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Stone Mountain Up and Down

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Stone Mountain Park which is 15 miles East of Atlanta, GA   Hike: Stone Mountain Up and Down   National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Mon, Jul 8 2013  7:00 pm >> Mon, Jul 8 2013 8:30 pm
Registration Opens: Sun, Jun 30 2013 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Mon, Jul 8 2013 10:00 am
Event Duration:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Distance:2.4 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Libby G
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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: 11 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


We will meet at the Confederate Hall area, next the to Restroom building, by the wall / sidewalk.  The hike will start promptly at 7 pm.  The trail climbs on solid granite and through boulder fields to the top of Stone Mountain, some 780 feet above the surrounding Georgia piedmont.  As we go up to the top of Stone Mountain, we will be walking through 200 years of American history, 400 years of European history, thousands of years of Native American history, and millions of years in geological history.

Formed 7 miles beneath the Earth's surface more than 350 million years ago, Stone Mountain is what geologists call a pluton.  Moltonic lava, created by the massive collision of tectonic plates during the formation of the Blue Ridge Mountains, forced its way into an underlying fold over many millions of years.

Our configuration:  Up the mountain and back down the mountain.  We will not spend any time on the top, just a short break before heading back down.  This is NOT a sunset hike.  Difficulty is D2, so beginners are welcome but we will be going at a moderate pace to finish within 90 minutes total.  There are some vertical drops near the path, and it can be extremely slippery conditions after a rain.  Scenery is 360-degree vista of the Georgia piedmont, including long-distance views of Atlanta, Buckhead, and Decatur.  Please call my cell if you have questions at 404-861-0044.

Required Items to Bring:

Water.  Good hiking shoes or boots. Wool or good hiking socks, to avoid blisters.  Money for parking pass, unless you have an annual one. $10 to park at Stone Mountain per day. $35 annual pass.

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

Food / Snack. Poles, if you need for stability.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

GPS  Coordinates: 33.81076800026398, -84.16212379932403

Parking in the Stone Mountain Lot:  $10 per day.  Annual pass is $35.  Discount if you purchase more than one Annual Pass at a time.

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. Confederate Hall will be on your left. The parking lot will be immediately after. We’ll meet behind Confederate Hall near 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 about in the Confederate Hall parking lot.


There's no charge for pedestrians or bicyclists to enter Stone Mountain Park or to enjoy the numerous free attractions inside the Park including the nice trails.  If you don't have an annual Park Pass and wish to save the daily $10 parking fee, there are usually plenty of free parking spots just outside the Park in Stone Mountain Village.   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 up East Mountain Street and directly into the park.

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 to the "caboose lot" on your left.  In about 10 minutes you can walk or ride your bike eastward into the Park via the paved PATH trail, turn left on Robt. E. Lee Blvd (for ~300 yard) and join the AOC group at the Walk-Up trailhead.

Additional directions and maps can be found at:

Be Aware:  Put all your personal belongings out of sight in your vehicle.  Lock your vehicle.


Stone Mountain Website is 770-498- 5690.

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