Paradise Valley Trail

MODERATE 19 reviews

Paradise Valley Trail is a 17.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Dunlap, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
17.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3372 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
7 days ago

I'm not sure if they were flies or mosquitoes (they weren't biting), but not even they could prevent this from being a great hike.

hiking
9 days ago

Bring a face net to keep all flies out of your face, but otherwise it's a beautiful hike!

hiking
14 days ago

We were prepared for the mosquitoes. I had brought head nets and plenty of water. Even had a chance to do a little fishing. It was so serene and beautiful. We even were lucky enough to hike up with a Park Ranger to Mist falls. Who had some great information about the wildlife in the area before we continued on to lower Paradise valley. We also got a chance to see some deer on our way back. The weather was ideal for this wonderful journey!

hiking
16 days ago

backpacking
1 month ago

Are dogs really allowed on this trail? I thought dogs can't go anywhere within the national parks.

backpacking
1 month ago

Did this hike as part of backpacking the Rae Lakes Loop. I would highly recommend doing the loop - it's beautiful! Here is a trip report with pictures and logistical info: https://backpackersreview.wordpress.com/trip-reports/rae-lakes-loop/

backpacking
2 months ago

backpacking
3 months ago

What a ride!

For anyone interested in hiking Kings Canyon NP from Roads End Permit Station I have an update as of 5/25. If you are looking for a trip free of snow(ish) then this may be your ticket!

I hiked to upper paradise valley this week. This is accessed from the woods creek trail head. Mist Falls is a beauty to behold.

The trail and campsites are mostly clear of snow with the exception of a large avalanche 5 and a half miles up the trail. Not too difficult to pass.

The real challenge is a series of flooded sections just below the lower paradise valley. A massive log jam has made it rather diffcult to pass with water ranging from 2 to 4 feet deep. The current is negliable in these sections but i recomend being preapred to scale a lot of boulders or carry your pack above your head if you want to make it through. That water was inhumanly cold...

The campsites were in decent condition. I recommend a meadow between middle and upper paradise for gorgeous views. Check near the aspen trees to the right by the river for some flat ground and easy access to water.

Rae lakes is completely buried in snow according to the rangers 15+. Both of the bridges north of paradise valley are out with no word on when they will be repaired. Crossing via other means is severly discouraged as two lives have already been lost to the swift currents this year. As a bonus the view next to mist falls was breathtaking in its ferocity.

Reach out to the park for up to date info and permit info.

https://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/wilderness_permits.htm

Call and plan sooner than later!!!

hiking
3 months ago

I hiked this trail on May 28. The flow of water was awe inspiring (probably more so than later months because of the melting snow). After a short switchback above the Mist Fall, there was a 200-ft section that was covered by packed snow as well as a few 100-ft sections where the trail was flooded and you would have to scramble over boulders. Other than that, the trail remains relatively flat rest of the way up to the Paradise Valley.

hiking
3 months ago

Part of the trails before paradise valley was covered in packed snow and after that it was flooded but it was a nice hike

hiking
10 months ago

everything you could possibly get on a day hike. panorama views, rivers, waterfalls, thick forests, south facing granite switchbacks, gnarled mountain peaks. all around perfect hike.

hiking
10 months ago

Sunday, August 07, 2016

hiking
Thursday, July 21, 2016

best

hiking
Monday, August 03, 2015

Beautiful!

hiking
Thursday, January 01, 2015

did this with the Rea lakes loop. BEAUTIFUL

hiking
Tuesday, June 26, 2012

camping
Monday, October 03, 2011