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Autumnal Equinox at Stone Mountain - Sunset on the Rock

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Stone Mountain Park
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Sep 22 2017  6:30 pm >> Fri, Sep 22 2017 8:45 pm
Registration Opens: Sat, Sep 16 2017 4:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Sep 22 2017 5:00 pm
Event Duration:2 Hours 15 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Distance:2 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Laura V
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:14
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 9 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


The September Equinox marks the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator – from north to south. On the Fall and Spring Equinox each year, the Sun shines directly on the Equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal – but not exactly. In 2017, the autumnal equinox in Atlanta takes place at 4:02 p.m. on September 22.

We will mark the first day of Autumn with an evening hike to the top of Stone Mountain.  The sun will set at 7:33 p.m., so we will start our hike at 6:35.  This will give us plenty of time for a leisurely hike and some time to hang out on top to enjoy the evening. Bring your headlamp as we will be hiking down after sunset.

The Plan: We will meet in front of the Confederate Hall restrooms at 6:30 p.m. for introductions before we head to the top to watch the sunset. On the ascent, we will hike at a moderate pace on a side trail, rather than on the heavily traveled walk-up trail.  We will gain about 650 feet of elevation in just over one mile. We will climb the very steep portion of the mountain closest to the fence, but you will also have the option to connect to the walk up trail at the half way point and use the handrails for the steep section. 

Please note that this event will be cancelled in the event of severe weather. 

Required Items to Bring:
  • sturdy hiking shoes with good traction
  • head lamp or LED flashlight
Recommended Items to Bring:
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  • camera
  • snack and beverage to enjoy while watching the sunset
  • windbreaker or clothes appropriate for the weather

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Directions To Confederate Hall Parking Lot:

To the main entrance- From I-285 take U.S. Hwy 78 East (Snellville/Athens) exit. Travel about 7 miles and take Exit 8, the Stone Mountain Park Main Entrance. After entering the main entrance, proceed straight ahead. The road will fork at about 1 mile - stay to the right. Continue to follow the road for another mile. Confederate Hall will be on your left. We will meet outside the restrooms at the start of the walk up trail.

The Parking Fee is $15.00 at the gate unless you have an annual pass. 

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