Paradise Creek Trail

Sequoia National Park, California 93262

Distance2.5mi
Elevation Gain1,767ft
Trailhead Elevation2,821ft
Top3,999ft
Elevation Min/Max2814/3999ft
Elevation Start/End2821/2821ft

Paradise Creek Trail

Paradise Creek Trail is a hiking trail in Tulare County, California. It is within Sequoia National Park. It is 2.5 miles long and begins at 2,821 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,767 feet. The Buckeye Flats Campground camp site is near the trailhead.

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Hiking Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (Falcon Guides)
Laurel Scheidt
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"Beginning at the site of an old Monachi village, this voyage offers a superb wildflower show in the spring, and also rewards you with two small waterfalls and many beautiful cascades. Start this excursion by crossing the Generals Highway in the crosswalk provided. You will find some Monachi bedrock mortars and an interpretive sign on the south side of the road to Buckeye Flat Campground. Hospital Rock is on the north side of this road, along with a stone stairway that leads up to a small viewing platform across from the native pictographs painted on its side." Read more
Top Trails Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: 64 Must-do Hikes for Everyone (Wilderness Press)
Mike White
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"Paradise Creek Trail is somewhat neglected by tourists visiting the foothills area. Perhaps the half-mile-plus walk along a paved road at the start is enough to deter the easily dissuaded. For the more diligent, the short climb beyond the Buckeye Flat Campground is a peaceful journey past lovely cataracts on both the Middle Fork Kaweah River and Paradise Creek. Before the Mineral King Road was improved, a much longer trail provided the main route to Mineral King from the Middle Fork. Today, only the first couple of miles are maintained. Situated beneath shady forest for most of the journey, the trail is a good choice for summer as well, although visitors will be most comfortable with an early start during the hottest days. Autumn is also a nice time to visit, when temperatures are mild, deciduous foliage is ablaze with color, and the height of tourist season has passed." Read more
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: Your Complete Hiking Guide (Wilderness Press)
Mike White
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"The Paradise Creek Trail is a little-known gem, providing a relatively temperate hike in the summer and a lowelevation alternative to the snowbound high country during the rest of the year." Read more

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3/9/2013
We took the Paradise Creek Trail on 9 March 2013. It was a bright a pretty day, with blue skies, lots of sun, and cool temperatures. We parked at Hospital Rock as Buckeye camp ground was not open yet. You follow a trail that runs between the Middle Fork of the Kaweah River and the much smaller Paradise Creek. It is a very shaded trail making it a cool hike. Going this early in the year, not all the trees and bushes had their leaves. The oaks and buckeye trees did not have their leaves but the conifer trees did. Most of the trail is very well marked a visible, but a couple of times deep in the trail, when it dropped close to the creek, it was hard to follow. It helped that a lot of the plants did not have their leaves yet. Without the obstruction of the leave, we found the trail farther ahead and up from the creek ten yards or so. When I do go back again I was thinking of bringing a small set of cutters to show the path better in this area. Much or the trail is high above Paradise Creek, and when the trees part you have wonderful view of Moro Rock and Sequoia Nation Park. The farther in you go on the trail, the closer the trail runs close to the creek. There are small pools and smooth rocky areas you can rest on. The water was very low this year, and there were not as many pools as might be there in a good water year. Almost at the end of the trail, the area becomes near the creek and very overgrown creating lots of moss growing over rocks and trees. It was beautiful and interesting to see. We hiked in about 2.5 miles from Hospital Rock, then returned the same way we came to make it a five mile hike. It was an easy hike. The hardest part was the road from Hospital Rock to the Buckeye Campground. I would recommend this hike to anyone wanting to spend some time in nature. One interesting tip about the hike, you will climb just high enough to leave the oak trees and start getting into the pine trees.
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