Paradise Park, Mt Hood
Mount Hood Pussypaws
Subalpine Cat's Ears
Late July is a phenomenal time to visit Paradise Park on the the southwest slopes of Mt Hood, nestled up on fingers of meadows stretching out from the forest between the Paradise Branch of the Sandy River and the Zigzag River. From Timberline Lodge, the Timberline Trail No.600 heads west, down to the Zigzag river, and then climbs up to where the Paradise Park Loop Trail No.757 climbs up and into the area before descending back down north on the Timberline. It's a bit more than a 12 mile loop starting from the Lodge.
The trail meanders for about a mile and a half through incredible displays of wildflowers in meadows, forests, and the slopes of headwaters of Lost Creek and Rushing Water Creek. There are a plethora of campsites scattered throughout the whole area offering some great opportunities for sunsets. Paths explore up the reaches toward Mississippi Head. Split Rock, a large boulder cracked in half is sometimes the throne of Marmots.