Paradise Park Trail #778
ElevationAscent: 3,412' 1,040 m
Descent: -12' -4 m
High: 6,219' 1,896 m
Low: 2,819' 859 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 40% (22°)
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“Paradise Park Trail is a long forested slog until you reach timberline where the wildflower meadows and views wow you!”— Kathleen Walker
From Forest Road 2639-021, the trail climbs gradually before starting up several switchbacks to a flat point after 1.7 miles. The trail continues northwest 0.7 miles to a ridgeline. The trail follows the ridgeline and climbs 3.25 miles to the junction with Zigzag Mountain Trail #775. There are nice views of the Zigzag Canyon along the ridgeline.
Continue straight on #778 and after 0.2 mile the trail reaches the junction with the Pacific Crest Trail #2000. The trail continues through meadows and more open forest 0.5 mile to Paradise Park Loop Trail #757. This junction is considered the old trail’s end. The trail continues, however, a further 0.5 mile through alpine meadows to a spectacular viewpoint (6,240’). Part of this trail was reconstructed in 1999 changing the steeper sections into more gradual terrain with switchbacks. The trail is a steady climb most of its length. While it does follow a ridgeline, it is not an “exposed ridge” that would be precarious for stock.
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Land Manager: USFS - Mt. Hood National Forest - Zigzag Ranger Distict