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Gold Branch - Spoke Hike

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Marietta, GA   Hike: Gold Branch - Spoke Hike  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Wed, Jun 30 2021  9:30 am >> Wed, Jun 30 2021 11:30 am
Registration Opens: Mon, Jun 28 2021 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Jun 30 2021 7:30 am
Event Duration:2 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Distance:4.5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Holt Ward
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 13 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Let's hike Gold Branch in East Cobb.  Gold Branch has lots of different trails which offer climbs, decents and some level trails.  We should also get a glimpse of Morgan Falls Dam across the river in the distance.   

For those who have hiked Gold Branch, you are familiar with the rocks and roots that can make some of the trails challenging, expecially where the trail runs close to the Chattahoochee.  If you typically use hiking poles, this may be a good hike to bring them on to help negotiate some of the the roots and rocks.  

For this hike, we will hike more of the "spokes" that connect the trailhead to the river rather than just hiking the perimeter.  The tradeoff is a bit more elevation gain (about 650 feet) as we criss cross the ridge line multiple times.  

As this is a CRNRA unit, there is a $5 parking fee unless you have an annual pass.  There are no bathroom facilities at this unit so plan accordingly.  

Required Items to Bring:
  • Good hiking shoes or boots
  • Water
Recommended Items to Bring:
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  • Hiking poles if you like though not essential

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Gold Branch is located on Lower Roswell Road between Johnson Ferry Road and Willeo Road.  If you are coming from Johnson Ferry Road, its about 2 miles from Johnson Ferry on the right.  If coming from Roswell Road (via Willeo Road) its also about 2 miles on the left.  There is a Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area sign on Lower Roswell and the parking lot is at the bottom of the hill. 

GPS Coordinates for Gold Branch are (33.984480, -84.385302)

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