitpost.org, I hiked my fifth state highpoint while on vacation to visit relatives. I started at Cheaha Lake and followed the Lake Trail up the mountain. The trail started out flat following a brook, but soon became rather steep and rocky. Near the top, the trail takes a left turn at the base of a large cliff; I followed a path to the right which eventually led out to a beautiful area with a sizable waterfall and a view up to a profile of a face on the cliff above! At the end of the main trail, I stopped at the "Rock Garden", which must be the most beautiful place on Cheaha Mountain, having excellent views of distant lands and nearby hills as well as another huge waterfall right behind the ledges. It was very surprising to see waterfalls like this in Alabama. From there, I continued to the end of the trail and started walking the park road to the left, following the directions I found on summitpost. It mentioned a yellow trail which cuts across the loop of the park road; I did find it, but it quickly fizzled out so I had to follow a power line clearing to the summit. I climbed the famous tower at the summit to see a hazy view, then I followed the road back down to the Rock Garden, passing a huge restaurant and swimming pool on the way.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1135 ft / 345 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1135 ft / 345 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1135 ft / 345 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:Lake Tr/roads
    Start Trailhead:Cheaha Lake  1270 ft / 387 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1135 ft / 345 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    Route:Lake Tr/roads
    End Trailhead:Cheaha Lake  1270 ft / 387 m



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