Ascent of Stone Mountain on 2012-11-15

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, November 15, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Stone Mountain
    Elevation:1680 ft / 512 m

Ascent Trip Report

Finally 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
Ascent Statistics
    Time:30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:20 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Georgia Granites

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Stone Mountain2012-11-15 a680 ft / 207 m
2Bradley Peak2012-11-15 b174 ft / 53 m
3Arabia Mountain Peak2012-11-15 c205 ft / 62 m
4Stone Mountain2012-11-15 d680 ft / 207 m
Total Trip Gain: 1739 ft / 529 m    Total Trip Loss: 1739 ft / 530 m

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