Paradise Trail - # 74

Area Status: Open
This area is Open


The Northwest portion of the Blue Range Primitive Area where this trail is located has been severely affected by the Wallow Fire of June 2011. The area is currently open to public use and entry - HOWEVER trails may not have been recently assessed or maintained for hazards associated with the fire, so plan your trip accordingly.

Please keep in mind that any area affected by the wildfire can be prone to hazards such as falling trees, flooding and burned out stump holes. The environment you are entering is highly susceptible to rainstorms and wind events. Any time you enter the forest, you should be aware of your environment and changing weather conditions. You are responsible for your own safety! Always look up, look down, and look all around.

Ponderosa pine-rimmed mountain meadows, good views of Steeple Creek and Grant Creek, and access to a clear forest stream provide the major attraction for this trail. 


As with all Wilderness and Primitive Area trails, # 74 is open to hiking and horse use, but all types of motorized and mechanized travel are prohibited.

As you wander through the varied forest landscape, you'll also get a good look at several of the different habitats that form just part of the broad diversity for which the Blue Area is well known.

Leaving Grant Creek, the trail passes near Moonshine Park, another green meadow shaded by ponderosa. Along this stretch, gaps in the trees along the trail provide good views of Steeple Creek and Grant Creek Canyons, as well as Bear Mountain to the east. The trail then drops through stands of pinyon-juniper and scrub oak into Steeple Creek. Along this intermittent stream, riparian species include a good population of big-toothed maple. Though small and unassuming, those wispy saplings make Steeple Creek a colorful place to visit in the fall when the maples color the canyon's inner reaches with brilliant hues of pink and red.

Trail Log:

  • 0.0 Paradise Park, a ponderosa pine flat
  • 0.5 Contours around a pine and fern basin
  • 1.7 Crosses Grant Creek. Junction with Upper Grant Creek Trail (# 65)
  • 2.2 Passes 150 yards to the east of Moonshine Park
  • 4.2 Junction with Steeple Trail (# 73)

USGS Maps: Beaverhead, Bear Mountain, Strayhorse

At a Glance

Usage: Medium
Best Season: May through October
Restrictions: No mechanized vehicles (including mountain bikes) permitted in Primitive Area
Information Center: Alpine Ranger District
(928) 339-5000
TTY: (928) 339-4566

General Information


Paradise Trail is accessible only from other backcountry trails including Grant Creek Trail (# 75), Upper Grant Creek Trail (# 65) and Steeple Trail (# 73). The easiest route is via Grant Creek Trail. Drive south out of Alpine on Us 191. Just south of Hannagan Meadow turn left (east) to the Steeple Trailhead. Hike the Foote Creek Trail (# 76) 3.5 miles to Grant Creek Trail (# 75). Follow trail # 75 about 2.4 miles to its junction with Paradise Trail (# 74).

An alternative, shorter- though steeper- route is via the P-Bar Lake Trail (# 326) . Follow the P-Bar Lake Trail .6 mile fromt he P-Bar Trailhead to the Grant Creek Trail and to the junction with the Paradise Trail.

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4.2 miles

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  Elevation : 
7,360 feet - 7,764 feet