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Paradise Park Loop Trail - No. 757

Contact Info
Mt. Hood National Forest
70220 E. Hwy. 26
Zigzag, OR 97049

Phone:
503-622-3191
Basics
Length:
2.6 miles one-way
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
1.5 - 2.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
5000 feet
Elevation Range:
5000 feet to 5800 feet
Elevation Change:
800 feet
Season:
July to early October

Description

This trail is in the 47,160-acre Mt Hood Wilderness Area, part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. This trail offers a magnificent close-up view of Mt. Hood while passing through fragile alpine meadows noted for outstanding floral displays. This trail begins and ends well into the Mt Hood Wilderness so other trails need to be used to access it. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail No. 2000, which is also the Timberline Trail No. 600 in this area, and Paradise Park Trail No. 778 all access the Paradise Park Loop Trail No. 757. Combining this trail with trail No. 2000/600 makes the "loop”. This trail ranges in grade from 5-15%. Most of this trail is above treeline.

Regulations & Leave No Trace Information: Much of this alpine meadow environment is bedded is an easily eroded sandy soil to off trail activities should be very limited since "user trails” develop so easily.

Regulations: ?? Wilderness Permits are required between May 15 and Oct 15, but are free and self-issuing at a permit box station along the trail. ?? Group size is limited to 12. On trails that allow stock, stock are counted in the group size. For example, 3 people each riding their own horse plus a spare horse in the group for packing would make a group of 7. ?? No campfires are allowed in the Paradise Park area.

Leave No Trace: ?? Plan Ahead and Prepare – Have your 10 essentials? ?? Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces- This is the key LNT concept to be aware of at this site. Avoid areas where impacts are just beginning. Use existing campsites. ?? Dispose of Waste Properly – Pack out even the smallest food scrapes (yes apple cores) ?? Leave What You Find – Please do not pick wildflowers, even if abundant. ?? Minimize Campfire Impacts – No fires are allowed at Paradise Park. ?? Respect Wildlife – Don’t give wildlife a chance to be habituated to human food. ?? Be Considerate of Other Visitors – Keep your dog close to you.

Details

Length:
2.6 miles one-way
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
1.5 - 2.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
5000
Elevation Range:
5000 feet to 5800
Elevation Change:
800
Season:
July to early October

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

Access via Paradise Park Trail #778, it is an uphill 6.6 mile hike from Rd 2639 up trail #778 to its junction with Paradise Park Loop #757. A Northwest Forest Pass is required to park at this trailhead.

Access via Timberline Lodge on Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000 - hike westward from the lodge 3.7 miles to the southern end of the Paradise Park Loop Trail. No Northwest Forest Pass is needed at Timberline Lodge.


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