Ascent of Odum Point on 2017-04-09

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Others in Party:Marshall Stewart -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, April 9, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Odum Point
    Elevation:2342 ft / 713 m

Ascent Trip Report

As far as I can determine, Odum Point is the 3rd highest named high point in Alabama. To reach this high point, it is best to start at the High Falls Trailhead south of Cheaha Mountain. A few hundred feet after you past over the summit of Big Caney Head you will reach a junction where you take the left fork with a sign labeled Pinhoti Trail. From this junction you hike a little over .5 miles to the saddle between Odum Point and Little Caney Head. At this saddle you start bushwhacking SW .33 miles to the summit. My son, Marshall, and I separated during the bushwhack. He took a more direct route and I climbed west to the NE ridgeline of Odum Point before heading toward the summit. I beat my son by several minutes. He encountered a lot of thorny bushes. My route was a very mild bushwhack. There is no view nor any benchmark on the top of Odum Point, but there is a great 5-foot high summit rock for your victory photo. This climb is nearly 8 miles roundtrip, but if you want to bag the highest named high points in Alabama this peak is a must, since it is the third highest. Ironically, the best part of this climb is at the very beginning of the hike where you pass a series of cascades and falls. High Falls will not disappoint you. It is best to visit the falls in the afternoon when the lighting is better.
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    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack

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