Oak Mountain Permanent Orienteering Courses
The course was designed and placed by Iain and Graeme Wilson in February, 1991. Control #7 was replaced by Scouts from Troop 142 from Decatur in December 2001. The markers are small 4"x6" wooden posts about 18" tall - numbered 1 through 8. The course offers good training for beginners. For a little more challenge, try visiting the controls out of order (example 1,3,4,7,2,5) and with minimum use of trails.
This is a challenging course and is not intended for the beginner. The course can be finished in 2-3 hours if you walk at a steady pace, don't make many stops to rest, and navigate well. It is designed for easy access from, the North trailhead, the campgrounds and the cabins.
Suggested Route (from north trailhead): 1-2-3-4-7-8-9-6-5-10 (8.2km)
Alternate Route (from north trailhead): 10-1-2-3-4-7-8-9-6-5 (8.0km)
The markers are 4"x4" wooden posts about 2 feet tall, numbered 1-10. There are punches screwed to the back side of all the controls.
The course was placed out on Saturday, March 13, 2004. It was checked on August 4, 2007. The punches on #1 and #6 were replace on Nov 1, 2007 and the punch card updated.
For those who would like to use a USGS map and UTM coordinates:
These coordinates were obtained using a GPS. I had some problems with the Northing coordinates. I had to update the map because it was off by about 220 meters compared to the what I was getting with my GPS unit.
# 2 - 5 27522E 36 91514N - boulder
# 3 - 5 26890E 36 90980N - saddle
# 4 - 5 27411E 36 90700N - saddle
# 5 - 5 27220E 36 90606N - hill
# 6 - 5 26953E 36 90271N - saddle
# 7 - 5 26517E 36 90199N - saddle
# 8 - 5 26217E 36 89590N - saddle
# 9 - 5 27183E 36 89760N - between boulders
#10 - 5 27710E 36 90890N - hill