Stone Mountain Sunset hike - Sun, Oct 21 2018

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Stone Mountain Sunset hike

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Stone Mountain, GA   Hike: Stone Mountain Sunset hike  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Oct 21 2018  5:45 pm >> Sun, Oct 21 2018 7:00 pm
Registration Opens: Sat, Oct 20 2018 2:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Oct 21 2018 5:00 pm
Event Duration:1 Hours 15 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Distance:2.5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Tony C
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 4 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Ok weather forecast is looking good, and this may be one of the days where the sun sets right behind the tallest part of the Atlanta skyline.   I can't remember for sure, but I know it is right around this time of year.

(I am also leading a Stone Mountain moonlight hike right after this one, so if you want to do a couple of laps up and down the mountain, then feel free to sign up for that as well.)

Everyone can head up at their own pace.  It should take most no more than about 30 min to reach the summit,  We will regroup on top and take a short 1/2 mi walk around the eastern side of the mtn and then enjoy the views and wait for the sunset at 6:53.  Total distance is about 2.5 miles and elevation gain about 700 feet. 

We will meet near the start of the walk-up trail near the parking lot beside Confederate Hall. There is a $20 fee (ouch) to drive into the Park; however, free parking is available in Stone Mountain Village. See directions below...

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GPS Coordinates:

33°48'38.8"N 84°09'43.7"W
33.810768, -84.162124

Vehicle access to Stone Mountain Park is $20 per day unless you have an annual pass. There is a discount if you purchase more than one Annual Pass at a time.

Directions: 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.  Look for the large 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

You can also enter through the West Gate entrance, in Stone Mountain Village. If you enter here, turn right through the gate and you're just almost to the Confederate Hall parking lot on your left.


There's no charge for pedestrians or bicyclists to enter Stone Mountain Park.  There is usually plenty of free parking just outside the Park in the Stone Mountain Village area.  The Village is near the Park's "West Gate" entrance which is quite close to Confederate Hall and the Walk-Up trailhead.  You can park near the railroad tracks and walk about 1/2 mile up East Mountain Street and directly into the park, through a small gate (Note that this gate is locked soon after sunset and you have to walk out around the nearby West Gate and then left to get back to East Mountain Street.)

Another 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 and look for the red caboose on your left.  In about 10 minutes you can walk into the Park via the paved PATH trail, turn left on Robt. E. Lee Blvd (for ~300 yards) and join the AOC group at the Walk-Up trailhead. (Note the gate on this PATH trail is often locked soon after sunset).

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