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Paradise Park Loop Trail #757

Intermediate

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2.5 mile 4.1 kilometer point to point
82% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 797' 243 m
Descent: -368' -112 m
High: 5,795' 1,766 m
Low: 5,029' 1,533 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)

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Trail shared by Kathleen Walker

Paradise Park Loop Trail has some of the most stunning wildflowers and Mt. Hood views to be found on the mountain!

Kathleen Walker

Features 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.

Description

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.

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Every year on Mt. Hood, vibrant lupine carpet the valleys alongside the Paradise Park Trail. Photo by Gene Blick.
Jan 25, 2017 near Governm…, OR
Lupine meadows peppered with Indian paintbrush, western pasqueflower, penstemon and many other wildflowers surround the Paradise Park Loop Trail. Photo by Ethan Douglass.
Jan 3, 2017 near Governm…, OR
The wildflower show begins at the junction of Paradise Trail #778 and Paradise Park Loop Trail #757. Photo by Guy Meacham.
Jan 3, 2017 near Governm…, OR
Shoot for a bluebird day for your hike on the Paradise Park Loop Trail, as it is a long way to go with limited views on a cloudy day. Photo by Guy Meacham.
Jan 3, 2017 near Governm…, OR
The Paradise Park Loop Trail crosses rushing water on the flanks of Mt. Hood. Photo by Guy Meacham.
Jan 3, 2017 near Governm…, OR
Split Rock has one of the better views of Mount Hood in Paradise Park. Photo by Ethan Douglass.
Jan 3, 2017 near Governm…, OR

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