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KM PowerHike

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Dr., Kennesaw, GA 30152   Hike: KM PowerHike  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Wed, Sep 18 2013  6:00 pm >> Wed, Sep 18 2013 8:00 pm
Registration Opens: Mon, Sep 9 2013 11:30 am
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Sep 18 2013 3:00 pm
Event Duration:2 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:6 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:16
Minimum Group Size:1
Number Registered So Far: 3 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


The promo shot is the view towards Standing Indian from the tower on Albert Mountain and not of KM just so you know :-)  Do this event every week and you'll have no problems climbing up to Albert Mountain on the weekends, plus your legs won't be sore the next day!

This powerhike is for those that already "own" Kennesaw "Mountain", know the trails (ideally, but not required), and consider it a rather easy climb.  Realize that we get very spread out.  Please look over the directions below to (potentially) save yourself some time getting there.

If everyone is there early, we will move on out.  Note that this is a go at your own pace (although fast) hike.  Some may run at times.

After introductions (if you are new) and a quick briefing (e.g. Go to Burnt Hickory and back, perhaps) we will ascend the 1.2 miles to the 1808 foot top of Big Kennesaw Mountain which is a climb of 657 feet. From there we will drop down about 500 feet to the gap between Big Kennesaw and Little Kennesaw Mountain, up and over the hump in the middle which is about a 20 foot climb heading towards Little Kennesaw and about a 50 foot climb heading back, then down to the base of Little Kennesaw.  From there it's about a 300 foot climb to the top of Little Kennesaw at 1601 feet.  Then we'll head down the other side of Little Kennesaw to Burnt Hickory for a short break (5 seconds maybe).  After that we'll head back the same way we came.

The total distance is ~6.0 miles if you count to and from the Visitors Center, and we'll be moving at 3.0 mph pace or more.  This is strenuous and heart pumping and is intended to be a mid-week workout to keep in shape for D5 weekend trips.  It has a bootcamp feel to it.  Hiking with a purpose it seems.

Study the map, especially if you've never been there before.  We'll be going from the Visitor Center to Burnt Hickory Road on what is called the West Trail (the mountains kind of run southwest to northeast.  The West Trail (the one on the west) goes over the mountains.  The East Trail (the one on the east) goes around the mountains).  At every fork in the trail on the way over, choose right and you'll be alright.  Does anyone read the event descriptions? Haha.


Required Items to Bring:

Fluids per personal tastes
Good hiking shoes
Snack (if you think you'll have time :-) - You won't (ha ha!)
Rain gear (if you are wimpy...most of us just go ahead and get wet)
A can-do attitude!

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

Game face
Technical feet placement skills

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

1) I-75 North to exit 267B Hwy 5 Canton Road Connector

2) If you are not heading west after getting off of the Interstate you are going the wrong way.  You should be heading towards US 41 and downtown Marietta after getting off of I-75 onto the Canton Road Connector and see Kennesaw Mountain on your right.

3) You will be tempted to take the first exit off of the Canton Road Connector which is US 41, but do not take it.  Proceed over US 41 on a bridge staying on the Canton Road Connector.

4) After crossing US 41 take a right at the first redlight which is Church Street Extension.

5) You should cross railroad tracks soon.

6) Take a left onto Old 41 at the second redlight.  If you get to US 41 again, you have missed the turn onto Old 41 so turn around.

7) Stay on Old US 41 until you pass in front of the mountain then turn left at the redlight and park in the main visitor center lot if you can.  If full head back out to Old 41, take a left and park in the new parking lot farther down the road on the left.

8) Last resort / panic mode / all available parking spaces have been taken:  When this happens, here is where to park - Turn around and head back in front of the mountain on Old 41.  Take the first left which is White Circle Road.  Take the first right which is White Road Court.  Park on the side of the road.

Meet prior to 6:00 PM at the cannon outside the main entrance of the visitor's center or just inside the lobby.  Call the trip leader if you are running late, but please note that we won't wait on you.  You will have to try and catch up with the group if you arrive late.



1) The hike will start as close to on time as possible, so please plan on meeting prior to the start time to sign in.

2) Allow 5 - 10 minutes to walk from the new parking lot to the visitors center in the event that the main parking lot is full.

3) Account for potentially bad traffic.  This bites people every time and makes them late.

4) No need to call if it rains.  This hike will proceed in the pouring rain and will only ever be cancelled due to weather at hike time.  I haven't cancelled an outdoor event due to weather since 1978.

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Cost Includes:

No cost.

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

This is a rain or shine hike - we will hike regardless of the weather - except for thunder, tornadoes or earthquakes.  No need to call or text me to see if it will be canceled.  It won't be canceled due to weather for the most part.  I like to hike in the rain but it seldom rains on my hikes.