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East Palisades - FAST

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: East Cobb   Hike: East Palisades - FAST   National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Mon, Mar 13 2023  2:00 pm >> Mon, Mar 13 2023 4:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 1:45 pm   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Sat, Mar 11 2023 2:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Mon, Mar 13 2023 2:00 pm
Event Duration:2 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:6 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:8
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


Photo of East Palisades heron by Masheed Khujari.  Thanks Masheed!

This is not a hike for a beginner. 

To qualify, you must have:

1. recently kept pace with a D2 group doing 3 mph on a previous hike and be willing to keep pace at 3 mph with the group on this hike.  

2. recently kept pace with a D2 group doing a 500 foot elevation gain hike

3. not fallen twice in the same day on a D2 hike

For this hike, we will accomplish --

Elevation gain: 700 feet (there will be four 125 to 175 foot climbs)

Avg. Moving Speed:  FAST (3.0 mph)

Terrain:  RUGGED;  slippery in places with leaves over nuts, rocks, and roots, plus extra sticks, blowdowns, mud patches, and awkward slopes. 

East Palisades is a unique hike in a densely forested park that rises to 400 feet above the Chatt ahoochee 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 loop hike will include the Poppi's Point Overlook deck as well as the Bamboo Forest.




Required Items to Bring:

Appropriate clothing for the weather


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, are mighty fine

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Carpool only due to scarcity of parking

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):0Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 1:45 pm
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions


Trail Maps - 

National Park Service TrailMapPalisadesEast.pdf




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