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Ascent of West Palisades CRNRA HP 1020 on 2018-01-24

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:West Palisades CRNRA HP 1020
    Location:USA-Georgia
    Elevation:1020 ft / 310 m

Ascent Trip Report

A nice steady climb from the saddle of the Rottenwood Creek Hill and you top out at the tallest feature in the West Palisades portion of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. This feature is around 1020 feet tall while the river you left from is at about 955 feet. Not much of a strenuous climb but it is still a scenic woods in a public space in urbanized Atlanta so what the heck? Why not? The actual peak is a bit off trail but an easy bushwhack of no more than a football field along the ridge. At least quite easy in the winter time. Unfortunately, the taller peaks of this ridgeline area offsite beyond the national park designation so I did not proceed. Satisfied to take what the public lands give me and have to ask for forgiveness elsewhere. I hiked around and explored other possible saddles before heading back and bushwhacking the Rottenwood Creek hill one more time to get a good measurement of its rise from the connection saddle instead of using the designated blue blaze trail.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:225 ft / 68 m
    Total Elevation Loss:225 ft / 68 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.7 mi / 1.2 km
    Grade/Class:1,2
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:55F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:185 ft / 56 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.4 km
    Start Trailhead:saddle between peaks  835 ft / 254 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:225 ft / 68 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 185 ft / 56 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m
    Gain on way out:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    End Trailhead:saddle between peaks  835 ft / 254 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Atlanta-6

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Rottenwood Creek Hill 9352018-01-24 a180 ft / 55 m
2West Palisades CRNRA HP 10202018-01-24 b225 ft / 69 m
3Rottenwood Creek Hill 9352018-01-24 c100 ft / 30 m
Total Trip Gain: 505 ft / 154 m    Total Trip Loss: 505 ft / 154 m



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