PLEASE READ THE DESCRIPTION IN ITS ENTIRETY AND THE ACCOMPANYING LINKS SO SEE IF THIS HIKE IS APPROPRIATE BEFORE YOU RSVP.
Ephemeral Trail–Enjoy lasting memories on this Paradise Valley Trail
Land Agency: Snohomish County Parks
Roundtrip: 4.0 miles
Elevation gain: 200 feet
Contact: Snohomish County Parks
Notes: Dogs must be on leash; partially open to mountain bikes and horses
Access: From SR 522 in Maltby (5.0 miles east of Woodinville; 8.0 miles west of Monroe) head east on Paradise Lake Road for 1.7 miles to trailhead.
Good to know: dog-friendly, kid-friendly,(children 12 and over only on our hike)
Opened to the public on Earth Day 2009, Paradise Valley is one of Snohomish County’s newest parks. And since its opening nearly five years ago it has rapidly become one of the county’s more popular parks. Protecting from development nearly 800 forested acres on the edge of Suburbia, Paradise Valley is not only a hiking haven with its 13 miles of trails, but also a sanctuary for wildlife. Originally homesteaded in the 1880s, Paradise Valley now provides refuge for bear, cougar, deer, and a myriad of other critters both furry and feathered. And the park protects the headwaters of Bear Creek too, an important salmon rearing stream.
The park’s trails are well maintained and marked.
You’ll have fun exploring the park’s well-marked and extensive trail system. Most of trails are multi-use, so you’ll be sharing them with mountain bikers and equestrians as well. All of the trails are open to hikers and some are hiker only. Pick up a map at the kiosk at the main trailhead (or download one on line) before setting out.
Hiking with a group is very different from hiking as an individual. Each hiker has a responsibility to the group, as the group has a responsibility to each hiker. Participants should plan to stay with the group for the duration of the hike.
CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT
Dress for the Pacific Northwest out-of-doors: expect rain, snow, sunshine, fog and everything between.
You Should Have:
BACK PACK WITH
HIKING BOOTS OR HIKING SHOES,
MAP & COMPASS, FIRST AID KIT,
Extra clothes, at minimum, should include a warm hat, gloves and a warm shirt/top. Cotton is not advised. Synthetic materials such as fleece and wool are better alternatives.
Some circumstances could require you to spend the night outside.
Being prepared is for your safety and the safety of the group.
Dogs are required to be leashed on this hike and have their owner present. If you decide you want to unleash your dog, it must be under voice control, stay on the trail, and away from leashed dogs. Give your self and dog adequate space from others. Please respect other hikers on the trail and restrain your dog when approaching or being approached by others
Basically, the closer in and more popular the hike and bigger the group the more insistent I am that dogs remain on leash. You should come expecting to have your dog leashed at all times.