A couple weekends ago, we took our annual Father’s Day climb up Stone Mountain with the kids. Instead of doing the popular backyard barbecue to celebrate the day, we opt to head outdoors for a hike.
With our kids being so little, we typically take easier hikes on the weekends. But Stone Mountain is our choice on Father’s Day. Our four year old can pretty easily climb up on her own, with (lots) of words of encouragement from Mom and Dad. But the one (almost two) year old hitched a ride on our shoulders to get to the top.
Stone Mountain is a pretty popular hike for the local Atlanta folk, here are some tips for heading up to the peak when littles are tagging along.
Things to Bring:
– Hiking day pack – I have the REI Co-op Flash 22 Pack and I love it, especially the pockets for water bottles on the sides
– Plenty of water – one bottle per person
– Hats for everyone – most of the trail up is shaded, but it can get sunny and hot at the top
– Camera (or phone camera) for when you reach the top
– Grippy, comfortable shoes for everyone
About the Hike:
– 1 mile to the top
– The mountain is mostly rock, so it is very slippery when wet
– There is a shelter with picnic tables about halfway up the trail
– There are rails near the top of the mountain, make sure you hold on to the rails going up and especially coming back down. I like to walk behind my girls when we go up and in front of them coming down.
Are there any hikes that you enjoy going on with your kids?