Are you available to hike during the day, mid-day (at 11AM), usually on Wednesdays but occasionally on Monday or Friday? Looking to explore some of the nice hiking locations within a 30-45 minute drive of Atlanta? Looking for a moderate-paced hike of about 5-6 miles with nice, friendly people? Like to optionally go out for lunch afterward? Then this is the hike for you !
4/30 Location: this week we will hike the Indian Seats Trail at the Sawnee Mountain Preserve in Cumming. This hike is only 4 miles, but it does have a fairly significant elevation change, so this hike should probably be called a "Moderate Plus" hike. We will hike to the top of the mountain where the view is fantastic.
Locations: Some of our planned locations will include Pine Mountain in Cartersville, Kennesaw Battlefield Park , Red Top Mountain State Park, Sweetwater Creek, Sawnee Mtn Preserve, and others. The idea is to rotate each week to different places for variety sake! The location for each week will be listed in the title and in that's week's hike description.
Prompt Departure: Out of respect for the majority of people who arrive on time, we will leave promptly at the designated time, allowing 1-2 minutes of "grace period". If you arrive late, please text or call me at[masked] and I will let you know where we are on the trail so you can catch up to the group.
Intended Difficulty/Fitness-level: The locations and trails chosen for this hike, as well as the hiking pace, will be of moderate difficulty. We will plan each hike to be approximately 5 miles, and will hike that distance in about 2 hours or slightly more depending on the difficulty of the terrain. We will avoid trails that have very steep climbs, but there will be moderate elevation changes. We will pause briefly a few times for water breaks or to catch our breath. So a moderate hike all around, of about 2.5mph pace. Put another way, this should not be considered a beginner, easy, or leisurely hike. But this is also not intended to be a hard-core "workout" hike - if you prefer to hike very fast (e.g. 3mph or faster pace) you would likely be frustrated with the planned pacing of this hike.
Lunch afterward: While not required or expected, please join us for lunch afterward at a local restaurant. Restaurants chosen will be of moderate price level (e.g Taco Mac, IHOP, Cracker Barrel).