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West Palisades (8 mile version) from Paces Mill parking lot

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: East Cobb   Hike: West Palisades  (8 mile version) from Paces Mill parking lot   National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Oct 9 2020  1:00 pm >> Fri, Oct 9 2020 4:00 pm
Registration Opens: Thu, Oct 8 2020 10:09 am
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Oct 9 2020 8:00 am
Event Duration:3 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:8 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Gary 'L'
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 7 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


West Paliscades 6 miles of trails (more than the 710 foot elevation gain from the loop)

 Drive to Paces Mill for the start.  We will reconvene by the restroom building in the back parking lot at Paces Mill off Cobb Parkway bridge.

One of the more challenging of the Chattahoochee River parks, the West Palisades trail system provides relaxing river-side trails along with several moderately steep inclines. 

  The trails either stay around 800 feet in elevation along the river or around 1000 feet in elevation on the hilltop, so navigating this park requires several 200 foot climbs and descents.

We will start near the river and work our way along all the trails to maximize our climbing.

On the return, if conditions are good and the souls are hearty, we will take an unblazed connector trail along the river through a jungle gym of tree limbs and climb a rock wall near the end of that segment -- but only if everyone agrees they want this added segment.

Rottenwood Creek 4 mile trail (280 feet elevation gain) to top us.

We will do enough to hit our 8 mile target for the overall hike.

Required Items to Bring:

Appropriate clothing for the weather


$5 cash or annual park pass

Sturdy hiking shoes

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking poles if you like to use them

2 liters water

How to Get There:
Event Directions:



Paces Mill 3444 Cobb Parkway

Atlanta, GA 30339


Here is a link for Google Maps:

From 75 South
Turn right onto Cumberland Blvd SE 0.3 mi
Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto Cobb Pkwy  0.4 mi
Turn right onto Paces Mill Rd SE
$5 cash for a daily parking pass - OR if you have the annual CRNRA pass just display it in your vehicle and you are good to go.


Bring $5 cash for parking unless you have an annual pass, which you can apply for HERE.


Will hike in rain!

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