Ascent of Woodall Mountain on 2010-05-12

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:solo
Date:Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Woodall Mountain
    Elevation:806 ft / 245 m

Ascent Trip Report

Got up at 5 AM to get my 9th state HP and drove it in from Muscle Shoals like the "Sweet Home Alabama" songs says..........i had planned a neat way up from the USGS map (i hate drive ups) you have to earn them, why not use every opportunity to excercise? intended route was a southerly climb from near the Kirk Cementary about 3 miles and getting 436 feet vertical at least a quick run up the hill but i could not find the trail head! ughhhhhhh since i had to get to Memphis for a work meeting i went up the convential way BUT i did not drive it.

Parking at the small pond near CO Rd 185 (the clay and gravel road to the summit) i started downsteam at around EL 600 (other side of road) and hiked up the road. About 200 hundred yards i was greeted by large dogs running in pack that looked me over. Reading their body language as confident but not agressive i grabbed a large pine branch and carried it like Bufford Pusser right past them and continued up the 1 mile to the "summit". There are many turns and some dips but i reached the top quickly - the 1 mile in like 13 minutes, took a proof picture or two and came down with a sprained ankle (rolled it on the way up) and was back to the car in 29 minutes for the 2 miles.

This is no mountain. It is a hill of clay. There is one view down the power line showing it does have some fall, but this is not a peak you do for view or challenge - but to cross it off your list. This route has a total vertical gain (up and back) of around 320 feet - not much excercise but beats a drive up!

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:326 ft / 99 m
    Total Elevation Loss:120 ft / 36 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
70 degrees and cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:266 ft / 81 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 206 ft / 63 m; Extra: 60 ft / 18m
    Loss on way in:60 ft / 18 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:CR 186 clay and gravel road
    Start Trailhead:south side of CR 176 and CR 186  600 ft / 182 m
    Time:13 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:60 ft / 18 m
    Gain on way out:60 ft / 18 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    End Trailhead:same  
    Time:13 Minutes

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