TOTAL MILES: 13 + miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 3700 ft
PACE: “Moderate” (2.0)
DIFFICULTY RATING: Difficult due to distance and elevation gain
ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: 6-7 hours
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.