Paradise Park via Timberline Lodge

Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon

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  • Cascade aster (Aster ledophullus).- Paradise Park via Timberline Lodge
  • Unidentified buckwheat species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Paradise Park via Timberline Lodge
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  • Mount Hood (11,250') and lupine field.- Paradise Park via Timberline Lodge
  • View from along the Timberline/Pacific Crest Trail.- Paradise Park via Timberline Lodge
  • View of Mt. Hood's summit (11,250') from Zig Zag Canyon.- Paradise Park via Timberline Lodge
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  • Common western monkeyflower (Mimulus guttatus).- Paradise Park via Timberline Lodge
  • Pearly everlasting (Anaphalis nubigena).- Paradise Park via Timberline Lodge
  • Zig Zag Falls at the bottom of Zig Zag Canyon.- Paradise Park via Timberline Lodge
  • - Paradise Park via Timberline Lodge
  • Lupine (Lupinus) and arrowleaf groundsel (Senecio triangularis).- Paradise Park via Timberline Lodge
  • - Paradise Park via Timberline Lodge
  • - Paradise Park via Timberline Lodge
  • Paintbrush (Castilleja).- Paradise Park via Timberline Lodge
  • Lewis's monkey flower (Mimulus lewisii).- Paradise Park via Timberline Lodge
  • Western pasque flower (Anemone occidentalis) and Cascade aster (Aster ledophullus).- Paradise Park via Timberline Lodge
  • Magenta paintbrush (Castilleja parviflora) and lupine (Lupinus).- Paradise Park via Timberline Lodge
  • View looking west from Paradise Park.- Paradise Park via Timberline Lodge
  • Paradise Park.- Paradise Park via Timberline Lodge
  • View of Mount Jefferson (10,495') from Paradise Park.- Paradise Park via Timberline Lodge
  • View south from the trail.- Paradise Park via Timberline Lodge
  • Paradise Park in July- Paradise Park via Timberline Lodge
  • Paradise Park in July.- Paradise Park via Timberline Lodge
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Incredible wildflowers in August. Views of Mount Jefferson, Three Sisters and Mount Hood.
Cons: 
Only accessible in late summer.
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Region:
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
2,300.00 ft (701.04 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
11.30 mi (18.19 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,900.00 ft (1,798.32 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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As the snow melts on the slopes of Wy'east in late summer, many worthy subalpine hiking trails open for exploration, but the hike to Paradise Park is one adventure everyone should prioritize. Simply put, Paradise Park boasts the most plush, lively and abundant wildflower meadows in Oregon's Cascades. 

One of the perks of the hike is that it begins and ends at Timberline Lodge, so you can order a fresh salad or a cold beer to sustain you for the 6 miles in on the dusty trail. The trail passes through groves of mountain hemlock and patches of Sitka mountain ash before reaching Zig Zag Canyon. Here, casual hikers may choose to enjoy the view and turn back after seeing the Zig Zag chasm.  Indeed, it appears as intimidating as it is beautiful. To cross this canyon you'll drop roughly 1,000 feet in elevation and regain 1,200 feet, but the effort makes the destination that much more rewarding. Once you arrive you'll return through meadows full of lupine, various species of paintbrush, western pasque flower, Cascade aster, arrowleaf groundsel and stream banks lined with Lewis's and common western monkeyflower. You'll also find numerous backcountry campsites to call home.  Enjoy!

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