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East Palisades, 8 miles, Whitewater Creek lot




The Basics:
STATUS: Cancelled - Hide from Calendar
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: East Cobb   Hike: East Palisades, 8 miles, Whitewater Creek lot  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Mon, Mar 1 2021  1:30 pm >> Mon, Mar 1 2021 5:00 pm
Registration Opens: Mon, Feb 22 2021 12:35 pm
Registration Cut Off: Mon, Mar 1 2021 12:35 pm
Event Duration:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:8 Miles
Pace:Fast
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: 3 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes

Itinerary:


Photo of East Palisades beaver by Chuck R.  Thanks Chuck!

Moving Speed: up to 3.4 mph 

Avg. Speed:  2.8 mph 

Elevation Gain: 1500 feet

Trail Condition:  slippery and hazardous in places with the usual winter experiences of leaves over nuts, rocks, and roots, plus extra sticks and blowdowns 

We will cover all the trails and work our way through the trail system from the lower level to try to have as much climbing as possible. 

We will also have 4 rough unmarked "trail" sections including the BAH, the winch and ranger house, above the bluffs, and Long Island Creek.

If you think you are a slow hiker, then this hike would not be one you would want to choose.

PLEASE NOTE THE PARKING LOT - - WHITEWATER CREEK   (Not the Indian Trail lot) 

East Palisades is a unique hike in a densely forested park that rises to 400 feet above the Chattahoochee River. It offers some of the most scenic views of the river south of Lake Lanier.

This hike will encompass the 48 acre park and include many of the Creeks and tributaries.


The path follows several switchbacks to the top of East Palisades, where a side path drops down some steps to an overlook that gives a breathtaking view of the river flowing north to south. 


From here the trail climbs to a ridge.

Along the way to the top, we will take all of the trails in order to maximize our elevation gain to have climbing be as much of a D4 experience as we can squeeze out of the trail system.

Please make sure you meet at the WhiteWater Creek location. 

There are no restrooms but there is a portolet at the parking lot.

Pass can be purchased at the Kiosk in the parking lot -  they don't take cash any longer - you should be able to scan a QR code with your phone and pay electroncially. or prior to hike go to this website and purchase a daily or annual pass https://www.nps.gov/chat/planyourvisit/fees.htm

 

 

 


Required Items to Bring:

Appropriate clothing for the weather

Water 

$5 electronically or annual park pass

Sturdy hiking shoes

Masks - please be reminded of CDC protocol to wear a mask whenever you cannot social distance

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:

Please note the physical address and the directions mentioned below are approximate; the best way to get to the parking lot is by GPS.  

From Google Maps, type: East Palisades Whitewater

From I -285 East
- Take exit 22, Northside Drive, New Northside Drive, Powers Ferry Road. 
- Right on Northside Drive.
- Go through the Powers Ferry intersection for 1.6 miles to Harris Trail (Caution light).
- Right on Harris Trail and .9 mile to Whitewater Creek Road.
- Right and entrance will be on the right (.1 mile).

From I-285 West
- Take exit 22, Northside Drive, New Northside Drive, Powers Ferry Road.
- Straight to second traffic light.
- Left on Northside Drive, through the Powers Ferry Road intersection for 1.6 miles to Harris Trail (caution light).
- Right on Harris Trail and .9 miles to Whitewater Creek Road.
- Right and travel.1 mile to the entrance on the right.

From I-75 North
- Take exit 256, Mt. Paran Road.
- Right on Mt. Paran Road to first traffic light (Harris Trail)
- Left on Harris Trail to Whitewater Creek Road
- Right about .4 miles to the unit which is on the left.

From U.S. 41 (Cobb Highway South)
- Travel to Mt. Paran Road
- Right on Mt. Paran Road, go to the first traffic light (Harris Trail) and turn left.
- Go about .3 miles turn left onto Whitewater Creek Road.
- Go .4 miles to the unit, which is on the left.

From U.S. 41 (Cobb Highway North)
- Travel to Mt. Paran Road
- Turn left on Mt. Paran Road, go to the first traffic light (Harris Trail) and turn left.
- Go about .3 miles turn left onto Whitewater Creek Road.
- Go .4 miles to the unit, which is on the left.

 

 
 

Notes:

Electronic payment at QR code sign  for $5 parking unless you have an annual pass, which you can apply for HERE.

Trail Maps - 

National Park Service http://www.nps.gov/chat/planyourvisit/upload/ TrailMapPalisadesEast.pdf

Alltrails, of the standard loop (we will do more than twice as much) with section mileages if you zoom

 

 

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