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    James Falconi reviewed Paradise Park Trail

    11 months ago

    This is a first class hike. It embodies the cornucopia for the senses offered by many sub-alpine and high forest ecosystems surrounding mountains. Really enjoyed seeing Mt. Jefferson so many times on this trail. At one particular point at the beginning of this hike, you can even see South Sister and Mt. Bachelor lined up behind Mt. Jefferson. ***Key info you need to know if you're going to hike in July or August 2017.*** There are many downed trees on the 757 and 778 portions of the loop. Also, there are many snow hills that you need to be careful when crossing. Crampons would make it a breeze but are not necessary. Furthermore, this loop is a shorter/different loop created from the longer official Paradise park loop. If you follow the signs and not this map, you'll wind up off this map and possibly very confused - as I was at one point. *The dashed lines above the solid red line indicate the official full loop*. See Green Trails Map #462 and #461 for another reference. If you want to do THIS loop as drawn here in dark red (what you'll download to your phone or GPS) then note that when you get to the intersection involving the Paradise Park loop and the Paradise Trail #778, take the descending #778 (which parallels the ZigZag River) but you won't be on it for long. Soon you'll see another crossroads where there's a sign indicating the way back to Timberline Lodge. Next time, I'll do the official loop. The views were sometimes better the further I went off this route. Next time, I won't be using this map! But this is a nice day loop for those on a time budget.

    James Falconi added Mount Hood

    11 months ago

    James Falconi reviewed High Divide Trail

    over 1 year ago

    James Falconi reviewed Obstruction Peak via Deer Park Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Very dramatic and rewarding views on this hike. The first half is nice, but it really opens up with views into Grand Valley and Badger Valley about halfway through. It can get windy up there; and I suppose quite often. I would love to hike this when it isn't a gorgeous and clear summer day, too. When the visibility is good, you'll have plenty of reason to stop all of the time and look around on this trail. That gets difficult sometimes because of the trail condition. When I hiked this trail in late August 2016, I encountered parts of it that were in need of some attention. The closer you get to Obstruction Point, the more the path narrows and becomes populated with scree. I really wanted to go back there and shovel off the scree that was beginning to flow over the path for a few miles. Bring some trekking poles and take your time.

    James Falconi added San Juan Islands

    over 1 year ago

    James Falconi added Mt. Baker - Snoqualmie

    over 1 year ago

    James Falconi added North Cascades

    over 1 year ago

    James Falconi added Rainier

    over 1 year ago

    James Falconi completed Whytecliff Trail

    over 1 year ago

    James Falconi completed Discovery Park Loop Trail

    over 1 year ago

    James Falconi completed Seward Park

    over 1 year ago

    James Falconi completed Grouse Grind Trail

    over 1 year ago

    James Falconi completed Stanley Park Seawall Trail

    over 1 year ago

    James Falconi completed Lighthouse Park Trail

    over 1 year ago

    James Falconi completed Cape Meares State Park Loop

    over 1 year ago

    James Falconi completed Triple Falls Trail (CLOSED)

    over 1 year ago

    James Falconi completed Shi Shi Beach Trail

    over 1 year ago

    James Falconi completed Hoh Rain Forest Hall of Moss

    over 1 year ago

    James Falconi completed Mount Storm King

    over 1 year ago

    James Falconi completed Heart O' the Forest Trail

    over 1 year ago

    James Falconi completed Obstruction Point Road

    over 1 year ago

    James Falconi completed Badger Valley Trail

    over 1 year ago

    James Falconi saved Hoh River Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    James Falconi saved Mount Ellinor Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    James Falconi saved Shi Shi Beach Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    James Falconi saved Mount Storm King

    almost 2 years ago

    James Falconi saved Lake Angeles Trail

    almost 2 years ago