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In Like a Lion! Cherokee Trail Hike and Sunset

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Stone Mountain Park   Hike: In Like a Lion! Cherokee Trail Hike and Sunset  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Mar 1 2020  4:00 pm >> Sun, Mar 1 2020 7:00 pm
Registration Opens: Wed, Feb 26 2020 8:05 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Feb 29 2020 9:00 pm
Event Duration:3 Hours
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:2
Number Registered So Far: 13 / 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 give the month of March a big welcoming RAWR! by greeting the sunset from atop Stone Mountain.

We will meet in front of the Confederate Hall restrooms a few minutes before 4:00 pm for brief introductions before we take the Cherokee Trail around the mountain at a moderate to fast pace. After completing the Cherokee Trail, we will head to the top of the mountain to watch the sun slide down below the horizon. Sunset is at 6:34 pm. We'll descend via a path less traveled through the woods. We will be feline fine!

Please bring a headlamp or flashlight as we will be hiking down in twilight.

Required Items to Bring:

Boots/Shoes with good traction
Headlamp or Flashlight for the hike down in the dark

Recommended Items to Bring:
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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 (which can be purchased at the gate for $40). 


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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Stone Mountain Park can be crowded on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Be sure to allow plenty of time whether you park inside or outside the park.

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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.