Ascent of Stone Mountain on 2018-04-08

Climber: Peter Stone

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, April 8, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Stone Mountain
    Elevation:1680 ft / 512 m

Ascent Trip Report

Part of a spring tour of the south-east USA; an area I didn't know at all well. My plan was to visit historic sights, botanical reserves, pass through 9 'Red' states (to see what the folks there were really like) and along the way make sure I 'climbed' 5 state high points!

So as part of this trip, while in Georgia, I headed to this famous mountain. A fascinating and absolutely worthwhile climb even if it has the ambience of a city park. The trail on firm granite provides great traction and the views from the top over downtown Atlanta and the southern Appalachians in the far distance are splendid even if closer by it is hemmed in by roads and development. Very sociable and great to see all sorts of folk making the climb in addition to those who made the ascent in the Summit Skyride cable car.

In order to make it a longer hike I parked in Stone Mountain township to the west (where I’d stayed the night before in a great Airbnb - thanks Bill!). I followed the official Walk-Up Trail in ascent (the only approved way to walk to the summit) and then on descent used part of the Cherokee Trail through the woods to the Memorial Lawn area with its various attractions at the foot of the enormously impressive put politically questionable bas-relief carving. Thence returning via the Confederate Hall Historical & Environmental Education Center with its really interesting displays before returning to suburbia and my car.

The Stone Mountain Walk-Up Trail is well described on the Stone Mountain Guide website: click here. Other trails too: click here.

The Stone Mountain Park website also has details on hiking trails: click here.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Roadside and Walk-up Trail
    Start Trailhead:Stone Mountain 5th Street parking lot  
Descent Statistics
    Route:Walk-up, Cherokee and Connecting Trails and roadsi
    End Trailhead:Stone Mountain 5th Street parking lot  

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