Paradise Meadow Professional Review and Guide
"What’s in a name? You look on a map and see a lake called Sapphire, or a ridge called Sawtooth, and you pretty much know what you’re going to find when you get there. The lake will be blue, and the ridge will be jagged. But Paradise Meadow? Paradise? The truth is, this meadow is extraordinary. Set in a steep-walled cirque, a clearly glacial feature in an otherwise very volcanic environment, the meadow is so soft and lush that it purrs. In midsummer, the wildflowers bloom in profusion, painting purple, white, and yellow streaks amid the vivid greenery. By late August, the flowers have begun to fade, but the grasses are tinged with autumnal gold, and shimmer richly when the wind combs through them. Highlights: Paradise Meadow is the premier meadow of the park, thick with wildflowers and watered by a meandering stream."