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Sunday, February 27, 2005

The road gong up and down Kennesaw Mountain is the sickest hill I've ever skated. It's about 1 mile and very gradual. It's a little steeper at the end but manageable if carved out. the road is smooth and has an occasional rock to dodge. There is no hitting the hill when the road is open but on the weekends it is closed and the only vehicle to avoid is the tourist bus. I just hit this road yesterday with a couple of buddies and it is the ideal ride for a downhill skateboarder. It's beautiful up there and we enjoyed ourselves very much. It is definitely worth the hike up!

Friday, October 22, 2004

I have heard there are 18 miles of trails in the Kennesaw Mountain battlefield Park. The trails named the Saddleback, Hanged man trail, Burnt Hickory (up Little Kennesaw), Mulkey's, the road from the visitor's center, the trail from the visitor's center and many others. A lot of work is being done on the trails. They are changing. And the Park people try to block some trails, like the Saddleback, for reasons unknown. Thursday, October 21, 2004 Deb and I started at the parking area along Burnt Hickory, crossed the road and began the climb up Little Kennesaw. The fog hung above the tops of the pine trees, with very little breeze and 70 degrees. The first part of the trail is relatively straight and finally levels off, before the final ascent to the top of Little Kennesaw. Looking to your right, if the trees were gone, you could see a large trail running along the Eastern base of the mountain, from Kennesaw Avenue to Burnt Hickory. Hikers can access this trail from a number of points by turning right onto trails headed East, if you are going up the mountain. After reaching the top of Little Kennesaw, the trail heads down into the Saddleback between Little Kennesaw and the top of Kennesaw Mountain. We continued, reached the road which comes up around the mountain from the visitor's center, crossed the road and continued straight up, to the very top, the highest point. Looking north, we could see the North Georgia mountains, and then we turned around and looked at Marietta; to the right, Atlanta; to the left, Stone Mountain. Then we turned back and went back down the way we came, downhill to Burnt Hickory. The entire hike was two hours. If you do this hike three times a week, you can quit paying your health club dues. You won't need those machines, anymore. Deb and I have hiked the mountain 5 or 6 times a week, since 1991. Sometimes it is very crowded, with all types and ages of people, chasing after their dogs and kids, carrying their "dropkick" dogs or walking hand in hand. If you are lucky, you might see deer. During some weeks we see two or three, then we will go months without seeing one. Watch out for the track clubs and other professional type runners that come in packs like a bunch of Alaskan wolves. Oh, to be young again. But sometimes the park is empty, on cold days, or after a couple of days of rain. Alone on Little Kennesaw. A truly beautiful thing.
Jim Otos

Saturday, April 10, 2004

I've been walking this mountain for over 45 years. Currently like to go from Burnt hickory, up pigeon hill, up little Kennesaw, then on up to Big Kennesaw. Best time ever is about 35 minutes but usually takes me 45. I also sometimes go on down to the visitor center and then come back the same way. I estimate that from Burnt hickory to top of Big K is about 900 feet total elevation changes since up come down from little K and then back up to big k. But the absolute distance is around 750 feet. I walk 2 to 6 times a week. Find the summer months especially interesting. Drink 1 liter of fluid minimum if I go bottom to top, take 2 liters for the up down up down complete trip. This is good training for skiing too and back backing too. Do not do this mountain in the summer without fluids. Stay off the mountain if it seems like its gonna storm with lightning. There have beens a few deaths due to lightning strikes. Finally, lots of people like to take their dogs up little k from Burnt hickory. In the summer I have seen dogs overcome by the heat. Especially large dogs like rotwielers where the owners don't realize how hot it gets and how tuff it is getting up little k.

Friday, April 9, 2004

I've hiked up this trail a couple of times and it is definitely a good workout if you don't take your time too much. It is very steep in parts, but also has a portion in the middle that is flat. I can make it to the top in just under 20 minutes, but that is a very strenuous pace. I usually walk down the road, rather than back down the trail, so the pounding on my legs is not as intense. But this is a nice trail and I would certainly recommend it to anyone.

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

The hike most people refer to here is only a mile to the top and is not really that challenging. The first 2/10ths are pretty steep, but it levels off and is relatively easy from there. There are benches to rest on frequently and a lot of nice views. For the lazy, there is usually a school bus shuttle whenever the road is closed, but you will miss out on the main reason to go. The people who take the shuttle are usually the people who most need the exercise and it beats walking on a treadmill. You will meet a lot of people and occasionally celebrities (Newt Gingrich, etc). I recommend comfortable shoes and some water to celebrate with at the top. Kids love the trail and pets seem to enjoy the walk as well. My advice is just tough out the first section and enjoy the rest of the trail. A note of caution: after you make it to the top you should rest and go back down the way you came. The next section of the trail is very challenging and you nee to be in shape to attempt it. Your mileage may vary...

Saturday, August 23, 2003

Hiked the eastern trail south first, to Pigeon Hill, which was wide and down hill most of the way. An easy hike to do. Many joggers on the trail. The trail going up to Little Keenesaw Mtn is being worked on by TCC and a detour sign is in place to direct you north. This is steep and tough goings. Got past Fort McBride where there is a bald with a rock outcrop and took time to catch my breath and observed Red Shoulder, Red Tail and Sharp Shinned hawks harrassing the vultures. Continued north till I got to the road and took the road out. The temperature was in the high 80's and humid. I just couldn't go upward anymore. The trails are not blazed which gave me some confussion at junctions. I luckly had a map and GPS which I used to estimate my position. I was stopped three times by people asking me for directions.

Tuesday, July 22, 2003

we hiked the kennesaw mountian trail on sunday 7-19-03 starting at 11am and finished about 1245pm. for a short urban trail it is certianly challenging. we saw several people carrying big packs and when we asked they told us they were training for hikes like mt rainier...there are a few steep areas and a few narrow areas..beautiful views of atlanta, kennesaw, woodstock..interesting history..no water at top so take plenty....lots of people and dogs on the trail..if you want privacy this is not the trail on the weekend..we saw probably 35 to 40 people..as always take a hiking cane with you it helps.. good weekend challenge when you cant get to the mountians.. happy trails bill jones outdoorsnga@juno.com (for now)
bill jones

Tuesday, July 8, 2003

I rated this trail moderate because of the steepest portions. There are ample fairly level sections to "catch your breath". The views are well worth the hike. During the week you drive and on weekends take a free (donations accepted) bus to 200 yards from the top, but doing so takes a lot of the fun out of the trip. Walking the paved road is 1.3 miles.

Tuesday, July 9, 2002

One member of our party of four has difficulty walking due to a stroke and therefore rode an electric "scooter". We were told by the park employee in the Visitor Center that the trail was wheelchair accessable. Off we went for a nice hike/ride on the trail. We discovered that the trail is not wheelchair accessable. What started as a simple hike became a rollicking adventure. At many points rocks and roots covered the trail. Our rider had to be assisted on foot while we actually carried this 100lb + scooter over the obstacles. Unwilling to turnback, we finally reached a spot we cristened "Stairway to Hernia". A six to seven foot crag of rocks and roots. Fortunatly two joggers came buy and we were able to lift the chair to the top without incident. Overall I enjoyed the trail and would someday like to take it when not encumbered by a scooter.

Saturday, June 22, 2002

This isn't a report just a question. I want to hike to the top and back, nothing more. How long is it round trip and how long would it take?

Sunday, April 21, 2002

A nice steep trail for a couple of novice hikers. Great workout. Especially good for Marley - an overly energetic lab puppy. He has been sleeping since we got home. The views were unclear because of heavy smog. Somehow we missed the springs mentioned in the trail description. On a scale of 1-10 (10 best), Regina and I give it a 6.5, Marley gives it a zzzzzzzz.
Dave, Regina, & Marley

Wednesday, June 13, 2001

no week end drive on the mt really stinks for those of us who are not physically able to make it

Friday, June 8, 2001

I climb this trail 30 or 40 times a year, for the exercise. A 50 minute hike to the top if you don't rest, round trip. The hike seems just about right for the health, and you will be hard put to find a more beautiful hike East of Oregon. One nice thing about the hike is that the path modulates between steep and not so steep, to level, then back to steep, so you can catch your breath at times. I find that walking up the road and down the path works best for those less ambitious. Going up the road affords a the wonderful view of Stone Mountain and as you round the curve near the top onto the South side of the Mountain you will see wide panoramic view of Little Kennasaw and Pidgeon Hill, which would be the tail, if Kennesaw Mountain was a bulldog. Looking left you can see the City of Marietta, overgrown with trees. Looking right, looking through the saddleback between Little Kennesaw Mt. and Kennesaw Mt. you will see Lost Mountain in the distance.
Jim Otos

Monday, January 22, 2001

No matter how much you love your job, do not let your boss drag you up this mountain in the warmer months while you are wearing long pants and no hiking boots! Just say no!

Monday, January 22, 2001

This trail is difficult when wearing long pants and no hiking boots in the warmer months. My boss thought it would be fun to hike the mountain, so he dragged me along, unprepared as I was. I'm sure it is a pleasurable experience when one is not forced to climb the mountain.

Trail Length:1.1 miles
Location: Cobb County
Features:historic, scenic.
Last hiked:04/15/1998
Type of trail:In and out
Our rating:Moderate
Your rating:Moderate (49)
Date added:01/01/1998
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