Print-Friendly Version
Add this event to your calendar (Outlook, iCalendar)
Add REGISTRATION REMINDER to your calendar

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page.

West Palisades (8.5 miles)

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: East Cobb   Hike: West Palisades  (8.5 miles)  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Thu, Oct 29 2020  3:00 pm >> Thu, Oct 29 2020 6:00 pm
Registration Opens: Thu, Oct 22 2020 5:52 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Oct 29 2020 2:00 pm
Event Duration:3 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:8.5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Gary 'L'
Email Trip Leader(s)
You must be logged in to get the Trip Leader contact information.
Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 5 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Our photo is a water snake eating a fish on trail during our recent hike in early October.  Photo courtesy of Linda Plemmons.  Thanks, Linda!

Weather:  rain is forecasted to end by 2pm and become a sunny afternoon

Trail Conditions:  expected to be sloppy, wet, slippery, and puddled, at times along the river side portion of the hike

Elevation gain:  1000 feet

Mileage: over 8.5 miles

Time Length:  over 3 hours

Moving speed:  2.9 mph average and up to 3.3 mph

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 descend to the river from the parking lot and thereafter work our way along all the trails to maximize our climbing.

After completing the West Paliscades trails (some unmarked) we will use the Rottenwood Creek 4 mile trail (280 feet elevation gain) to top us for our elevation gain and mileage targets .

We will do enough hiking to hit our 1000 elevation gain target for a D3 which will extend our mileage and our time.

Required Items to Bring:

Appropriate clothing for the weather


$5 electronic payment using QR code at the kiosk or annual park pass

Sturdy hiking shoes

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

Hiking poles if you like to use them

2 liters water

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Here is a link for Google Maps:

This location is shown as the Palisades West Trailhead

This is the location at the dead end of Akers Drive which is off of Akers Mill Road at the windmill.


If you do not have an annual pass, you can apply for HERE.


Will hike in rain!

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.