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Paradise Park via Paradise Park Trail

TOTAL MILES: 13 + miles
PACE: “Moderate” (2.0)
DIFFICULTY RATING: Difficult due to distance and elevation gain
PERMITS: NW Forest Pass

CARPOOLING: RT mileage is 80 miles, give or take; we suggest a mileage donation of 10 cents/mile/person, or $8.00. Exact change makes it easier to divide among our drivers. No one will be turned away for an inability to contribute. Thanks!

Let’s enjoy the “long route” to Paradise Park… this is branded as the official “Paradise Park” trail… We will start fairly low and the first 5 miles will be a side hill hike following a well maintained trail thru heavy forest. There should be a few viewpoints of the valleys and mountains on our way to the “prize”… we will cross the Timberline trail, and the trail leading in from Burnt lake before reaching the lower reaches of Paradise….where the mountain will open up onto fantastic views of the mountain itself, and open lush high alpine meadows bursting with wild flower displays. We will find a inviting spot to enjoy the scenery and our lunches…then complete the meadow loop and head back on the same trail to our vehicles.

NOTE: This is going to be a long day and a steady climb. Do not RSVP is you have early evening plans.

Note about my hiking style: I try to enjoy every hike while maintaining a slow but somewhat steady pace… usually at the end of the day my hikes average about 2- 2.25 mph regardless of terrain. It is never a race with me and I take time for brief layer and water breaks and I take pictures …mostly on the fly. I like to stay together as a group more or less… so if you are someone that needs to race up the hill or set records this is probably not the hike for you. Conversely if you need a lot of time to set up that perfect photo… or cant maintain a 2.0 MPH pace...there are probably other groups that will fit your style better as well. My goal is to provide an environment that everyone in the group can enjoy…while enjoying the amazing outdoors.

Please note that there is a MANUAL waiting list for this hike. What this means is that if a spot opens up everyone on the waiting list will automatically receive an e-mail notifying them of the opening. The first person (whether on the waiting list or not) to RSVP gets the spot.

NO DOGS, please.

What to bring:
• Sturdy hiking boots/shoes with at least one change of socks
• Two or three light layers of clothing that can be adjusted or removed as necessary (NO COTTON!!!)
• Rain gear
• Safety whistle, preferably on a cord around your neck (highly recommended)
• The 10 essentials*
• Trekking poles (never a bad idea)
• Lunch, snacks and plenty of water

*Navigation, Sun protection, Insulation, Illumination, First Aid, Fire, Repair Kit/Tools, Nutrition, Hydration, Emergency Shelter. For a more detailed description, check out “The Ten Essentials” on the Portland Hiking Meetup Group’s FILES page.

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  • Rene V.

    It was a perfect day to be out with a great group. Paradise Park truly lives up to its name. Thanks Steve for setting this up. Awesome photos also, thanks to all the photogs for posting them.

    July 28, 2013

  • Tim F

    If you have not been to Paradise Park, get up there! Great Hike. Thanks Steve for organizing and leading.

    July 28, 2013

  • Mitul S

    Amazing hike except all the poop on the trail. Little longer for me, but the last 4 miles were the best. :)

    July 27, 2013

  • Preston

    Awesome! Thanks a lot Steve!

    July 27, 2013

  • Shakul

    Great Hike Steve.... absolutely loved it. Looking forward to your next one.

    July 27, 2013

  • Bill

    Was 16.24 miles by my GPS... but I think it missed some distance when batteries quit. Would be AWESOMER if we didn't hold a 3.3mph moving average.

    July 27, 2013

  • Steve

    What an amazing hike... 17 miles with a awesome group of hikers... the PNW keeps delivering hike after hike!... Great day everyone!

    July 27, 2013

  • Zhong

    Got 3 stiches on my toe. Have to rest this weekend. Sorry for the last minute change. Hope someone can take my spot.

    July 26, 2013

  • pam

    Schedual changed and I Have to work. Have fun!

    July 26, 2013

  • Jerry G

    Looks like I'll be working :-( have fun on this hike!

    July 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi! My name is Sara. I live in Portland in the past several years. I've been trying to go hiking once a month by myself but now I'm looking for a group of people who share the same interest.

    July 24, 2013

  • Jerry G


    July 17, 2013

  • Rick L. J.

    Split rock is the perfect lunch spot.

    July 13, 2013

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