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Day Hike - Paradise Area (summer)

Hiked counter-clockwise from Reflection Lk TH (no bathrooms). Mazama ridge had a few hikers until we reached the Sluiskin falls area and then is very busy with hikers from Paradise.

  • Sat, Jul 23, 2016
  • Day Hike - Paradise (summer)
  • Paradise (summer)
  • Day Hiking
  • Successful
  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • For a less busy trail, and in/out route up to the Paradise glacier instead of a loop will be quieter.  We found a few muddy areas but nothing we couldn't walk through.  All bridges in on the lower lakes trail.  Took Skyline to Golden gate trails into Paradise Inn for ice cream....crazy busy but worth it.  Lower lakes trail we saw 2 hikers on the way back to Reflection Lk

Note:  no functional cell service for calling or txt, so if you have hikers meeting up at the park entrance be specific in choosing your mtg place.  Flowers are just breaking out, beargrass, paintbrush, phlox and more are all starting to color the trail sides and meadow areas.  Saw a ptarmigan around Faraway rock area but not any sign of bears.  Good grade going up the east side of Mazama ridge.  Had a half dozen longer snowfields to cross on Skyline, so would recommend hiking poles for the next few weeks until that is melted out.  There is one last steep hill towards the end of the hike after you cross the lower road (from Paradise), more of a mental bump to take in the last mile or so before the end of the hike.

 

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