OK, allow ’s see my pix from Sunday:
By Wolf Rock you may see the autumn colours coming in — you can only see the colors at the greatest elevations on peak of the ridge.
The following view of Stone Mountain that I’d not seen previously.
Finally the trail returns to Cedar Rock, that looks out over Stone Mountain.
Lots and lots o’ measures on the wood walkway.
I got to the park early enough for decent morning lighting — this is a snapshot of Hutchinson Homestead, where a family lived for generations.
I thought if that rock would be somehow humanized by adding my hiking boots.
I’ve developed a crackpot theory that enormous expanses of stone that is exposed produce their own gravity, and the human subconscious responds to the rock’s gravitational attraction. Our susceptibility to the attraction (some may say seduction) determines our urge to get out there among the hills.
Google map for this increase
The first time that I noticed up the summit marker here.
Links for this hike:
Reflection in the parking lot on the rear window of the car.
We just don ’ t receive every autumn, the reds and oranges which redecorate the Northeast, but I favor the diversity. The images may not be as sexy, but the experience will be richer.
How are the autumn colors currently shaping up on your portion of the world? Fill us in and link to picture in the comments if you’ve got ’em.
Score another one to the magnetic personality of Stone Mountain: I had just completed a nice loop increase of just under 6 miles around the Blackjack Ridge and Wolf Rock paths. I sat on the grass close to the bottom of Stone Mountain, eating my lunch and trying to listen to reason, which saw no advantage in yet another increase to the peak of the granite dome that was huge.
Puddles are productive resources of images.
Listen to reason, or hear the stone?
I also ran into Chris Berrier, that joined me on a hike at Panthertown Valley this past summer. Here are his Nikes in the first image that shows up on my site. This ’s his EveryTrail trip from Sunday.
Stone Mountain Falls was especially appealing.
- EveryTrail GPS tracks.
- EveryTrail Guide: Stone Mountain Loop
- North Carolina State Parks site for Stone Mountain State Park
- Each of my Stone Mountain climbs
- Park map (PDF download)
Just past the Hutchinson Homestead place, the road splits, with an option to check out the Cedar Rock or Blackjack Ridge paths. I hadn’t completed Blackjack Ridge, so I checked it out. Nothing magnificent, but it was quiet and peaceful.
I went with all the rock. The Stone Mountain Loop increase was just a second 3.5 miles and 1,000 feet of ascent. The skies were blue as they get on this side of the USA, the fever was in the mid-70s. The park was crowded, for sure, but wouldn’t it be about a day like this?
Utter rot, no doubt, but I have no better excuse.
View from the top. Awesome.