Paradise Park Trail #778

Paradise Park Trail

This trail enters the Mount Hood Wilderness. This trail climbs a forested ridge above the north side of the Zigzag River eventually accessing the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail and Paradise Park, an alpine meadow with a view of Mt Hood.

This trail begins at Forest Road 2639-021 (2,800’) and ends at Paradise Park Loop Trail #757 (5,760’). From Forest Road 2639-021, the trail climbs gradually before starting up several switchbacks to a flat point after 1.7 miles. The trail continues northwest 0.7 mile to a ridgeline. The trail follows the ridgeline and climbs 3.25 miles to the junction with Zigzag Mountain Trail #775. There are nice views of the Zigzag Canyon along the ridgeline. Continue straight on #778 and after 0.2 mile the trail reaches the junction with the Pacific Crest Trail #2000. The trail continues through meadows and more open forest 0.5 mile to Paradise Park Loop Trail #757. This junction is considered the old trail’s end. The trail continues, however, a further 0.5 mile through alpine meadows to a spectacular viewpoint (6,240’). Part of this trail was reconstructed in 1999 changing the steeper sections into more gradual terrain with switchbacks. The trail is a steady climb most of its length. While it does follow a ridgeline, it is not an “exposed ridge” that would be precarious for stock.

Trail Description and Map (PDF File)

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 09/22/2020: Trail cleared of logs from trailhead on FR 2639 to wilderness boundary. Past this point may be impassible.

Trailhead has moved to the field across from the Paradise Park Christian Camp Cabin.
Permit Info: Free, self-issued wilderness permits are required from May 15 to October 15 when provided at a portal. Not all trails will have wilderness portals. 
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Wilderness restriction apply
Closest Towns: Zigzag, OR
Water: No
Restroom: No
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at the Paradise Park Trailhead from May 1 to October 31.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Zigzag Ranger District: (503) 622-3191

General Information


Access from Paradise Park Trailhead.

From Portland, OR - follow U.S. Hwy 26 22 miles east of Sandy and turn left (north) at Kiwanis Camp Road (Forest Road 2639) (approximately 0.6 mile east of milepost 48). Travel 1.2 miles on Kiwanis Camp Road to Forest Road 2639-021. Turn left (north) onto Forest Road 2639-021 and park in the parking area near the end of the road. 


Day Hiking


See day hiking.

Horse Riding

See paradise Park Loop Trail


Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
6.7 miles

  Elevation : 
2800' - 6240'