Paradise Trail is a hiking trail in Tulare County, California. It is within Sequoia National Park. It is 4.7 miles long and begins at 6,527 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,627 feet. The Atwell Mill Campground camp site is near the trailhead. The trail ends near Paradise Peak (elevation 9,364 feet).
Paradise Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This trip takes you past the sequoias of Atwell Grove and on to views of the peaks surrounding the Mineral King Valley and the Middle Fork of the Kaweah, as well as the mighty Kaweah Peaks."
--Laurel Scheidt, Hiking Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (Falcon Guides).
"You can avoid the crowds on this nearly 10-mile out-and-back hike to the top of Paradise Peak, as most recreationists willing to drive the long and winding Mineral King Road are headed farther up the road to trailheads in Mineral King valley. Additionally, the climb to the former lookout is relatively stiff, which deters even more hikers from taking this trail. However, only the first 3.2 miles are moderately steep up a south-facing slope before you gain gentler terrain along Paradise Ridge. Along the way, the Atwell Grove boasts some of the largest giant sequoias in existence. Your effort to reach the summit is well rewarded with fine views of the Great Western Divide and the surrounding foothills."
--Mike White, Top Trails Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: 64 Must-do Hikes for Everyone (Wilderness Press).
"The Paradise Ridge Trail climbs up a shady, forested hillside through a dense grove of giant sequoias. Along the way are great views of the East Fork Kaweah River canyon and the Great Western Divide."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (Day Hike Books).
"You won’t have to fight the crowds here, as only a few hardy souls undertake the steep ascent to Paradise Peak. However, this climb up a south-facing slope to a superb view from the site of a former lookout isn’t as difficult as it seems. Giant sequoias in Atwell Grove, some of which are among the largest in existence, provide an added bonus."
--Mike White, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: Your Complete Hiking Guide (Wilderness Press).
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