Ascent of Stone Mountain on 2012-11-15
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Thursday, November 15, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||1680 ft / 512 m|
Ascent Trip ReportFinally rehiking this mountain that my father first introduced me to back in the late 1970s. I thought of him as I left at 6:35 AM beginning the hike before sunrise.It was cold and wet. The potholes of granite were filled with water from the rain the night before and the slick granite was slippery. I found the Cherokee side trails and investigated them and think they would be a much better way up from the one way road parking off of Gen Lee Blvd. That is a real trail. This standard path is like a granite freeway called the "Walk Up Trail"
Fortutanley I had the entire granitic pluton to myself as it was too early and cold for others. At the top the fog was so thick I could not even see the tram towers and building at the top until I was literally 50 feet away. I was down by 7:30 AM down and off to my wetland site.
Later that day after doing my weltand work, I played on the other nearby igneous plugs (Bradely and Arabia) and then returned and climbed this batholith one more time quickly before sunset.
The second time I started at 5:07 PM and was down by 5:45 PM (38 minutes) including time for photos at the top and talking to a few people. I passed 40 or 50 people on the way up - it was a total contrast to early this morning - a hightway of hikers!! I had a conference call from work that I had to participate in and I actually conducted a conference call and climb the rock in 20 minutes.
Someday I will try the Cherokee Trail.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||680 ft / 207 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||2 mi / 3.2 km|
| Route:||"Walk Up Trail" Yellow|
| Trailhead:||Parking lot 1000 ft / 304 m|
| Quality:||5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Weather:||Cold, Windy, White-out|
37F cold foggy and windy
| Time:||30 Minutes|
| Time:||20 Minutes|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Georgia Granites|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 1739 ft / 529 m Total Trip Loss: 1739 ft / 530 m
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