Paradise Park Loop Trail #757

Area Status: Open
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Paradise Park

This trail is within the Mount Hood Wilderness. It offers a view of Mount Hood while passing through meadows known for outstanding wildflowers. 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 outstanding view of Mt Hood. 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. Hikers must access this trail from Pacific Crest Trail #2000 (also named Timberline Trail #600 in this area) or Paradise Park Trail #778. Combining this trail with the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 (also #600) makes the 4.6 mile “loop” through Paradise Park.


Trail Description and Map (PDF File)

At a Glance

Permit Info: State of Oregon Sno-Park permit required November 1 through April 30 at Timberline parking lot..
Restrictions: Wilderness restrictions apply
Closest Towns: Government Camp, OR
  • A valid Recreation Pass is required at Paradise Park #778 trailhead from May 15th to October 1st.
  • No pass or permit is required while parking at Timberline Lodge May 1st - Oct. 31st. 
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Zigzag Ranger District- Zigzag Ranger Station

General Information


Access via Paradise Park Trail #778 – From Portland, OR go 23.6 miles on US Hwy 26 and turn left (north) on Kiwanis Camp Road (Road 39/Forest Road 2639), 0.7 mile east of milepost 48. Follow Kiwanis Camp Road for 1.2 miles then turn left onto Forest Road 2639-021. Follow Forest Road 2639-021 for 0.1 mile, crossing a bridge, to reach the trailhead for Paradise Park Trail #778. Follow Paradise Park Trail #778 for 6.6 miles to its junction with the Paradise Park Loop #757. (A Recreation Pass is required at this trailhead.)

Access via Timberline Lodge on Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000 - hike west from the lodge 3.7 miles to the southern end of the Paradise Park Loop Trail.



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  Area/Length : 
2.4 miles

  Elevation : 
5050' - 5800'


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