Ascent of Woodall Mountain on 2014-07-16

Climber: David Odenwalder

Date:Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Woodall Mountain
    Elevation:806 ft / 245 m

Ascent Trip Report

My third highpoint on a road trip from Southern CA to FL, by way of Oklahoma City. This was an easy, drive-up summit at the end of a rather long drive. I came into MS by way of Vicksburg. It took much of the morning and early afternoon to cross the state by way of I-20 to Jackson, I-55 to Winona, and then the rest of the way on the Natchez Trace. For folks that have never driven the Trace, it is a freeway disguised as a National Park. Sort of. Top legal speed is 50 mph, so the miles go by slowly – but it’s still the most direct way to get to northeastern MS. Even after Tupelo, it seemed like the Trace went forever. Finally I reached the highway signs for MS-25, which was the selected, and probably best road toward Woodall. Another ten or so miles up MS-25, there was a small road sign indicating the turnoff. However, the Funland Bingo establishment is probably the best indicator where to turn. A couple more small signs indicate several additional turns that need to be made. The actual “trailhead” is a graded gravel road that goes right behind a residence, and then winds a couple of miles up to the summit. I was not unhappy to have a quick drive-up highpoint, but I suppose if someone wants to be a hard-core achiever, one could hike up the gravel road. It’s well maintained and not particularly steep. On top is pretty unremarkable. Nearly flat, a small circular drive around the summit. The official marker is a large sandstone boulder (plaque has been removed). No doubt, the rock is not natural – and there isn’t a real obvious highest feature that I could see on top (besides the monument, itself). No view. Mississippi is a pretty state to drive through, but the highpoint is probably way down the list on the impressive scale. Nevertheless thanks to the owners or maintenance folks for making this accessible. My stay in Mississippi would have been far shorter (and my tourist dollars there far less), but for the goal of reaching Woodall.
Incidentally, I had no difficulties with snakes, chiggers, or ticks that were mentioned in other reports.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike

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