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Beginner Trail Run around Stone Mountain - Sunday Morning




The Basics:
Event Type:Trail Run
Event Location: Stone Mountain Park   Trail Run: Beginner Trail Run around Stone Mountain - Sunday Morning  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Dec 3 2017  9:30 am >> Sun, Dec 3 2017 11:30 am
Registration Opens: Wed, Nov 29 2017 11:30 am
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Dec 2 2017 7:00 pm
Event Duration:2 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:7.4 Miles
Pace:Leisurely
Trip Leader(s):
Mara
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:7
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 5 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Itinerary:

Join Mara for an easy pace, beginner trail run on Sunday morning! I plan on a slow to moderate pace or you can power up as well if you wish.

We will meet and start near Confederate Hall at the base of the walk- up trail. Please plan to arrive at least five minutes early for checking in and introductions.

The 5.4 mile trail running route is mostly flat, around the lake and the mountain with a few small hills. We will finish with hiking to the summit and back to our starting point, adding 2 more miles for a total of 7.4. Maybe We can add some light stretching on top of the mountain and enjoy a nice snack.

See you there for an easy,breezy Sunday morning run with other active social butterflies.

Parking is $15/vehicle or you can buy an annual pass which I highly recommend. It will motivate you to come back, work out and enjoy outdoors more often.


Required Items to Bring:

Trail running shoes
Water
Jacket/Fleece

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Snack


How to Get There:
Event Directions:

FROM I-285 TO THE PARK'S "EAST GATE" ENTRANCE:

From the I-285/ US-78 interchange on the east side of town take U.S. Hwy 78 East about 7.7 miles.  Bear right at Exit #8 to the Stone Mountain Park "East Gate" main entrance where you'll pay $15 for the daily parking fee if you don't display a valid annual pass.  Suggestion, especially if you're new to the Park, ask the gate attendant for a free color map.

ONCE INSIDE PARK, DRIVE TO CONFEDERATE HALL PARKING LOT:

After entering via the East Gate, first follow Jefferson Davis Drive about a mile straight ahead to the big road fork, crossing the lake en route. Bear right onto Robert E. Lee Blvd and follow it about another mile, bearing left to avoid the West Gate exit.  Look for the spacious Confederate Hall parking lot on your left where we park during the hike.  We'll  gather at our "usual AOC meetup spot," by the stone restroom building at the base of the Walk-Up Trail (about 100 yards toward the mountain from Confederate Hall).  For a zoomable map & aerial view of this spot, click on the red "Location Icon" at the top of this article.


Notes:

OPTIONAL FREE PARK ENTRANCE FOR PEDESTRIANS & BICYCLISTS:

There's no charge for pedestrians or bicyclists to enter Stone Mountain Park or to enjoy the numerous free attractions inside the Park including the nice trails.  If you don't have an annual Park Pass and wish to save the daily $15 parking fee, there are usually plenty of free parking spots just outside the Park in Stone Mountain Village.   The Village is near the Park's "West Gate" entrance which is quite close to Confederate Hall and the Walk-Up trailhead.  One such free parking lot is the "Red Caboose Visitor Center" lot on the Main Street, which has its own paved walking/biking trail into the Park, much like the Silver Comet Trail. To drive to that lot, get off US-78 (Stone Mtn Freeway) at Exit #5, then bear right to exit again about a half mile ahead, turn left onto E. Ponce de Leon Ave, go through the first traffic light onto Main Street and continue about a half mile to the "caboose lot" on your left.  In about 10 minutes you can walk or ride your bike eastward into the Park via the paved PATH trail, turn left on Robt. E. Lee Blvd (for ~300 yard) and join the AOC group at the Walk-Up trailhead.


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