West Palisades (longer 7.7 miles version) - Thu, Jan 14 2021

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West Palisades (longer 7.7 miles version)

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: East Cobb   Hike: West Palisades  (longer 7.7  miles version)  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Thu, Jan 14 2021  3:30 pm >> Thu, Jan 14 2021 6:30 pm
Registration Opens: Wed, Jan 13 2021 8:05 am
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Jan 14 2021 11:05 am
Event Duration:3 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:7.7 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:4
Number Registered So Far: 4 / 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:  Sunny, 53 degrees, 0% rain chance, 9 mph wind (nice for January!)

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 7.7 miles

Time: just over 3 hours

Moving speed:  2.9 mph average and up to 3.75 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 .

If you think you are a slow D3 hiker or struggle on climbs, this hike would not be one you would like.

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

stylish straw hat, gym shorts, knee socks

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 to the left just before the dead end of Akers Drive which is off of Akers Mill Road at the waterwheel.

The trailhead parking lot is at the end of the dirt road after you have driven past 2 other parking areas.


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


Will hike in rain!

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