Welcome Winter! Solstice Sunrise and Cherokee Trail Hike
|Event Location:||Stone Mountain Park|
|Date(s) & Time:||Tue, Dec 21 2021 7:00 am >> Tue, Dec 21 2021 10:00 am|
|Registration Opens:||Thu, Dec 16 2021 8:03 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Tue, Dec 21 2021 5:00 am|
|Event Duration:||3 Hours|
|Difficulty Rating:||D3: Moderate|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||8|
|Minimum Group Size:||3|
|Number Registered So Far:||8 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||No|
In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice is an astronomical phenomenon marking the shortest day and the longest night of the year. It also is the first day of winter. Let's give winter a big welcoming hello by greeting the sunrise from atop Stone Mountain. The sun will rise at 7:36 am, so we'll start our hike up to the top promptly at 7:00 am.
We will meet in front of the Confederate Hall restrooms a few minutes before 7:00 am for brief introductions before we head to the top to wait for the sun to make her appearance. We'll ascend via the main walk-up trail. Once atop, we'll settle in to watch the sun rise and celebrate the fact that, starting now, we will get a few more seconds of light every day. Hurray!
After enjoying Mother Nature's performance, we will descend most of the way back down the mountain, via a path less traveled, through the woods, and pick up the Cherokee Trail. We'll circumnavigate the mountain at a moderate to fast pace before ending back at Confederate Hall.
|How to Get There:|
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 $20 for the daily parking fee if you don't display a valid annual pass.
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).
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.
OPTIONAL FREE PARK ENTRANCE FOR PEDESTRIANS & BICYCLISTS:
* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.
Parking is $20 unless you have an annual pass. Bicyclists and pedestrians may enter the park at no charge through the South Woods Gate.
Cancellation/Partial Attendance: Please review the AOC cancellation policy.