Stone Mountain Springtime: Cherokee Trail Plus Two Summits - Sat, Apr 15 2023

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Stone Mountain Springtime: Cherokee Trail Plus Two Summits

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Stone Mountain Park
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Apr 15 2023  8:30 am >> Sat, Apr 15 2023 12:00 pm
Registration Opens: Tue, Apr 11 2023 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Apr 14 2023 3:00 pm
Event Duration:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:9 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Greg Pharo
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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:3
Number Registered So Far: 14 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Let's enjoy a morning springtime hike at Stone Mountain! This D4 trek features the Walkup Trail to the summit, followed by the Cherokee Trail loop around the mountain, followed by a second trip up to the summit.

We'll meet near the Historical & Environmental Center (formerly Confederate Hall), over by the restrooms next to Walkup Trail at 8:20 am. Our hike will first take us up the Walkup Trail to the top of the mountain. We'll enjoy fabulous views of Atlanta, northern Georgia and the surrounding areas. Next we'll head back down to the intersection of the Walkup Trail and the Cherokee Trail. We will turn left onto the Cherokee Trail and hike counterclockwise around the mountain. We'll pass through forests, by lakes and creeks, and take a short but scenic detour onto Kings Island/Kings Trail. Swinging around the mountain, we'll continue on the Cherokee Trail where it makes its final ascent to terminate at the Walkup Trail, and then turn left to head upward for a second trip to the very top. After enjoying a final panoramic view from Stone Mountain's summit, we will descend the Walkup Trail, returning to our cars.

We'll hike at a moderate pace (between 2.8 and 3.0 mph moving speed) and stop three or four times for short breaks (no lunch stop). This hike is 9 miles with 1,600 feet elevation gain, placing it on the low end of the D4 difficulty range.

Recent D4 or greater hiking experiences is required to join the fun. If you haven't done a D4+ hike with the AOC recently then the trip leader will contact you to determine if this event is appropriate.

Required Items to Bring:

- Annual pass or $20 entrance fee 

- Sturdy hiking boots/shoes

- At least 1 liter of water

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

- Hiking poles (highly recommended in case of slick conditions)

- Sunscreen

- Snack

- Weather-appropriate clothes (jacket, hat, raingear, etc)

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Park in one of the parking lots near the Walkup Trail and meet in front of the restrooms near the train track by the Walkup Trail. 

Google Maps location is here

Map of Stone Mountain Park is here.


There is a $20 fee per vehicle to enter Stone Mountain; or you can purchase an annual pass for $40.

Please arrive at the walkup trail by 8:20 so that we can start hiking promply at 8:30 am.

Click here for Alltrails map our our route

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