Pacific Crest Trail to Paradise Park Loop 757

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Mount Hood National Forest

Pacific Crest Trail to Paradise Park Loop 757 is a 13.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Government Camp, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, bird watching, and backpacking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length13.4 miElevation gain2,867 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashBackpackingHikingBird watchingRunningForestRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeScramble
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FIRE CLOSURE: From Sep 25, 2020 - May 15, 2021 there are closures in this park or area due to wildfire. For more information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/mthood/alerts-notices/?aid=62187 This beautiful route features creeks, wildflowers, and fall colors. Users have reported if you go right at the loop you do harder elevation upfront but have more shade coming back down, which was great for a hot afternoon.

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Cari Stevens
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HikingBlowdownGreat!

Oct 4 was a beautiful day for this hike. Fall colors were a real treat. Many blown down trees-several piles of blown down trees across the trail. Doable with a day pack, just some extra work and time.

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Patrick Baker
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RunningBlowdown

Lots of blow down. Would be a hassle with a heavy pack on. Not a big deal for runners. The paradise loop trail was completely clear, though, and well worth climbing over the downed trees on the PCT portion.

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Luba Bazyuk
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Walking

Great views! Wild flowers and clear creeks!

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Brandon Fluegel
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HikingGreat!

No joke! Overall best trail I have ever hiked

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Jennifer Letter
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Hiking

Gorgeous. Lots of ups and downs. I encountered so many people on the way back.

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Art Avitia III
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful hike. On August 30th, still plenty of flowers. We went on a Sunday and started at 7am. First 3/4 was pretty quiet but last 1/4 got very busy. My garmin tracked 2,951 ft elevation gain and 12.90 miles. Took us minutes under 4 hours.

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Megan Mathew
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HikingGreat!

So so crowded, but for good reason. Pick a weekday or go early if you can. I went August 9th 2020 and almost everyone I saw masked up when passing if you have concerns about that.

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Joshua Williams
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Hiking

Rad, as always!

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Alana Robbie
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BackpackingGreat!

I like to make this loop an overnight at least once a year sometime in mid July. The trail is almost always completely thawed out by then, and I’ve never had an issue with the crossings (with dogs!) The hike up and down zigzag canyon is a real workout in the heat with a pack, but I still believe this loop has the most bang for your buck of almost any overnight with its effort to scenery ratio. This trail is as crowded as ever but people thin out past the paradise park loop junction and camps are well spread out with respectful campers. I’m always pleased to see backpackers exercising leave-no-trace practices in this area.

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Carrie Noble
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Hiking

Incredible trail! The elevation gain is a challenge but well worth the views. Water crossings are not a big deal if you’re willing to get your feet a bit wet. Recommend trekking poles to help with the last upward 3 miles and some loose rock spots but not essential. Would give this 5 stars but for the traffic- there were tons of people out and almost no one was wearing masks or observing right of way, even though the trail was narrow and crowded at points. It got better once hitting the loop. If you go right at the loop you do harder elevation upfront but have more shade coming back down, which was great for a hot afternoon.

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Jessica W
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HikingGreat!

Very crowded, many not wearing masks, but the hike itself was gorgeous! Highly recommend trekking poles to help with the river crossing.

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Katelyn B
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HikingGreat!

This trail was amazing! Rigorous but well worth it. Wear good shoes with traction and save your energy as a good portion of the trail on the way back is up hill. Breathtaking views and scenery.

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Megan Clark
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Hiking

Two friends and I headed down the PCT onto Paradise Loop (757) and rounded back to the PCT. All in all, it was a great time. Clocked in a 14+ mile/8 hour day with breaks, lunch, and several detours. Our dogs are barking, but the hike has everything; water features, great views, good inclines/declines, an option to backpack, and the paths were well maintained aside from the occasional manageable muddy patch. Would totally return to backpack and stretch it out a few days. There were some sick camping spots. Highly recommend starting 7am or earlier. The weather was great, and we didn’t encounter many hikers till on the way back around 2pm. We were curious if there’d be bugs from previous reviewers, but we didn’t come across any mosquitoes or flies. (Yay!) Two water bottles per person was sufficient for us. Have fun!

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Black Bear
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Hiking

Flowers not yet at peak, but close. Very pretty. Warm but a nice break from the city. Very crowded.

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Joshua Williams
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Joe Boston
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Hiking

Front loading the elevation gain will greatly help with energy levels on the return trip. Make a right on Paradise Park Loop and do the first climb early.

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Ryan Tinker
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Hiking

Good condition. Zigzag crossing was easy. Plenty of water on the trail after Zigzag canyon.

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Jamie Cattanach
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I mean, it's called Paradise Park for a reason. No part of this trail is particularly steep, but the last few miles of up feel a little insulting after you've already got ten miles on you legs, especially with the sandy footing. Still, super worthwhile -- the flowers are so intense right now, the views of Jefferson and Hood herself, the chance to put your feet in a cool mountain stream... definitely go.

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Amrik Kerketta
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HikingGreat!

My first time to Paradise Park. The trail from Timberline to the top of Zig Zag Canyon is a steady undulation. Then it descends down through the forest to reach the canyon and river. Crossing was easy, even at 5pm in the evening. Then you climb back out of the canyon. Wildflowers were best around the Traill 778 junction - if you wander up there, you'll eventually see Mississippi Head, but I turned around and continued to Split Rock. Great views of the mountain from there, and north to Mount Saint Helens. The loop is uneventful after that, but there is another canyon with a waterfall that looked great at sunset. The final 3 miles of steady uphill after crossing over Zig Zag Canyon again, is a bit of a slog.

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Jenna Taddeo
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Hiking

It’s a long, tough one in the sun but if you start it early it’s so rewarding. Once you get to zigzag make sure you walk up stream a little bit to the waterfall - it’s worth it and so refreshing in the heat.

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Ellen Bugbee
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Hiking

Beautiful trail! Moderate ups and downs but nothing too strenuous.

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Jacob Hogan
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Hiking

Great hikes with a great view. Pretty congested in parts on the weekend but still really great. I wouldn't recommend this for anyone who is a mild hiker because there are some steep and wet areas that could be difficult to navigate of you're not familiar with how to cross. Enjoy and be safe.

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Morgan Seip
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Hiking

This trail was freaking amazing! I am a pretty fresh backpacker and definitely had some moments that pushed my edge, but overall- a totally rewarding and incredible experience! Newton creek was the most challenging river crossing for me, as the Elliot has a log that has fallen and made crossing super easy! So many beautiful spots. Did it in 3 nights and 4 days. Would've don't it in 4 nights as a beginner and felt like I wasn't able to fully stop and smell the AMAZING wildflowers as much as I would have liked. A life changing experience, Mt Hood is so incredibly beautiful!

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Brandon Morelli
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Hiking

Absolutely breathtaking. We had amazing views of seven different OR/WA mountain peaks, PDX at night, and a sky full of stars once the sun went down. Trail was fairly crowded up until the Zigzag river. From there it thinned out a bit. 9/10 people we passed had a mask on. Lots of people spent the night up in the meadows around us -- at least 6 other tents in view. Lots of water available right now: Lost creek and the stream by split rock to name two.

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James Mater
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HikingSnow

A bit crowded but it was July 4. Most people had masks and were courteous about social distancing when passing me. Quite a few round the mountain backpackers and a few PCT thru-hikers

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Josh k
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Hiking

Outstanding trail. Love the hikes around Mt. Hood and this is a definite must.

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Lexy Hayes
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BackpackingSnow

Beautiful area! Started from Timberline but only made it about 3 miles out on the PCT before we totally lost the trail due to snow. Was hoping to camp in paradise park but had to turn back. Past a couple other backpackers that had to turn back as well. Disappointing for sure. Definitely plan to come try again in late July / August.

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Josh Hall
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Hiking

Only hiked the upper/norther portion of the "loop." I started at a different trailhead and traversed up to Paradise Park. Overall, this area is amazingly beautiful. Snow concerns, for me, were minimal although I did lose the trail a bit trying to find the crossing over Lost Creek. Fell twice as well, but I mostly attribute this to my trying to get to the treeline quickly as it seemed like weather was moving in. In 2-3 more weeks I would guess almost all the snow will be gone, Overall beautiful trail, wildflowers are popping, and this is a fantastic alpine meadow region to explore.

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Kari Dammerman
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Tough loop for this newbie backpacker, but the views made it worth every step in the snow. The pup and I took off from Timberline on Friday and were greeted with a bluebird sky. Expected a lot of people but only saw 1 other person after Zig Zag Canyon. After lots of postholing, spent the night at the coveted Split Rock site. Gorgeous sunset. Got accosted by what I think is a yellow-bellied marmot living in the rock. High winds almost all night. Greeted with a beautiful sunrise over Hood in the morning. Lots of snow and tough going from Split Rock to the PCT. Passed a really nice little campsite before we connected with the PCT and headed back south to Zig Zag. Lots of snow and people. River crossing was much different day 2 -- all that snow melt made it seem twice as swift. Lots of melt as we got closer to the lodge; almost felt like a different trail. Couldn't be more excited to get back to the car. Note: Anyone hoping to do the Timberline loop, two guys walking wearily back to the the lodge said they tried to do the loop and got as far as the Sandy River before they hit a snow wall and turned around due to safety concerns.

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