15.5 miles of hiking • 3500' elevation gain •
Took the Paradise Park Trail #778 from Kiwanis Camp Rd. Although the trip is longer and in the forest, the trail has a very gentle grade and the miles go by fast. Lots of saprophytes along this trail. All the blowdown has been cleared. Only saw 2 people on the 6 1/2 mile out and back portion of this trip.
At Paradise Park, there were surprisingly few people. The flower fields fantastic and fragrant, bugs minimal. I climbed up alongside the Zigzag Canyon, stopping to look down at the waterfalls as I had lunch. Then I traversed over to Split Rock-fun navigating the drainages.