Ascent of Woodall Mountain on 2010-10-09

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Saturday, October 9, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Woodall Mountain
    Elevation:806 ft / 245 m

Ascent Trip Report

806 ft.
Woodall Mountain

Saturday, 10/9/2010

The focal day of the whole trip had finally arrived. Without Woodall Mountain, I would not have seen the numerous other HPs that were summited along the way. I had a nice night’s sleep, my last WallyWorld campout of the trip. After cleaning up, I drove away and decided to stop at the local McDonald’s in Muscle Shoals, AL. This McD’s is one of the unique ones because its architecture is a throw-back design consisting of the large twin golden arches found on the original fast food restaurants, one on each side of the building. Inside, the McD’s décor is a 60’s-ish layout of vintage cars and a jukebox that plays old-time hits. I ordered some OJ and was then on my way to the pre-climb breakfast in Iuka, MS.

I arrived at the American Legion in Iuka and was pleasantly surprised by the turnout. The parking lot was full, and several cars (including mine) had to find a place to park in the grass. Once inside, I was greeted by a legion (American, of course!) of volunteers who helped me get my pancake breakfast. The pancakes were ample, the bacon was crisp and mildly greasy (just right!), and there was OJ that made my earlier trip to McD’s unnecessary. I had a filling meal and was now ready to tackle the hike up Woodall Mountain.

I drove to Woodall Mountain and parked along the gravel road (CR185) at the base of the mountain not far past the last house that sits at the intersection with CR176. The Konvention organizers had blocked off the road to limit vehicle traffic that went to the summit (for the elderly, babes in tow, invited guests and dignitaries, etc.). My GPS said 625ft at the truck, and this was reasonable based on the topo contours. From here it was a leisurely walk up the road and to the summit.

I arrived on top and was greeted by a hoard of people. I was not one of the first to begin the climb, so several folks had arrived there before me. (I only passed two parties on my way to the top – one older couple and one family of 4, including 2 young children). My first stop was to visit the protruding BM in the middle of the circular drive to officially claim the HP, my 6th and final state HP of the trip. I put my foot on the BM and had a couple pictures snapped to memorialize my accomplishment. Next to the BM was a large boulder covered with a tarp, the significance of which would soon be revealed to us all.

Folks mingled for a while on the summit, and the customary watermelon feast was prepared and made available to any and all who desired a taste. The official ceremony started late, and several people spoke or were acknowledged. Honored guests included numerous members of the Brown family (owners of Woodall Mountain), the Iuka mayor, and a representative from the office of one of the MS senators. The boulder was uncovered and formally presented to the Browns as a gift from the HP Club. The boulder was adorned with a nice plaque describing some history of the area (a major Civil War battle was fought here) and included a tribute to the Highpointers who put it there. When all the talking was done, I got one of the other HPers to snap my picture next to the rock. I then grabbed one last piece of watermelon for another leisurely trip down the mountain, to the amusement of a couple onlookers. I arrived at the bottom and headed back to Konvention HQ for the HP Foundation meeting of the Board of Directors. Estimated trip statistics: Time = 20min up, 15min down (ignore the time at the top); Distance = 2.20mi for the round trip; Elevation gain = 221ft total gain, which includes extra gain of about 40ft.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:221 ft / 67 m
    Extra Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Route:Vehicle road to the summit
    Trailhead:Parking at foot of mountain  625 ft / 190 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:15 Minutes

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