Timberline Trail and Paradise Park Loop

HARD 26 reviews
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Timberline Trail and Paradise Park Loop is a 11.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Rhododendron, Oregon that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, birding, and backpacking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
11.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3372 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

hiking

trail running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bridge out

scramble

washed out

backpacking
4 days ago

This trail was beautiful! I didn't go the whole way because of time restraints but I started at the lodge and went down to the river. It's mostly downhill going out and pretty steep. We were there early August and the trail got pretty wet. If you have poles, you'll want to bring them with!

hiking
10 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

Beautiful! Favorite hike by far. The actual trail is marked different then the app. So make sure to read up on the map before descending!

18 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

7/22/17. Great day hike. Used AllTrails gps function after speaking w/ a fellow hiker. Turned it on, threw it in my pocket and consulted it a couple times, which turned out to be very helpful in a few spots.

Began at Timberline Trail #600 (which is also the Pacific Crest Trail-PCT #2000). Trail begins just east of the Timberline Lodge. The plan was to hike to the intersection of Paradise Park Loop Trail #757, and take this trail up to the intersection with the PCT, then return via the PCT to complete the loop. However, the entrance to #757 was completely blocked with about 15 yards of heavy brush. Did not feel like crawling through it. Continued on the PCT instead, which turned out to be a blessing. After about a mile or so hike through quiet and heavily forested terrain, the trail opened up to a dramatic vista with clear views of Mt Rainier. Got onto the upper part of Paradise Park Loop #757 and hiked among nearly full meadows of bright wildflowers. Took the Paradise Park Trail #778 to avoid the brush blockage on the latter portion of #757 I spotted earlier. Overall, a great experience. Phone died out along the way. Started around 0745 and took about 7.5 hours to complete, including lots of picture taking and breaking for lunch. ***THINGS TO NOTE*** There were a few areas with significant flies, but they were not the biting type and were not a problem. Nevertheless, I did use OFF Deep Woods with so-so results. Also, there were a few wide snowfields and a couple tricky crossings where hiking poles would have definitely come in handy. Furthermore, the trail signposts at the junction of the PCT & #778, as well as the post at the intersection of PCT & the upper part of #757, were knocked down, so take care and check in with the AllTrails gps if you are unsure of your direction.

hiking
20 days ago

hiking
26 days ago

The views were beautiful, wild flowers galore! But also lots of bitey horse flies, LOTS. Deet spray made no diff. Otherwise gorgeous scenery!

hiking
26 days ago

hiking
26 days ago

hiking
26 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Incredible views of Mt Hood and terrific alpine meadows. Perfect timing right now for maximum wildflower bloom. Windless and 75degress it was perfect weather. Zigzag canyon is deep but has nice switchbacks and an easy water crossing at the bottom. Not much snow at this time but several downed trees around PCT and 757 trail juncture. I took #778 and it had also several downed trees. Well worth the effort as the views are stellar! Mt.Jefferson and Three Fingered Jack and a glimpse of Three Sisters all to the south and an up close and personal view of Mt. hood summit directly N. If you continue N of paradise park on unmarked trail at #778 and #757 it leads higher up through wildflower meadows toward Mississippi Head. The return trip to Timberline Lodge has the 1000' descent and ascent at zigzag canyon so save some energy for that

backpacking
10 months ago

11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

This loop is a GREAT day hike. Get up close to Hood and amazing wildflowers even till now. When you get to the split off from the PCT take the right and go counterclockwise up Paradise Park Loop trail. You will get some great incline going that direction. Very nice hike and workout with a good sized pack on.

Monday, August 15, 2016

backpacking
Friday, July 22, 2016

Amazing! I did the counterclockwise loop starting at Timberline which I felt was perfect - get the hard, rocky stuff over and done with in the beginning and leave the long stretches of lovely forests and meadows for the end! Camped at Gnarl Ridge, Cairn Basin and then Paradise Park, which was the perfect ending to a beautiful trip. Eliot Creek crossing was dicey but if you cross where other people recommend (parallel to the Cloud Cap shelter) it would probably be far less scary (mine just involved a frightening solo scramble up loose sandstone boulders). I really recommend the long haul from Cairn to Paradise (14 miles but mostly downhill) because if the weather is clear like it was for me, Paradise has the most amazing vistas and it makes for a really easy last day!

trail running
Sunday, July 03, 2016

Kicked my ass and was worth every second

backpacking
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Best backpacking trip ever! Elliot Glacier was a challenge and White River kept surging. Simply awesome!

camping
Tuesday, December 01, 2015