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Paradise Park Hike. Mount Hood area

I have hiked this area in the middle of August and it is very beautiful and magnificent. This hike will start at Timberline Lodge and we will hike to Paradise Park. Along the way, we will see Zigzag Canyon, Mississippi Head, and other beautiful things. We will also hike part of the PCT.

http://www.portlandhikersfieldguide.org/wiki/Paradise_Park_from_Timberline_Lodge_Hike

We will make frequent stops and enjoy the scenery. Do not plan to be back by a certain time because we might want to stop by a place to eat dinner.

Distance: 12.1 miles round-trip to Paradise Park

Elevation gain: 2300 feet

High Point: 6,080 feet

Pace: 2-2.5mph

Outdoor time: 7-9 hours depending on the pace

Difficulty: Difficult

Mount Hood just recently had some snow. Please bring traction device because we will be in higher elevation around 6,00 feet.

Bring: 2-3 liters of water, ten essentials: According to the Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills, 6th edition, the ten essentials are:[3]

Map Compass (optionally supplemented with a GPS receiver)

Sunglasses and sunscreen

Extra food Extra water

Extra clothes Headlamp / flashlight

First aid kit

Fire starter (matches, chemical heat tabs, canned heat, or a magnesium stick)

[4] Knife

, good hiking boots, good hiking pole(s) ((you need them for balance, descending, and not hard on your knees) (of course, it is optional)), non cotton clothing, sun screen, lunch, snacks.

Depending on the mountain condition(s), please bring microspikes, ice axe, crampons (optional).

If you need transportation out to Timberline Lodge, the first meeting place will be at Gateway Transit Center (7:00AM):

Gateway Park & Ride Transit Garage: I-84 east to Exit 7 Halsey St.; take an immediate right on the exit on NE 99th Ave. Parking structure is second building on the right; go to the south end of the building to enter.  From I-205 take Exit 21A Glisan St. from either north or south. Proceed to east side of freeway and turn left at the stoplight for NE 99th Ave. Continue past the Park & Ride surface lot to the parking structure. Meet in the southeast corner of the garage.

If you do want to meet at Gateway Transit Center, here is the direction to the second meeting place. Timberline Lodge 8-8:30am

Driving direction:

Timberline Lodge is a venerable Depression-era masterpiece on the south slope of Mount Hood. This is the only trailhead in the Portland Hikers Field Guide that features fine dining and lodging. There is a maze of nature trails surrounding Timberline Lodge, all connecting to the Timberline Trail (no. 600), which is also the Pacific Crest Trail (no. 2000) along this portion.

To reach Timberline Lodge, follow Highway 26 a short distance past Government Camp, then turn left onto Timberline Road. Park east of the lodge in one of the signed parking areas. The upper parking area is restricted to lodge guests, and clearly marked. A snow-park permit is required to park in winter.

Suggested donation of 5-10 dollars to carpool drivers depending what kind of vehicle and how much miles per gallon at a driver's descretion.

If you have any questions, please message me. Thank you. I am looking forward to hosting and leading this hiking event. Also meeting people and breaking the ice. Of course, having a good time.

PARTICIPATE AT YOUR OWN RISK; Northwest Wilderness Group organizers are volunteers. We come prepared to lead you on a trail or off trail hike but assume no liability for your safety getting to or from the trail-head or on the hike. In case of accident, illness, or other incapacity, hikers must pay for their own medical and/or evacuation expenses, whether or not the hiker has specifically authorized them.

 

 

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  • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

    Just the three of us hiking with snow challenges. We all made it to Paradise Park to split rock. Nothing but sunshine and blue skies. The people are wonderful and enthusiastic. Thank you ladies for coming out and making it magnificent. I will see you on a next outdoor adventure.

    1 · October 7, 2013

  • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

    Jasmine. I will be about 15 minutes late. See you then.

    October 6, 2013

  • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

    Btw, Portland Marathon is tomorrow morning. Please check out the details on the website. The start time has changed to 7:30am. Thanks.

    October 5, 2013

  • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

    I just hiked in Mount Hood area today and we hit the snow level above 5,000 feet. I encourage you to bring traction device and might be more difficult due to snow over trails. I will bring markers so we will not lose track. If it gets really hard, we will turn back and can do a hike closer to that area. Marcella, yes I can give you a ride. Please message me your info. Thanks.

    October 5, 2013

  • Marcella

    Can someone pick me up in the morning? I live in NW. Send me a message if you can. Thanks!

    1 · October 5, 2013

  • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

    Yes, we are good to go. I am thinking about moving the start time to 7:30am. Yay or Nay?

    1 · October 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just called in to work :-(
    Need the $$
    Sorry have to cancel

    1 · October 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I woke this morning with my first cold of the season. I'm staying home to sleep this weekend. Sorry Chatchay, I was looking forward to this hike.

    1 · October 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hope you a have a good time. I'd like to join you, but I have to be at work in Hillsboro at 5pm. Some other time.

    1 · October 4, 2013

  • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

    Please do bring extra layer of clothing due to being in the mountain and I am sure that the snow will melt enough that we do not have to use traction device. I am bringing mine just in case. Thanks and I am looking forward to it.

    October 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does this loop go to the arch and the big cracked egg lol?

    1 · October 4, 2013

    • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

      Yes it does. I remember we descended down and saw two waterfalls. You will like it.

      1 · October 4, 2013

  • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

    The RSVP will open at 12pmthe today. Keep in mind that I might have to move it to another date. I will let you know tonight. Thanks.

    October 4, 2013

  • Rick L. J.

    When will we need snopark passes btw

    October 4, 2013

    • Dave

      Rick, Sno-Park passes are required November 1st thru April 30th. http://www.oregon.gov...­

      October 4, 2013

    • Dave

      It looks like Washington State may not honor Oregon Sno-Park passes this year and vice versa. This is the current reciprocity statement on the Oregon site (10/4/2013): "Sno-Park permits issued by California and Idaho are honored in Oregon. California and Idaho also honor Oregon's sno-park permits."

      October 4, 2013

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