|Mississippi Head (that dark, pointy cliff to the far right) from Paradise. I've been eyeing this route for a while|
|The drier side of Paradise. I love these wide-open areas|
|Marut, meet Hood. Hood, meet Marut.|
|crossing the Zig Zag|
|what trail dust does to my toes|
The quarter is over. After two days wrangling with the Chia Pet territory that (previously) was my back yard, I grabbed my friend Marut for a long, leg-stretching hike through Paradise Park.
Stats for the day include one Burgerville breakfast sandwich, thru-hikers, flowers and ice cold creeks, mountain and more mountain, high alpine sunshine, sun block and sweat and dust, more flowers, huckleberries, one bear scat, pinky toe blisters, and ear-to-ear, face-splitting grins.
Roughly 13 miles with off trail meanderings, ~ 2300 feet elevation gain