“Paradise Park Loop Trail has some of the most stunning wildflowers and Mt. Hood views to be found on the mountain!”
— Kathleen Walker
Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers
This trail suffered catastrophic blowdown in 2017. The Forest Service has done very limited clearing and climbing over and under blowdown on very steep sideslopes is necessary. They are planning trail work parties for summer 2018 to clear trail. Check trail conditions before heading out. Trail is snowed in until late June-mid July. Access trails to Trail #757 are more difficult that this destination. NWFP required in most trailheads.
Paradise Park Loop Trail #757 can be accessed from either the PCT #2000 or the Paradise Park Trail #778
. If you access it by climbing up Paradise Park Trail, turn right (south) at the PCT junction and go 1/2 mile to the Paradise Park Loop Trail. Head up the forested canyon, cross the stream to the other side of the canyon, and then cross it again higher up. Climb up out of that canyon to the next one and cross over the Paradise Park Trail at a higher point on the mountain. Drop into another drainage and then continue on through the meadows of wildflowers. At one point there is a large rock uphill called Split Rock. There are many campsites along this trail.
Flora & Fauna
Paradise Park Loop Trail offers fields of lupine, Indian paintbrush, alpine phlox, and many other large expanses of wildflowers amidst forests of subalpine fir and whitebark pine.