Ascent of Stone Mountain on 2012-08-25

Climber: Dave Dunham

Date:Saturday, August 25, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Stone Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:2305 ft / 702 m

Ascent Trip Report

I hadn’t plotted out any major climbs for after the Trail 10km championships, figuring I’d be pretty beat up from racing. Todd and I did some online research and found that Stone Mountain wasn’t too far from the race site and it had some interesting trails along with a few streams for post-race soaking. After the awards ceremony we drove from Laurel Springs to Stone Mountain. The maps were less than ideal; Todd called them “cartoon maps”. They had shadow relief but no topo information and it was hard to tell if the Stone Mountain Loop trail went around the Mountain (2,305’) or actually up and over the summit. After checking out the trailhead we decided that the 4.5 mile (or so) loop would be fun, and almost certainly would take us over the summit.

We took the shortest route to the summit (clockwise on the loop trail). The trail was great! It was well maintained, smooth, and had a lot of stairs to climb. We took it very easy, both of us had raced hard and this was just for “fun”. We completed the 785’ of climb in 16:47, and took a short break on the top to check out the views. The top reminded me a lot of Mt Monadnock with large expanses of smooth rock. I would not want to venture out on that in wet weather.

The downhill running was a welcome relief and we wound around the northern end of the mountain. There were some stairs to run down but not many and we took a couple of side trails to check out the waterfalls, a swimming hole, and a nice view of the mountain from a big field. We chugged along and were back at the car in 37:00 for a round-trip of 53:47.

We had a nice long post-race soak in the East Roaring Brook River before making the 2 hour drive to Charlotte and closing the book on an excellent weekend.

Totals for the weekend:
Drive = 522 miles
Miles run = 40
Mountains climbed = 11
Climb/descent = 4,526’
State high points = 1
County high points = 5
6000’ peaks = 4
5000’ peaks = 5
4000’ peaks = 1
Towers = 2
National championship medals = 2 (Gold in the 45-49 & 9th Overall)

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1520 ft / 463 m
    Elevation Loss:1520 ft / 463 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1520 ft / 463 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:Stone Mountain loop trail
    Trailhead:parking lot  785 ft / 239 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1520 ft / 463 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Stone Mountain loop trail
    Trailhead:parking lot  785 ft / 239 m

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