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...Out Like a Lamb. Cherokee Trail and Sunset

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Stone Mountain Park   Hike: ...Out Like a Lamb. Cherokee Trail and Sunset  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Mar 31 2019  5:00 pm >> Sun, Mar 31 2019 8:45 pm
Registration Opens: Mon, Mar 25 2019 8:08 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Mar 31 2019 2:00 pm
Event Duration:3 Hours 45 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:7 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 9 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


March comes in like a Lion, goes out like a Lamb. Let's say "baa-baa" to March by enjoying the final sunset of the month from atop Stone Mountain. 

First we'll circle the mountain via the Cherokee Trail at a fairly fast clip. After we complete the loop around the mountain, we'll ascend to the summit. Once we're all up there, we'll settle in to watch the sun set on the last day of March.

We will enjoy a few moments of bliss before descending back down the mountain. Sunset time is 7:56 pm. 

We will meet in front of the Confederate Hall restrooms a few minutes before 5:00 pm for brief introductions before we head off. 

Required Items to Bring:

sturdy hiking shoes with good tread

headlamp or flashlight

water or hydrating beverage

can-do attitude

Recommended Items to Bring:
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your sense of humor

snack to enjoy at the summit

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

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 $20 for the daily parking fee if you don't display a valid annual pass.

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).

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 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.
Another such free parking lot is the "Red Caboose Visitor Center" lot on 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.
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