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Summit Sunsets - Stone Mountain
|Event Location:||Stone Mountain, GA|
|Date(s) & Time:||Sat, Nov 27 2021 4:30 pm >> Sat, Nov 27 2021 6:00 pm|
|Registration Opens:||Fri, Nov 26 2021 7:27 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Sat, Nov 27 2021 4:00 pm|
|Event Duration:||Approx 90 minutes|
|Difficulty Rating:||D2: Easy to Moderate|
|Trip Leader(s):||Tony C|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||8|
|Minimum Group Size:||2|
|Number Registered So Far:||6 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||No|
Forecast looks great for Saturday, so lets get up to the top of Stone Mountain, for a chilly sunset. We will work our way up the 1 mile trail the top, and then take a short walk around the eastern side of the mtn. We can enjoy the views and wait for the sunset at 5:29. Total distance is about 2.5 miles and elevation gain about 700 feet.
|How to Get There:|
Vehicle access to Stone Mountain Park is $20 per day unless you have an annual pass (which is $40).
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.
OPTIONAL FREE PARK ENTRANCE FOR PEDESTRIANS & BICYCLISTS:
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).
Additional directions and maps can be found at:
(Thanks to Charlie Cottingham, for the detailed directions!)
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